This post is meant to be a reply to AINg, but for some reason, it doesn’t show up as a “reply”, at least not to me. (I’m probably doing something wrong–not a computer-phile!)
But others are welcome to chime in and answer my questions if they wish.
Can you tell us the things that you are doing and/or plan to do to help the Caravan people?
This is not a sarcastic question. I am genuinely curious to know what fellow Catholics are doing, other than praying (which is good!) to help those who are trying to enter the U.S.
If you are donating money, may I ask what percentage of your income, and which organization receives your donation to help the Caravan people? Again, this is not a sarcastic question. I believe that Catholic Social Services is an amazing and good organization, but I also know that the need is so great in my own city that I hesitate to see them divide up their funding between local people and those people in the Caravan.
Other than CCS, I’m not sure which organizations are trustworthy–I would like more of my donations to go to direct aid and paying people who are doing actual hand-on-work (or clerical work) rather than going to an office to pay people who never go near the border. Of course, I realize that charitable organizations need fundraising staff and executives to meet with rich people–but since the need at the border is so great, I would really like to see donations routed to that immediate need.
That’s why I’m asking about your donations.
Or do you actually live at the border and are you doing actual hands-on work with immigrants and refugees, or will you be at the border in the next few weeks doing hands-on work? I’m curious about this work, and also wonder if you had to learn Spanish (or perhaps you already speak Spanish)? Do you feel that the work you and others do helps to give the immigrants and refugees a good start in the U.S.? Is the care and aid that they are receiving helping them to get a good start in the U.S. and keep them out of the hands of the criminal gangs? I hope so–this is one of my biggest concerns about allowing people into this country who have no support community. And that’s another question I have–when the people leave the shelter at the border where you and others are helping them, are there people waiting to help them at their new location?
Finally, do you mind if I ask how old you are (or at least, what “group” you are part of–Baby Boomers, Gen X or Y, or Millential), and if you have any physical limitations?
Thanks so much for your work on behalf of the Caravan people. If there were more people like you, many of us wouldn’t be so quick to raise concerns and objections.