- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Strangers came together to bring Christmas gifts to children who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied and are now staying at two North Texas camps.

The Dallas Morning News reports (https://bit.ly/1NOZJ9t ) that people who heard about the plight of the children in the news brought gifts Thursday to churches near the camps in Ellis and Rockwall counties.

More than 800 children from Central American are housed at the camps, and they will stay there for 21 days at most as they wait to be released to relatives in the U.S. They will later appear in immigration courts, where a judge will decide whether they can stay. Many are fleeing gang violence and economic hardships, or trying to reunite with family members.

One church had gathered enough donations to make 200 gift bags for the children.

Among those donating items was Amy Low, of DeSoto, who collected craft supplies she bought for her grandchildren and bought Hot Wheels race cars and jacks at a nearby drugstore.

“They came from impossible situations,” she said. “I can’t imagine being a parent and sending my children away.”

Camp workers are serving up sweet breads, a Central American staple, to make the children feel more at home this week.

Tension had surrounded the arrival of the children at the camps. But Ann Hollub, who was among those at a church collecting donations, said that even though she had concerns, “sharing and expressing love is more important than fear.”

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com


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