November 22, 2015
Refugees coming to El Paso continue to increase and help is needed:
So what is most helpful to us?
A prepared meal for 50 or 60 people for the Friday noon day meal is very helpful. On Friday, ICE brings us refugees up until 6 and 7 PM and we have to way of knowing the numbers. So a noon day meal will feed those who are at Loretto-Nazareth on that Friday as well as help supplant the meal that the church brings for dinner that Friday if the numbers are particularly heave as they were last Friday. Any left over food will be the Saturday noon meal for the refugees there on Saturday.
While the majority of meals served at Loretto-Nazareth arrive already prepared, there is a kitchen available to us and as I mentioned previously, we have some volunteers prepare breakfast on some days.
We have non-perishable food available. What is helpful are food items like fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas), milk, ground meat and spaghetti sauce for when we need to put something together quickly that is fairly easy.
We also can very much use travel food like burritos so that we can give care food packages to families traveling by bus long distances. Some of our families travel to New York, Florida, Washington State, etc. and this means 2 to 3 days on a bus, Some of these families have literally no money with which to purchase food on the way and so a food care package is super helpful. But it has to be food that can last a few days without being refrigerated – and water bottles.
And then there is the need for volunteers, like drivers, individuals who can transport a family to the bus station or airport. We also need volunteers willing to pick up loads of sheets, towels, etc. and take them to a laundromat and get them washed and back to us. With the turn over of people, this is a big effort. There are lots of other volunteer duties with which people can help and if you are a member of a church that would consider taking on the month-long commitment of the dinner meal, just let me know.
Again, thank you so much for your interest and support. Your help is deeply appreciated. Let me know if you have any other questions.