At Carry the Future, we have a commitment to helping refugees around the world. This commitment extends to those families seeking asylum at the southern US borders. Read on for Team 58’s account of their time in Texas.
When Team 58 arrived in Texas, they found a startling scene: “Upon entering the Humanitarian Respite Center (HRC) at 8 AM, we were greeted with a chaotic scene of women, children, and men lying on pads scattered on the floor as well as meandering lines of families working their way toward several desks staffed by volunteers.” Springing into action, Team 58 began helping in any way they could: “We took our place behind a long granite-topped bar and began handing out the various materials that had been stocked there.”
Team 58 focused on providing essentials for every family seeking asylum: “Our day to day activities include handing out kits to the new arrivals so that each family has basic toiletry items. We repackage diapers, baby wipes, and baby formula into smaller containers.” Food, water, and toiletries are essentials, but so are love and comfort: “Just before families are ready to depart the center, we hand out bears to the smaller children.”
While Team 58 was busy preparing essentials for families to take with them, others were providing nourishment: “Other volunteers at the center are helping with the other major activities such as preparing and distributing meals, organizing and distributing clothing, and creating travel itineraries for the people.”
Team 58 did all they could to provide for everyone at HRC, but one task proved very difficult: “One thing that cannot be over emphasized is the need for shoelaces. The people arriving at HRC have had their shoelaces taken from them. We have been making short shoelaces out of paracord that we bought from Home Depot, but we went through a staggering 375 feet in a day.”
Thank you Team 58 for all of the good you are doing to help asylum seekers maintain some sense of comfort and dignity. Carry the Future is grateful for all of the volunteers who selflessly serve and our donors who make that service possible.
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