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This Thanksgiving, can you help refugees in need?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Leave a Comment

This Thanksgiving, I'm reminded of how lucky we all are to live in this community.

As you prepare to share Thanksgiving with friends and family please take 3 minutes to read - and hopefully donate - to this project. A wonderful friend of mine is an amazingly kind person who has left his comfortable life to be at the U.S.-Mexico border helping the refugees there in any way he can. I am so impressed by his actions and want to share his organization with you - Border Kindness.

Border Kindness believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live free of pain, hunger, intimidation, and fear and that everyone is our neighbor.

To that end, they help provide refugees - mostly women and children - with hot meals. Shoes. Clothing. Blankets. A place to sleep. Things we all take for granted. They work with existing organizations on both sides of the border to increase effectiveness.

One of their projects is to support a woman named Teresa.

During the week, as many as 36 children arrive at Teresa’s home for breakfast. Teresa lives adjacent to a canal in the Canal Reforma y Sindicaliotos (CRS) settlement of Mexicali, Mexico. Most of the families in the CRS neighborhood migrated north seeking opportunity.

Teresa has been providing children in the neighborhood with a nutritious breakfast – in a safe environment – for more than seven years. Without Teresa, the majority of these children would not have breakfast each day.

The children need more than breakfast, so Border Kindness committed to helping Teresa get the food needed to continue feeding these children, as well as providing the children with much-needed blankets, shoes and other items.

I know there are so many asks this time of year, but this organization is right on the front lines and changing lives for vulnerable people in a meaningful way every day. Please support this work by donating through GoFundMePayPal (make sure to specify it's for Border Kindness), or Venmo (@Border-Kindness).

There are more pictures and stories on GoFundMe and on the Border Kindness website to get involved and learn more.

Happy Thanksgiving! Travel Safely!