This summer, Carry the Future has sent distribution teams to Texas to provide help for families seeking asylum. Team 58 recently finished their trip where they provided food, toiletries, and comfort for families seeking asylum at the southern US border. Read on for their final thoughts on the trip.
Team 58 finished a grueling distribution trip in Texas, helping as many people as possible each day: “We finished our service project in Texas today. Over the past week, Humanitarian Respite Center (HRC) provided food, clothing, showers and bedding for 500-1000 people a day in the space the size of your typical high school gym.” The people that Team 58 helped had been released from deplorable conditions: “The people came from Central America via the detention cells that you hear about on the news that are way overcrowded. They had been sleeping on concrete floors with no soap, toothbrushes or showers for up to two weeks.”
Team 58 found the resiliency of these families astounding. After all they have endured, at last, “They are headed to new lives with relatives and friends all across the country. The transformation from when they would walk in with very little to leaving HRC with several good meals, several showers, a good night’s sleep and a Dolls of Hope bear was amazing.”
While Team 58 was there for a week, the work is not even close to being finished: “HRC will repeat this miracle day after day in the coming months and years using dedicated people from the community and organizations like Carry The Future. HRC continues to settle into their new facility, reconfiguring rooms and adapting the building to their needs while providing this life-giving service to others with those who are able to provide smaller portions of time here and there.”
Despite the difficulties of the trip, there was some positivity to be found by looking to the children: “For the last few days, several children have been clustered around our area looking distinctly bored. We would entertain them as best we could and then unfortunately had to shoo them away when we had to take care of incoming families and other critical needs. One little girl was particularly persistent and a bit difficult to shoo away. As I waited in our car for our team members to exit HRC for the last time, another group was lined up, leaving HRC for the bus station. There was the same little girl with her family up at the front of the line with a big smile on her face and waving at me. Soon many of the other people in line were also waving at me and exchanging ‘Adios!’ through the open window as they walked by although I honestly didn’t recognize them as much as I did the girl.”
Team 58 leaves us with this thought: “It really sank in how much we can help others with just a little bit of service.”
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