A busload of asylum seekers arrives from Brownsville, Texas, at St. Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church in July. Another bus from Texas arrived at Union Station on Saturday morning. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
The LA Welcomes Collective has now welcomed in 14 busloads of migrants sent from Texas. While the Texas governor provides no warning or support, the LA Welcomes Collective offers compassion, humanity and a friendly greeting.
What Welcome Looks Like
When they arrive at Union Station, after a bus ride that often exceeds 20 hours, sometimes with no food and no ability to leave the bus during the journey, we work to restore their humanity and trust, providing services, advice, transportation, housing and, more immediately, a warm breakfast, toiletry and baby supplies and toys to entertain the children while their parents sort out travel to their destination.
WE NEED TOYS!
After 14 buses, supplies are running low. The toys that are handed out at the welcome venue light up children’s faces and get them smiling through their exhaustion and trauma. You can help by doing either of the following:
Your congregation can do a Toy Drive. Collect toys and contact CLUE to arrange pick-up/delivery to reach the Collective partners who are storing the supplies. Email Liz Bar-El for more information.
Toys should be:
- New only + small and easy to take with them.
- Active, creative toys are especially appreciated. For instance, play dough pots, coloring books and crayons/markers or other simple art supplies, stuffed animals, dolls, building blocks
- Baby toys are also needed!
- Toys for older kids, such as: diverse dolls, building blocks; small backgammon or Chinese checker sets, etc.
Solidarity is Sacred
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice educates, organizes, and mobilizes religious leaders and community members to walk with workers while advocating for good jobs, safe workplaces, and healthy communities.
We can stand with low-wage workers, mostly immigrants and communities of color, because people like you support an organized and connected interfaith movement for economic justice.
Please join the movement to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.