Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We thank you for the commitment and compassion, time and love you share with us and those most in need along the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Below are some of the things we need in the ALMAcén (Soul Warehouse) to help through what is already beginning to be a very cold and wet winter season.
Travel-size for hygiene kits, so we can use the donations of other items already in the ALMAcén:
- combs and brushes (men’s and women’s)
- men’s razors/shave cream
- Kleenex and white men’s handkerchiefs (bulk purchase)
- medium-sized (not variety packs) Band-Aids
- men’s (untinted) and women’s (tinted) lip balm
- backpacks [no string packs, must hold clothing, small cover, food, paperwork,
- water bottle, hygiene kit, and diapers (if needed) for two days of travel]
[For this year, we have an abundance of toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, both travel and full-sized. Please hold on to these for next year.]
Clean clothing, new or gently used:
- jackets (zip up hoodies) and coats, S-M-L men’s and women’s (many people are headed ‘up north’)
- children’s jackets, sized 2-14, boys and girls
- t-shirts (short- and long-sleeved) all ages, Men’s S-M-L, Women’s XS-S-M-L
- jeans: boys/men 24-34 waist
- girl’s and women’s leggings, mostly S/M, a few L/XL [to fit over detention release ankle bracelets]
- One-size knit hats, scarves, gloves, adults and children
- new only underwear S-M-L (no XL+), Men, Women, & Children
- mid-calf or tube socks, Men’s S-M (no L+) (bulk purchase at 12 pair for $5.99)
- stretch belts for boys/men, 26-34 waist (bulk purchase, 80 per week)
- shoe strings, black, brown, or white (bulk purchase: 120 pair a week)
[Asylum seekers are released with no belts or shoelaces. They are taken when they are processed into detention because of previous suicide attempts in detention. They are not returned.]
toddler and children picture books, beginning English words, Spanish-English dictionaries, journals, word finds in Spanish (or simple English), maps of US, all-ages coloring books, pre-sharpened pencils, working pens, pre-sharpened 8-color pencils (please, no crayons), small toys with no loose parts- vehicles, stuffed animals, cuddlies for babies (be sure to clean/disinfect before donating)
[Dollar store ‘finds’ are great, but so are gently-used and out-grown items. Some will be Christmas gifts, others will help relieve boredom along 2-day bus journeys to new homes.]
Local families love the toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household goods (like crock pots and clock radios), small rugs, comforters, towels, clock radios, and decorations you send. We do not have anyone to do repairs to clothes or household goods. Gently used running shoes are a treasure for teens.
We are grateful for your thoughtful donations to serve those most in need. If you are sending several items in one category (teen clothing), or of one kind (towels, elastic belts, socks, women’s t-shirts), it is very appreciated and saves a lot of time if you will put them in a separate bag or box. We would like to get as many items as possible sorted and distributed before Christmas/Epiphany so you will be helping those most in need to have a warm and wonderful remembrance of the joyous Christ Gift.
We are living in humble gratitude to God for your outpouring of love, support, concern, and compassion. ¡Muchísimas Gracias!
Rev. F. Feliberto Pereira
Founder and Executive Director
Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries