Walk the walk! Here’s how to help those refugee kids

by Lalo Alcaraz and Javier Cabral on July 16, 2014 in El Now

laloontheborderWhat’s way more powerful than all of the ignorance coming out of #MurrietaHateCityUSA? The power of a philanthropic pocho! And better yet, the power of a whole lot of philanthropic pochos and pochas. Watch, that’ll show them!

During these not-so-funny dark times of Mexican and Central American human oppression, even us payasos here at POCHO like to do our part. We want to pay it forward by donating to the compassionate churches and organizations that take in our refugee brothers and sisters and give them water, food and other basic necessities of life!

If you can, we hope you will too. Remember, any little bit — a dollar or new pair of fresh socks even — really helps these kids that have been through so much already. (But we think cash is what most of the places would prefer at this difficult time.) Remember, these are mostly children who need our help!

Here is a list of local and out-of-state verified charity organizations that focus on Mexican and Central American refugee aid. Now if we could just compile a list of bird sanctuary places that could help these “illeagles” that the Tea Party is so worried about…



If you know of any more, please feel free to add their name (and if possible, a link or email) in the comments section below.


Roger Freedman July 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Many thanks for the list! Note that the link to borderangels.org is incorrect — the words “(San Diego)” should not be part of the URL.

Chale Knickerbocker July 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Thanks for the heads-up. We’re fixing the typo. Haste makes waste etc

Melissa McCartney July 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Are there any organizations working out of Arizona? I’d like to volunteer.


Chale Knickerbocker July 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Do any of you Arizona pochos have the names and URLs of appropriate orgs? Post them below!

Robert July 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Probably should include Glenn Beck organization since he is doing a lot to help

Steve Sando July 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

You’ve inspired me. Also note, if you are an Amazon shopper, you can choose Border Angels as your charity. They give a very small percentage of the sale. I also made an actual donation. We need to be louder than these protesters.

Comic Saenz July 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I am a supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Jaime July 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

There’s a place in Houston called Casa Juan Diego that isn’t directly helping the refugee kids, but they are helping the families that have been reunited. They need donations for school uniforms, supplies, and other items to get families settled.


Eli Chavez July 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

What ever happened to the compassionate Old GOP? The Old GOP has caved into the New GOP KKK and Jim Crow Party. The New GOP KKK and Jim Crow Party is a Racist White Supremacist Party who hates my Commander in Chief President Obama because he is an Afro American. The New GOP KKK and Jim Crow Party also hate Hispanics like me who happen to be Americans with Spanish Surnames. Now the Mobs in AZ and California hate children who happen to be refugees. The protesters should go back to where they came from because most do not have papers themselves. The only real Americans are Native Americans. Protesters go back to your roots… Just a Combat Vet.

Comic Saenz July 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM
Elvia July 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

The Chicago Archdiocese took in some children as well.


Ari Davidow July 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

It looks like Massachusetts will be taking a few hundred. Not sure how useful it is to take just a few hundred given the volume of kids arriving, but it’s something.

I think we need a new Sanctuary movement. Put a kid in every house of worship in the country, I say. People need to hear the stories of these kids, and to know them as humans.

Dulce Ramirez July 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Anything in Illinois?? Chicago

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