Project Restoring Human Dignity Serves Migrants in Matamoros, MX
BY SR. MARY PATRICIA DRISCOLL
At a recent LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) Region 12 meeting via Zoom, each congregation was invited to participate in “Project Restoring Human Dignity.” This project is a donation drive to help collect essential items for families in the Matamoros Refugee Camp, two miles from Brownsville, Texas. Sister Norma Pimentel, who belongs to our LCWR region, has worked extensively with immigrants and refugees and will coordinate the distribution of donations. She once wrote, “We are people of God driven by the presence of God in others.” Sr. Norma is recognized as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020.
Sisters, thank you for your prayers for our brothers and sisters in the refugee camp, who are anxiously awaiting a positive resolution to their immigration challenges. In addition, you have been extremely generous to share financially with those in need. They will be so grateful to have warm hoodies to protect them from the cold and the gift cards to Walmart and H-E-B. I thank Sisters Miriam Therese and Sheila Sullivan, who made the purchases, and you saw the wonderful display outside the chapel on Sunday. Truly, this has been a great opportunity for each of us during this Advent Season to reach out and share with those suffering from the lack of basic needs.
Sisters, this is a summary of the contributions you have made to this project: Cash: $4,375; Walmart gift cards $150; 4 Baby blankets and some socks. The cash gifts were used to purchase 50 hoodies; $1,400 worth of HEB gift cards from HEB and $1,400 of Walmart gift cards. All have been sent to Sr. Colette Brehony and she has received them all. In addition, the CCVI Board approved a grant to buy tents and tarps. May the Incarnate Word bless each of you abundantly. Sr. Mary Patricia Driscoll Click here to see photos of the Refugee Camp on America’s Doorstep