The horrible death of a father and his two-year-old daughter, who drowned in the Rio Grande in an attempt to reach the U.S. and start a new life, incited an emphatic reaction across the country. There have been many controversial statements related to the inhumane conditions of the detention centers the illegal immigrants are held in.
Teachers from Richmond decided to take some action and do their best to make things a bit easier for children that are forced to stay in these centers at the southern U.S. border.
Some of the people who spent some time in these places reported on atrocious living conditions, especially for children who can’t use showers every day, and have to sleep on concrete floors.
Richmond teacher said she was deeply distressed by the picture of the unfortunate family that incited her to do something more for the poor people in need. She added that their aim is to help the children who are released from the detention centers since they cannot enter the facilities.
They named their humanitarian action “Teachers Take on the Border,” and they collected items like snacks, baby wipes, toys, and coloring books to hand out to immigrant children when they meet in Texas.
They focused on the items that can fit into backpacks since these people don’t have any other storage to keep their things in. This teacher’s initiative came straight from the heart and there were no sponsors involved. They hope they will be able to pack the whole donation into an SUV and get to Texas on time. They also pointed out that this action had no political connotation and it came as an expression of altruism, especially towards helpless and innocent children. These good people also called out to others to join their humanitarian action.