Rio Grande Valley Immigration Humanitarian Crisis Response
On July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
As originally posted on Catholic Charities of the RGV

Refugees continue to arrive in growing numbers at the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. In fact, this past week, the numbers doubled, with upwards of 150 people now arriving daily. So the need for volunteers and donations is growing!

Food, showers, toiletries, clothing, shoes, LOVE and compassion are offered to refugees from Central America and other countries, who are fleeing the violence in their homeland and seeking asylum in the United States.

The Humanitarian Respite Center, located in Sacred Heart Church’s Community Center, 306 S. 15th Street, McAllen, TX, 78501, is open 7 days a week, including all holidays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or until the last refugee is served.

For more information on volunteering, scheduling a group, or making donations, please call Deb Boyce, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, at (956) 292-5852.     Or email her at [email protected]

Volunteers Needed! 

While the number of refugees fluctuates from day to day, volunteers of all ages are welcome! Those living in the Rio Grande Valley, who are willing to share a few hours of their time on a regular basis, are especially needed!

Medical professionals ~ midwives, nurses, EMTs and doctors ~ are welcome to volunteer anytime, but are needed to see refugees late morning, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., and early evening, between 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to bring a picture ID and enter through the back doors of the Sacred Heart Community Center. You will provide your contact information on a sign-in sheet and receive a volunteer vest to wear inside the Center.

Gently Used Clothing Donations

We continue to need light jackets/sweatshirts/hoodies for adults/children, jeans/pants for women/men and for girls/boys (sizes 2T – 5 especially needed), small tops for women, and gently used walking shoes for adults/children. Please wash these items before dropping them off or shipping them to the Humanitarian Respite Center.

In-Kind Donations

Items continually needed at this time include: backpacks, fleece travel blankets, individually-wrapped snacks (chips, crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, and individual servings of applesauce, fruit, pudding), 8-oz. baby bottles, flavored Pedialite, Infantino Swift Classic Baby Carriers, and rosaries.

Other needed items include: bras (sizes 30 B – 32 B – 34 B/C – 36 B/C – 38 B/C), new ladies underwear (size small 4-5-6); new men’s underwear (size medium + large); travel-size toothpaste and deodorant;  men’s walking shoes (sizes 5 – 9); women’s walking shoes (sizes 6 – 8); children’s tennis shoes;  Wal-Mart + HEB gift cards; international calling cards; men’s + boy’s belts; children’s toothbrushes, feminine sanitary napkins and panty liners; size 3 + 4 and newborn diapers; styrofoam bowls; small Dixie cups; bottled water; and gallon jugs of water.

Financial Contributions

Your ongoing financial support helps provide for these refugee families. Please make your check out to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and note on the check your donation is designated for the Humanitarian Respite Center. Thank you!

How To Find Us

The Humanitarian Respite Center, located in Sacred Heart Church’s Community Center, is open 7 days a week, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or the last refugee is served. The address is: Humanitarian Respite Center, Sacred Heart Church, 306 S. 15th Street, McAllen, TX, 78501.

To volunteer or drop off donations, drive past Sacred Heart Church and the Rectory. The Humanitarian Respite Center is on the corner of S. 15th Street and Dallas Avenue. Turn right on Dallas Avenue. Parking is free at the bagged parking meters and inside the fenced-in area behind the Humanitarian Respite Center.

Thank You!

Thank you so much for your donation of time, talents and treasures! Your contributions in support of this Humanitarian Relief effort are greatly appreciated!

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