During the holiday season, a national group is raising awareness of the numbers of unaccompanied children and teens who crossed the U.S. border from Central America earlier this year and seeks to help organizations providing relief efforts to these minors.
The Border Kids Relief Project announced its First Annual Holiday Donation Drive, #3Kings4BorderKids, to benefit Mary's Center, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that has been providing legal assistance as well as physical and mental health services to unaccompanied minors.
"Although the initial frenzy about the fate of these children has subsided, the fact is that there is still a lot of work being done by organizations on the ground to help these children in their transition," said Elianne Ramos, founder of the project.
The drive, which goes until Three Kings Day on January 6th, aims to raise funds for Mary's Center, which will provide the children with a Tres Reyes (Three Kings) celebration.
"These children are away from their loved ones and lack a sound support system. We hope to be able to continue our mission of supporting the organizations who are helping them, and to bring a touch of holiday magic into their lives," said Ramos.