Baby, it’s cold outside!

November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized by LaFrontera

 People don’t usually think of snow and immigrants in Texas in the same sentence. But most of the families released from the local detention centers are headed north to states like Minnesota, Illinois or Pennsylvania. They have temporary legal status, they have a bus ticket and a sponsor awaiting them, but nothing else.

Most of these families come from warm countries in Central America or Western Africa. The only clothes they have are those they are wearing and are unserviceable after a week or more in a detention center without showers or toiletries.

Luckily there is a non-profit Welcome Center only a block away from tbusinsnowhe McAllen bus station that provides these families with food, showers and, most importantly, new clothes. The Center is operated by Catholic Charities and relies entirely on donations. However, most of the clothes they receive are given with thoughts of a Texan climate.

This is why La Frontera has stepped in, spearheading an effort to collect cold-weather clothing for the long journey ahead. Traveling in below-zero weather without adequate protection can be as hazardous as many of the obstacles faced on the journey to the U.S. So we encourage you to step in and help at least one person stay safe from the cold.