Union County Family Visits the Border

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Anyone who's been following the national debate over security along the U.S./Mexico border probably has an opinion. Shari Jacobson of the Lewisburg area saw certain images on television and knew she wanted to help.

"I think for me the last straw was the separation of the kids. Having kids myself, I just can't imagine," Jacobson said.

Instead of just sending a check, Shari and her 15-year-old daughter Catie flew to McAllen, Texas to volunteer at the Humanitarian Respite Center. The center is run by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and it is where refugees go after they are processed by immigration officials.

"There's a room where men can get used clothing. Women and kids can get used clothing, all donated clothing. We did a lot of that. We did laundry so people could have clean clothes. We made a lot of sandwiches," Jacobson said.

"I was in the kids' room a lot. There were kids, 3-4 years old, and I think they liked to see someone closer to their age," Catie Jacobson said.

The Jacobsons interacted with hundreds of refugees a day and they say border security is a complicated issue.

"There's different problems in different places, and they call for complex solutions," Shari said.

"Connecting with the people is just something you can't do by reading. Being there and really seeing the crisis that they're in and the pain they're going through and how much they're struggling," Catie said.

10 comments

  • jimbrony

    Even more curious: If anyone as a private citizen boards a plane to help a humanitarian effort, how does the news find out about it? Unless someone wants to blow their own horn and push their political views through a sympathetic news agency. I know of people that travel to third world countries on their own dime to help build schools, churches, water supplies and not a word is said, as it should be: “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

  • jimbrony

    Curious: Since they were working with children have they both had the appropriate clearances to do so? Oh, never mind – I see they were with the Catholic Church – we know how well they make sure children are protected.

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    They could have donated the money spent for plane fare to plenty of charities locally that benefit American citizens that need some help. The soup kitchens and homeless shelters are jammed (with the winter weather) and I’m sure they’d appreciate the extra help too. Did they forget all about the people here that could use a helping hand?

    • jimbrony

      That doesn’t make good anti-Trump anti-wall press. Lots of locals do good things to help their neighbors every day and the media is so quiet on that you could hear a cricket fart. If it’s not connected with Trump Derangement Syndrome, don’t expect to see it.

  • Ben Thomas

    It is the responsibility of the U.N. aka Useless Nations to take care of refugees! They should have established refugee camps in southern Mexico or Guatemala months ago.
    I’m sick of them getting billions while we have our own people in need!

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