Photos by Maria Teresa Fernandez and Miriam Raftery
July 10, 2014 (San Diego) – Border Angels, a nonprofit San Diego organization, has received over 10 tons of donated clothing, toys, diapers and food for the Central American refugee families coming to our region. Now the group has launched a teddy bear drive to “share the love with our refugee children,” said Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels. Donated items can be dropped off at the Border Angels office at 2258 Island Avenue in San Diego. The group also seeks an East County drop-off location.
This is not the group’s first effort to help people in need locally. Border Angels successfully raised donations to help wildfire survivors in our region, as well as to help victims of the Easter Sunday earthquake just over our border several years ago.
The wave of Central American immigrants fleeing violence and risk of death in their homelands have been the subject of controversy. Anti-immigration protesters blocked several busloads of the refugees in Murrietta, chanting racial slurs. Five of the protesters were arrested after some tackled law enforcement officers. Now, as people across the nation and around the world have seen video of the controntation, many have stepped forward to help the immigrant children and their families.