California group aiding in RGV border crisis

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MCALLEN, Texas — Some say the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border is only getting worse. Each day hundreds of asylum seekers cross through the Rio Grande Valley. Putting a strain on resources and a dire need for volunteers. Now a group out of California is looking to make a difference in our community.

The Bay Area Border Relief is visiting the Rio Grande Valley. With about 17 volunteers and a 26 foot truck filled with supplies, the gather at the Catholic Charities Respite Center.

Lillie Rey – Bay Area Border Relief, “We help the families get clothes, take showers, just get some of their basic needs. We made food, we served food, it’s all set up at Catholic Charities and we would then accompany a lot of the folks to the bus station.

Corie Schwabenland Garcia – Bay Area Border Relief, “We’re seeing a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety. Kids that are coming out of detention. They don’t really know what’s going on. They haven’t had a lot of people to talk to. It’s not great.

Verna Espero – Bay Area Border Relief, “The main thing that I’m seeing is… these individuals that are just like me they are seeking normality. They seeking to have normal lifestyles for their families just like myself.

This is their second year visiting the region with multiple trips and multiple donations to the McAllen shelter. Although they have a humanitarian crisis at the California border, they feel their help is much needed in south Texas.

Danielle Park, “I know it’s out of sight out of mind, but this is happening. Families are coming, more so now.”

Dr Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, “We cannot become immune to thinking it’s ok. To be honest. I cannot believe that this is happening in our country at this time. The United States should be better than this in terms of the humanity that we welcome folks into spaces even if they needed to be returned.

The McAllen Respite Center is in need of supplies now more than ever.
Some of their most needed items include: hygene products, food, and undergarments.

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