While in the midst of working on a post that has proven to be a beast for me to write, I took a break and came across an article in The New York Times that has stopped my work in its tracks. It turns out that my original post will be finished later tonight. There are more urgent things to attend to right now.
The Times has reported on the horrific conditions of the children being held at the border and it is just ungodly:
For reasons inexplicable, the federal government is even arguing in court trying to avoid providing these children with necessities like soap and toothpaste. They are hungry. Many of them are ill.
This is beyond unacceptable. It is vile.
They. Are. Children.
So, what can we do right now?
Unfortunately, and absolutely unbelievably, not only is the federal government not providing sufficient supplies for these children, they are also not allowing supplies to be donated by non-profits – so there is no way to send them directly to the centers at this time – though MANY of us are more than willing to help.
I don’t have words.
So, first, we can make it our business to email and call our representatives daily.
Here is the link to look up your House Representative’s phone number and you can also email them through a link on their page:
Here is the link to contact your Senators. Just choose your state and your Senator’s contact information will come up:
If you wish to give financially, an organization that I have seen frequently recommended is RAICES, which provides free and low-cost legal aid to these families:
And, finally, baby2baby.org is assisting migrant families around the border and they have a list of needs available on Amazon through their website:
No matter what, please do SOMETHING.
The situation of these children is dire and cannot continue.
Be well, everybody.
Grace and Blessings.