Del Rio Churches Process and Gather Donations for Refugees

First United Methodist Church: Del Rio and Principe de Paz UMC have joined forces along with 13 other local churches to reach out and assist those in need.

Also involved is our Wesley Nurse Marti Faulkner RN-BC of the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Shipments of nonperishable food and health essential kits have arrived from UMCOR and will be distributed very soon to refugees that will be released and who will be traveling on buses from our area.

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The churches have received two shipments thus far of this humanitarian aid. They are expecting a larger third shipment which will be delivered to Principe De Paz United Methodist Church on Monday, April 15.

The Second shipment involved Richard and Lynda Mergen, volunteers from North Shore UMC of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

They took a 503 mile trip around Texas. They started early in the morning on April 8, 2019, from their home church at Canyon Lake and drove to Kerrville picking up personal hygiene kits from the Martinez Disaster Response Warehouse.

Then they headed west and arrived in Sonora to pick up nonperishable food items (or MREs).

Their destination was 90 and 145 miles south along the United States and Mexico border to Del Rio UMC and Eagle Pass UMC to deliver items for UMCOR.

“The women of Principe de Paz UMC wanted to help the women and children being released in Del Rio,” said Rev. John Fluth. “They also offered to help translate. We will bless the boxes as we receive the boxes of health kits on April 15.”

These items will be utilized for the refugees that are expected to arrive here on the border any day now from Mexico and Central America.

The Mergen family arrived back at their home later that evening.

Written by Robin Anne Palmer of FUMC Del Rio