April Update: Volunteers are not needed at this time. Thank you for your prayers.
Twenty to 30 volunteers are needed this Saturday, February 4, at the First UMC Laredo to help sort two trailer loads of supplies that have arrived to assist Cuban refugees who are stranded in Nuevo Laredo. The supplies are from Cuban American communities in response to the humanitarian crises that occurred when the special status of Cuban refugees was discontinued by President Obama several weeks ago [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE]. The exact number of people stranded is not known but it is estimated to be between one and two thousand.
Two churches in Nuevo Laredo are providing kitchens to prepare food. The items to be sorted will be carried across the border to supply the kitchens as it is needed.
Volunteers are being asked to come to Laredo on Saturday. Those from San Antonio and points south will drive down Saturday morning and return Saturday evening. Space is available at First UMC Laredo for those wishing to spend Friday or Saturday night.
Volunteers will work in Laredo. They are not being asked to cross the border so no passport will be required. No training is required. Youth are welcome.
Disaster Response Coordinator
Rio Texas Conference
United Methodist Church