Borderland charities need donations

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POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 4:42pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:12pm

Many organizations in the borderland help out families in need. But in the beginning of the school year, many organizations, Ronald McDonald House Charity, Child Crisis Center, and many others need help from the community.

They help families with small gestures like feeding them or a large one -- such as providing temporary shelter. We spoke with the organizers over at the Ronald McDonald House Charity and found out that some of the stuff they need is as basic as laundry soap.

10-year old Angel Rascon is a brain cancer survivor from Juarez. While the boy is undergoing treatment in El Paso at the Ronald McDonald Charity House in Central El Paso. “It's really big but it's also a really cool place,” Angel Rascon told us in Spanish. Rascon and his mother are just one of ten families currently staying in the home.

Robin Rivera's family is also staying at the home while her newborn twins remain at Las Palma's NICU unit. "This way I can get up there to the hospital and see them and visit them and see how they're progressing,” Robin Rivera said. Rivera was a teacher from Deming, NM but had to quit her job because of the difficulties surrounding her pregnancy. "It's difficult but being here and having the Ronald McDonald house has really been a blessing."

But now, charities like the Ronald McDonald House are facing a dilemma of their own. "People are always willing to give around the holiday season but during the rest of the year it's really slow in donations,” Dina Perez, the Program Director of RMHC explained.

They are facing a shortage of supplies, and like the Lee Moor Home, Salvation Army, and the Child Crisis Center, they're asking the community for help.

Sometimes helping out can be as easy as donating the top of your soda can. "A gallon of those, we get about $1.65 of those. When we have individuals that come and they bring in a bunch of jugs in and that goes towards the house,” Perez told us.

It may not be much but that little bit will help buy necessary items. "They've taken care of everything for us,” Rivera said.

So these families can get back on solid ground.

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