~ Liz Gilbert
On behalf of the Immigrant Justice Action Team, thank you for your interest in, and support for individuals being released from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. On May 5 and 12, we collected two large boxes of underclothes and socks for men and women, items for which there was a real need.
Often these folks are released with little more than the clothes on their back, but thanks to a volunteer program called Advocate for Immigrants Northwest (AIDNW), detainees are able to pick up a variety of clothing and personal care items to use on the next phase of their journey. This agency is posted in an RV located just outside of the detention center facility.
Your interest in helping out has encouraged us to continue collecting for these folks on a monthly basis. The needs will vary based on current supplies, and we will use David Anderson’s Thursday Email and the Sunday Announcements to publicize upcoming collection dates and the type of items that are needed at that time. Many faith communities are participating in this effort, most considerably smaller than our own, and together we can really make a difference.
SAVE THE DATE: June 9
This month, AIDNW is looking for:
- Men’s medium-sized, waterproof jackets. Can be used but must be clean and in good condition.
Should be something a young person would feel good wearing.
- Individually wrapped bags of chips, peanut butter or cheese crackers, nuts, dried fruit or cookies.
- Travel-sized deodorant, shampoo and soap for travel packs.