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Asylum & Immigration Detainee Kits show love and care to people released from detention centers.  Kits containing clothing and hygiene products can help adults and children to rebuild their dignity as they transition into life outside the detention center. 

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

 

As the U.S. continues to meter asylum seekers along the Northern Mexican border, more and more families are having to wait to speak with U.S. officials. Some asylum-seeking families are waiting 3-5 months in border towns with little to no resources.

West Coast MCC is showing Christ love to immigrants by providing asylum & immigration kits to those recently released from detention centers. Kits containing clothing and hygiene products can help to rebuild their dignity as they wait to enter the U.S. 

West Coast MCC is partnering with Catholic Community Services: Casa Alitas,        The INN Project, Kino Border Initiative, Voices From the Border, Frontera de Cristo and other partners to distribute kits to people as they wait in Mexico to speak with U.S. officials, and those who are leaving detention facilities and are taken to bus stations or airports to reconnect with their families. 

Click here for Asylum & Immigration Kit inserts. 

CLOTHING Please compile packs sizes small, medium or large for both men and women and for children packs.

 ~ 1  pair of jeans/khakis or leggings for women or children 

~ 1 t-shirt (new, crew or v-neck) 

~ 1 pair of socks (new)

 ~ 1 pair of underwear (new) 

MISCELLANEOUS 

~ 1 pair of shoelaces (outdoor or sport style; any color)
~ 1 pen (black)  or 1 box of crayons for child pack
~ 1 small notebook or 1 coloring book or child pack
~ 1 backpack or small duffel bag

HYGIENE PRODUCTS Please put these items in a one-gallon sealed plastic bag. 

~ 1 washcloth
~ 1 bath towel
~ 1 toothbrush (new; in package)

~ 1 small toothpaste (2.7-3.5 oz.)

~ 1 package bath wipes (premoistened soft wipes) 
~ 1 comb (wide-tooth)
~ 1 small body lotion (2-3 oz.) 
~ 1 packet of hair ties (for female/ child packs only) 

For female packs only ~ sanitary napkins (18-24 count; ultra-thin)

Following items are for adult packs only              
~ 1 razor (disposable)
~ 1 small shaving cream (2-3 oz.) ~ 1 small deodorant (2-3 oz.)

 

Please limit donations to these NEW items. Compile in backpacks. Please mark them with a label stating “Male” or “Female” or "Child" and also the clothing size “Small, Medium or Large.” 

 

Due to the urgency of this need, we request your kit donations by July 31​

West Coast MCC office - 1010 G Street, Reedley, CA 

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Zion Mennonite Church Campus - 6124 S. Whiskey Hill Road., Hubbard, OR 97032

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Upland MCC office - 852 Alpine Street,  Suite #2 , Upland, CA 91786

 

Questions? Contact: Katherine Smith - katherinesmith@mcc.org or call West Coast MCC office - 559-638-6911

 

Click here for Asylum & Immigration Kit inserts.