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Immigrant Children in North Texas Over Christmas

Last week we mentioned how up to 1,000 immigrant children were brought to North Texas for approximately 21 days. Given the fact that it’s the month of December, they will be staying in Ellis and Rockwall counties over Christmas.

Since hundreds of unaccompanied Central American children will be housed in North Texas over the holiday, volunteers are working hard to collect gifts for them.

While the government’s move to house the children in North Texas is a highly controversial one, Rockwall church leaders say that it’s about helping the 200 undocumented and unaccompanied minors who are staying in Royse City.

According to NBC News, the children who crossed borders alone, without parents or family are spending 21 days at the Sabine Creek Ranch.

On Monday, Dec. 21, those who wanted to help the teens celebrate the holidays donated items to Lakeshore Church.

M. Camp told NBC News that it would be scary to be without your parents, and for the parents, wherever they are, it would be scary to be without their children.

Camp said that she has children and she can’t imagine the situation.

The unaccompanied minors travelled over 3,000 miles to escape violence, poverty, and gangs in Central America.

As thousands of immigrant children illegally cross the U.S./Mexico border, the state and the federal government are struggling with feeding, clothing, and sheltering them. Meanwhile, concerned members of the community are doing what they can to help out the kids.

The government has graciously provided a list of specific items that would be acceptable gifts for the children during their stay in North Texas, many of which are basic necessities:

  • Knit caps
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Pajama pants
  • Lounge pants
  • Baseball caps
  • Hair accessories

To keep the kids occupied during their stay: small board games, soccer balls, craft items or kits, and bead jewelry kits.

The government said that for security reasons, it’s important that all gifts be new and unwrapped.

Camp told NBC News that it’s Christmas time, so this is just a little light in the children’s lives.

Those who are interested in donating to the facility in Ellis County can send the items to Life Church in Midlothian.

Since the Sabine Creek Ranch cannot receive any donations or gifts at the camp itself, any extra donations will be given to local schools and Helping Hands, NBC News reported.

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