A message was sent around via friends and churches that a group, two busses, of the detainees were coming briefly to ABQ. I got the message Friday and announced on Sunday an opportuniy to my church people. The mostly men in the group needed ..well… everything as they were being let out of detention and taken to reunite with their children. We were asked to provide what we could, clothes, backpacks, shoelaces, snacks, stuffed animals, small portable toys…
A friend was part of the group helping to coordinate and organize this effort By Tuesday said they had all they needed from folks all over. They donated any leftovers to local sheltears.
When the busses pulled up a group of tired, frightened, suspicious, and curious men got off not knowing what was going to happen next. When it was explained that the good hearted folk of Albuquerque had provided all of these things for them, a good hot meal, supplies they needed, all of the basics, they were thrilled, . They had not been told here they were going or that there were plans to get them together with their children.
A different group of men reborded the bus. They were fed, clothed, relaxed, smiling more,and much more relaxed, in a few hours they would be with their kids.
One man said as he got on the bus, This is the America I expected when I left home, I am happy finally to have found her,
Friends, much work to be done.