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Jul 23, 2014 1:47 PM by Sara Donchey

Local Volunteers Feed, Clothe Migrant Families in McAllen

CORPUS CHRISTI - On a Saturday morning, eight people got in their cars in Corpus Christi and began the two and a half hour trip down to the Rio Grande Valley.

They took two trailers loaded with food and clothes and a flat bed packed to the brim with gallon upon gallon of water to the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen.

They had a big job to do.

"It was truly humbling for me to be able to interact with (the children) and just see in their facial expressions how comfortable they were with us, even though we were strangers," explained volunteer Freddie Perez.

He and seven other volunteers from the Diocese of Corpus Christi helped feed and clothe dozens of immigrants who were staying at the church.

Many of the undocumented immigrants had just made a grueling trek through the desert; Perez said many were sunburned, dehydrated and exhausted.

"We saw a group of immigrants...there was probably about 25 from what we witnessed, and there were anywhere from a six-day-old baby to about a 40, 45-year-old man."

Perez joined forces with volunteers from churches all across South Texas to deliver and distribute the clothes, shoes and food--all donations from the community.

Perez said they set aside politics and focused on the task at hand--saving lives.

"Our importance was not to ask any questions or to ask where they were coming from or why they were coming, but rather to share our love and to greet them with compassion," Perez said. "And to give them the needs--the basic necessities--that they needed."

The Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi says they still are in need of donations.

The items they need most include diapers, baby wipes, over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine for children, small blankets and pillows, and small women's underwear.

For more information on how and wear to donate, call the Catholic Charities at (361) 884-0651.

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