POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 8:59am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Today marks exactly four weeks since the Sacred Heart church immigrant relief center opened in McAllen.
For Catholic Charities a lot has changed since they opened the center on June 10th.
Four weeks ago, the immigrant welcome center was at the bare minimum.
But now, there are dozens of tables full of piles of clothing and donations ready for the immigrants who come through their doors.
"[At first] we had two tables with a few supplies, and now we have 'round the clock volunteers," explained Brenda Nettle Riojas, Diocesan Relations Director for the Diocese of Brownsville. "We have donations coming in from all over."
While there is a constant flow of donations pouring in, it doesn't come close to the thousands of immigrants who arrive seeking relief.
"We've helped over 3,000 people to date. that's here, and almost a thousand in Brownsville," Riojas said. "They get to rest, they get to eat, they get to catch their breath before they continue on their journey."
For those who have not witnessed the humanitarian relief first hand, Riojas says the public should take that step.
"I do invite them to come and volunteer and meet the families because when you see their faces, when you hear their stories, it definitely leads to better understanding as to the situation."
Riojas says there's no deadline for how long Sacred Heart church can remain open and that they have no idea how much longer they will continue operating; but she says as long as immigrants are still in need of their services, they will keep those doors open as long as possible.