As CBS 2’s Marybel González reported Thursday night time, there has already been an outpouring of assist – and you’ll assist too.
On the Vault Gallerie, at 2015 S. Laflin St. within the Pilsen neighborhood, donations have been coming in all day. They included toothbrushes, soaps, lotions, and all of the necessities.
Receiving them is a bunch of asylum seekers, largely from Venezuela, who arrived by bus to Union Station Wednesday night time with solely the garments on their backs. They have been despatched by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, on the grounds that Chicago is a sanctuary metropolis and a degree must be made about President Joe Biden’s “inaction on the border.”
Baltazar Enriquez, president of the Little Village Group Council, referred to as on neighborhood members and pastors within the space simply minutes after the group of about 70 asylum-seekers have been dropped off – to see how they may assist.
“That is nothing new for Little Village. Little Village is the mecca of immigrants,” Enriquez mentioned. “Everyone comes by way of right here – and we additionally as immigrants know the sensation, so we all know learn how to present the companies to them, as a result of we have been by way of it.”
In only a matter of hours, they have been in a position to fill the again room of the group’s workplace area with important objects.
“We received child garments, grownup garments, ladies’s sanitary stuff they’re sending us, deodorant,” Enriquez mentioned.
It’ll all be dropped off on the Salvation Military Freedom Middle in Humboldt Park, the place asylum seekers are quickly staying.
Again on the Vault Gallerie, an analogous enterprise was below means. A bunch of activists turned to social media to ask for provides there.
“The intuition was to assist,” mentioned Pilsen activist William Guerrero.
Delilah Martinez owns the gallery.
“We received like simply requirements – toothbrushes, Q-Ideas, soaps, deodorants, tissues,” Martinez mentioned. “All of us began asking all people from our social media following to donate $5, $10, $15 – and we shortly, inside a pair hours, raised about $500 – and their donations are nonetheless coming in.
This mission is about serving to these in want, but additionally about sending a message of a neighborhood united for a trigger.
“Everyone is making an attempt to assist – and that is an excellent factor, as a result of we are able to present the governor from Texas that you could ship anyone you need over right here,” mentioned activist Ricky Medina. “We’ll maintain them.”
“It reveals that when one thing occurs in Chicago, Chicago reveals up,” mentioned Guerrero.
The 2 organizations have arrange GoFundMe pages, and so they intend to make use of a few of the cash to buy reward playing cards for a few of the migrants – who can be leaving the Salvation Military Middle pending their immigration standing.
The Salvation Military can be accepting donations and provides. Simply ensure you name forward to coordinate the dropoff.