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Immigrant Children to Spend Christmas in North Texas



    Immigrant Children to Spend Christmas in North Texas

    Hundreds of unaccompanied Central American children are being housed in North Texas this Christmas, so volunteers are working to collect gifts that will be given to the immigrants. (Published Monday, Dec. 21, 2015)

    While the topic of immigration is a controversial one, Rockwall church leaders say it’s not about the politics. They just want to help the 200 undocumented and unaccompanied minors being housed in Royse City.

    The children who crossed the borders without relatives or parents will spend 21 days at the Sabine Creek Ranch.

    On Monday, Lakeshore Church collected donations to help the teens celebrate the holidays during their stay.

    Those who wanted to help the families also stepped up and donated items.

    “It would be scary to be without your parents and the parents, wherever they are, without their children,” said Missy Camp.

    The teens traveled more than 3,000 miles to escaped poverty, gangs and violence in Central America.

    “I have children and I can't imagine the situation,” said Camp.

    While the thousands of immigrant children illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border are financial burden for the state, others are providing hope.

    The government has provided a specific list of acceptable gifts including:

    • Gloves
    • Socks
    • Baseball Caps
    • Knit Caps
    • Pajama/lounge pants
    • Hair accessories
    • Bead jewelry kits
    • Craft type kits – colored yarn, Post-Its, scissors, washable markers or construction paper
    • Small board games
    • Soccer balls

    For security reasons, the gifts have to be new and unwrapped.

    “It’s Christmas time, so this is just a little light in their life,” said Camp.

    Sabine Creek Ranch is not able to receive any gifts or donation at the camp.

    Any extra items will be given to Helping Hands and local schools.

    Those wishing to donate to the facility in Ellis County can send items to Life Church in Midlothian.

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