Kingsville Woman Hosts Book Drive for Immigrant Children on the Border

A Kingsville woman is leading an effort to bring books, toys and clothes to the immigrant children being housed by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen.

Maggie Salinas said it is the community's way of showing the immigrant children that they care about them. She's a well known member of the Kingsville community -- a business owner and charter member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce -- and children are very close to her heart.

That's why Salinas has collected books to deliver to the immigrant children that are being detained at the border.

"The best thing to reach to them would be through books," Salinas said. "They might not all know how to read in English, but at least there will be others that are bilingual, or at least they'll have an opportunity to look at a book."

It all started as a book drive for the immigrant children, but Salinas said that once word got out about the cause, people throughout the Kingsville community began donating other items as well -- everything from yoyos and playing cards to stuffed animals and clothing.

"We feel that we have gotten a very excellent response, because they have also brought other things that the children would be interested in," Salinas said.

The community-wide response has been so great that Salinas said she and a few other volunteers will be taking some 50 boxes full of items to the children.

"We want to let them know that we care," Salinas said. "We want them to focus on educational material, rather than to be so afraid or to be rejected, which we know they are; and not knowing what the future is for them, it has to be very overwhelming."

Salinas said that if she and the others that have donated and volunteered can do just a little bit to help the immigrant children, they will have accomplished their mission.

The items collected will be delivered to the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville on Saturday. They will then deliver the items to the immigrant children.

Salinas said she will be making other donations to the children as well, so if you would like to contact her and contribute, you can call her at 361-355-2359.


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