Americans are divided on what should be done with the estimated 57,000 Central American unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S. this year, but Americans are certainly not divided in their willingness to help the children.
Â At Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Patty Vela says they are overwhelmed by the huge donations of clothing, Spanish language Bibles, canned goods and other items for the children.
Â "It has been a wonderful outpouring of grace and abundance," Vela told Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Stephanie Narvaez.Â "We have more than we know what do with at this point, I couldn't even venture a guess in terms of pounds.Â But it's a lot."
Â Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller and his priests have been busy over the past month, urging Catholics of all political persuasions to open their hearts to donate items to the children.
Â "We are coordinating efforts to get what we have today to specific storage areas," Vela said, adding that the goal is to get the items to the children who are currently housed at Lackland Air Force Base. "It's been announced that they won't be there much more than eight weeks from now, so we'll have to get this to them beforehand."
Â The number of kids in the Lackland shelter has dropped from a high of about 1100 to about 200 today.Â Most of them have been reunited with family members in the U.S., and the others are being taken to privately run childrenâ€™s shelters.
Â Vela says in times like this, it is easy to see just how generous the American people are.
Â "On behalf of these children who have braved a treacherous journal and their futures remain very uncertain," she said.Â "The story has touched the hearts of many many people, most especially parents."