By: Roxane Ramos
The Kino Border Initiative uses all its in-kind donations in the service of feeding, housing and helping deported migrants.
We all know it takes a village to accomplish formidable projects. At the KBI, it also takes shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and socks. The KBI is grateful to so many supporters who have donated toiletries, clothing and other necessities over the years. These in-kind donations are a crucial contribution, supplying basic provisions to the migrants who visit the comedor and stay at the shelter. After their long, treacherous journeys, the chance to shave or replace a torn jacket not only addresses the practical issues of grooming and dressing; it helps restore a modicum of dignity and, often, hope.
In addition, the KBI thanks donors who have provided office supplies, printers, computers and furniture. These donations help the KBI offices run smoothly, and defray administrative and operational costs.
There are all sorts of creative ways to encourage in-kind donations from your church, school or other organization. For Halloween, Brophy College Preparatory instituted “Boo Jean” day—students deciding to wear jeans each brought a pair to donate to the KBI. Their donations mean dozens of migrants will have suitable attire for whatever lies ahead.
During this holiday season, please consider an in-kind donation to the KBI. From shampoo to shoes, from printing paper to toothbrushes, it all helps the KBI help the migrants. Food items are also welcome and right now, juice concentrate and rice would be most helpful. For a complete and current wish list, scroll to the bottom of: https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/get-involved/donate/ And to make a donation, please contact Ivette Fuentes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 287-2370, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 1:30pm.