El Futuro, Scrap Exchange, Catholic Charities and the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ taking clothing donations to families at the border, organizing vigil 

[DURHAM, NC—DEC. 19, 2019]  El Futuro, Scrap Exchange, Catholic Charities and the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ are teaming up to donate new or gently used warm clothing to immigrant families who are stuck at the Mexico-US border during this holiday season. The organizations will transport items to The Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley’s Humanitarian Respite Center in a caravan, which deploys the day after Christmas. 

The Catholic Charities’ Humanitarian Respite Center is located on the Mexico-US border to provide a place of refuge for families to rest, have a warm meal, shower, change into clean clothes, as well as receive medicine and other supplies. They have expressed desperate need of warm winter clothing to share with the families.

“We cannot forget the suffering happening at our border,” says Maria Luisa Solis who immigrated from Mexico and now lives in North Carolina. “My heart goes out to the mothers, fathers and children who are spending Christmas this year far away from their families.” Tim Wood lives in Cedar Grove and attends the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ. “After all we’ve heard in the news this year about the mess at the border, it was hard to celebrate Christmas without doing something to help out.”

A candlelight vigil for all those suffering on the border and in refugee camps around the world will be held in the El Futuro therapeutic garden on December 25 at 5:30pm. Mexican hot chocolate will be served afterwards.

How can you help?

  • Donations accepted at Scrap Exchange main building (2050 Chapel Hill Road).  They are open Sunday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturdays 10am-7pm and will close early at 3pm on Christmas Eve. Please let the front desk employee know it is a donation for the Christmas Caravan to the Border to ensure it is properly categorized for the border relief effort.
  • Make a financial donation to the Humanitarian Respite Center 
  • Attend the candlelight vigil on December 25 at 5:30pm in the El Futuro therapeutic garden (2020 Chapel Hill Road) to remember the tens of thousands of immigrant families who are on the border this holiday season either in refugee camps, detention centers, or wandering in the desert. Your thoughts, prayers and acts of service are needed.

Learn more about the situation at the border by listening to this podcast episode “The Out Crowd” by This American Life



Tim Wood (English) (984) 244-2205

Maria Luisa Solis (Spanish) (919) 808-4464

About El Futuro

Our mission is to nurture stronger familias to live out their dreams. We do this by receiving people here in North Carolina who are hurting, often from the effects of traumas suffered in their home country or on a dangerous migration to our community. We provide timely mental health treatment to help children and families heal and live brighter futures. We’re excited to partner with these proactive community agencies to extend our mission to the families in refugee camps and detention centers on the US-Mexico border this holiday season as a reminder that they are worthy, loved, valued, and not forgotten, and that there is hope for the future. www.elfuturo-nc.org

About Scrap Exchange

Our mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. It’s only fitting that we now help repurpose warm clothing to help the many families who are on the frigid border this winter. We will accept donations at our Thrift Store of new or gently used clothing. We’re excited to work with our community to reach out and help in this special way during the holiday season!  www.scrapexchange.org

About Cole Mill Road Church of Christ:

Just as the magi did long ago, we will take gifts to the children and families who are outside the walls, on the fringes of society, and in refugee camps along the Mexico-US border. We will travel from North Carolina to Texas to bring gifts to those who, like Jesus and his family in Bethlehem, were separated from friends and family and stranded a long way from home. This holiday season we celebrate the birth of one who brings love, unity, justice, and peace. www.colemillroad.org

About The Humanitarian Respite Center for Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley 

The Respite Center is working to restore human dignity on the border by providing a place for men, women and children to rest, have a warm meal, shower, change into clean clothes, as well as receive medicine and other supplies.  www.catholiccharitiesrgv.org