Michigan residents tie blankets for immigrant kids
BAY CITY, 14 de agosto de 2014 (AP): Volunteers in central
Michigan are rallying to provide blankets and other supplies to
unaccompanied children who crossed into the U.S. at the Mexican
Dozens of people gathered in Messiah Lutheran Church on
Wednesday night to make fleece blankets for 24 immigrant
children, the Bay City Times (http://bit.ly/1sYUxbm
) reported. The volunteers made 30 blankets by cutting long
strips along the edges of two pieces of fabric and tying them
Gwen Daeschlein of Bay City said she hopes someone would help
the children in her family if they were in need.
``I don't care what it is, kids need help and they need to feel
comfortable and at home, and they need to feel safe,'' she said.
The immigrant children will be relocated to a facility in Bay
City by the end of the month.
Another volunteer pointed out that the children will most likely
experience winter for the first time while they're in Michigan.
Rick Green, a member of the church, agreed with the
``You need to separate the political questions from the
humanitarian questions,'' he said. ``How are they going to keep
pastor at Messiah Lutheran, said he and other community leaders
plan to meet in the coming weeks to discuss other needs of the
a local resident, administers the Facebook group “Bay City
United for Children.” She said her group, which currently
includes about 110 people, also plans to provide more donations.
She said they could organize a winter clothing drive and donate
coloring books and crayons to the children at the shelter.
``Because it's federally funded, they're going to have the funds
to get them the bare necessities,'' Rogers said. ``What we want
to do is give the kids more.''
About 63,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Honduras,
Guatemala, and El Salvador, entered the U.S. from October 2013
to July 2014, double the number from the same period a year
earlier. The numbers slowed in July, possibly due to
temperatures climbing at the U.S.-México border. U.S. cities and
towns have been asked to identify facilities where children can
be temporarily housed.
Information from: The Bay City Times,