North Texans Set Out To Help Arriving Immigrant Children

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – While protestors have greeted immigrant children in other states, many North Texans are asking how they can help.

“We hope to have the volunteer and donation plan by the end of next week and certainly it will be in place before the first child arrives,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

A master plan is not in place yet, but many local organizations are already preparing for the more than 2,000 children expected to arrive in North Texas by the end of the month.

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth is requesting Welcome Box donations, or shoe boxes containing:

    • 1 Shampoo
    • 1 Conditioner
    • 1 Body Wash/Bar Soap
    • 1 Toothpaste
    • 1 Toothbrush
    • 1 Brush/Comb
    • 1 Pack of Hair Ties
    • 1 Deodorant
    • 1 Small Toy

In lieu of those, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth is accepting Wal-Mart gift cards. Those and the welcome boxes can be donated at —
249 Thornhill Drive
Fort Worth, Texas
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Other organizations, such as the Texas Baptist Men, say monetary donations are the most helpful. The ages of the children are unknown at this point so organizations are staying away from asking for specific things.

“If you make a cash donation we work with big retailers so at a moment’s notice we can go buy 500 pairs of this or diapers or something like that,” said Mickey Lenamon, the associate executive director for the Texas Baptist Men.

Sorting through large amounts of donations take time and space and organizations say money is the best option.

Donations to the cause can be made on the Texas Baptist Men website.  Designate the donation for the unaccompanied children.

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