For Immediate Release:
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement directs all donations for migrant teens to Buckner International and Trusted World, while volunteer support is coordinated by Catholic Charities of Dallas.
DALLAS (March 29, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement is utilizing North Texas nonprofits to manage donations and volunteer support for the migrant children sheltering at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. ORR is directing all in-kind donations from organizations and individuals to local nonprofits Buckner International and Trusted World, while Catholic Charities of Dallas continues to organize Spanish-speaking volunteers to help.
According to ORR, many of the immediate needs of the nearly 2,300 migrant children (primarily teenagers) sheltering at the convention center have been met. A list of specific donation needs will be curated by Buckner on its website at Buckner.org/MigrantDonations.
Local volunteer support has also been strong, prompting CCD to create a volunteer waiting list. All interested Spanish-speaking volunteers can find instructions on how to sign up at CCDallas.org.
ORR originally collaborated with CCD to oversee volunteer support at the center. CCD brought in Buckner and Trusted World to manage donations based on the two nonprofits’ expertise in humanitarian aid and resources.
“We appreciate the help of volunteers that have already come through the center and those that continue to serve, said Dave Woodyard, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Dallas. “As of right now, new volunteers for the Emergency Intake Site are on a wait list and people are being cleared through the process as quickly as possible. We will continue to need help in the days and weeks to come.”
Donations made to Buckner and Trusted World will be held for distribution as needed. If the donations are not needed for the migrant children, ORR has approved the use to help vulnerable children and families in North Texas – this includes financial donations to Buckner, Trusted World, and CCD.
“Texans have shown so much generosity towards the migrant children relocated to Dallas from the border,” said Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International. “We will do our best to honor the original intent of donors, but in the event no additional supplies are needed by ORR, I can promise the donations will make an impact on local children and families who are also in great need.”
Officials say items accepted should be new and in the original box or container in which they were purchased. Items should be for males and females ages 13-17.
Suggested donations include shoes, socks, underwear, pants, shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, antibacterial wipes, and hygiene items (toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes, wash clothes, and deodorant).
Those who wish to give other items are encouraged to research local organizations that are providing care and assistance to those in border communities.
Donations may be delivered to:
Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid
5405 Shoe Dr.; Dallas, TX 75227
M-F, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
613B Easy St.; Garland, TX 75042
M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
any Trusted World drop-off location found at TrustedWorld.org
Donations will not be accepted at the convention center, according to ORR.
On Thursday, March 25, Buckner delivered a load of supplies to the convention center at the request of ORR and Catholic Charities. The supplies included 1,260 Spanish Bibles, 200 sets of washable markers, five dry erase boards, 100 sets of dry erase markers, 108 sets of playing cards, and 1,150 sets of rosary beads.
About Buckner International:
Buckner International is a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and senior adults in the United States and internationally. Founded in 1879 in Dallas, Texas, today Buckner serves people through a variety of programs designed to protect children and build strong families. These programs include foster care and adoption, family transition programs, community-based family preservation programs and retirement services for senior adults. Buckner also provides humanitarian aid and crisis relief to poverty-stricken children and families. Learn more and get involved at Buckner.org.
About Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD):
CCD is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization and one of the leading social service providers in the greater Dallas region. We educate, serve and empower more than 200,000 clients in need annually across a nine-county region of North Texas, addressing the root causes of poverty and homelessness. A large multi-disciplinary agency, CCD provides services in the following core areas: hunger alleviation through boxed food pantries, client choice pantries and mobile community pantries; early childhood education; low-income elderly supports; permanent supportive housing for homeless elderly; immigration legal services; pregnancy, parenting and adoption counseling; refugee resettlement; shelter and foster care for unaccompanied refugee minors; financial coaching and career development assistance; disaster preparedness and relief; community relations, advocacy and more. For more information, see www.ccdallas.org.
About Trusted World:
Trusted World was established to help resolve situational poverty by providing a more effective donation process while tapping into a naturally built distribution system – first responders, social workers case managers, crime victims advocates, school counselors, etc. Trusted World provides clothing, food, and personal care items so first responders can focus on their core mission and not spend time trying to find the much needed resources. Trusted World provides this service to our partners at no cost. For more information, visit TrustedWorld.org.
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