Council Member Mark Levine, who reps a section of the Upper West Side, gathered thousands of pounds of items for children separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s immigration policy. He’s now asking people to stop sending goods, but he has other ways that they can help. See his latest email below:
For weeks we watched with outrage and heartbreak as child refugees were forcibly removed from their parents on the southern border. Then we learned that hundreds of the separated children had been brought to our city. And you leaped into action.
New Yorkers from all five boroughs–and beyond–responded to our call for contributions for the children with awe-inspiring generosity.
Over the past six days thousands of pounds of donated goods arrived at my district office on W.141st Street. Diapers, clothing, books, cribs, medical supplies, personal hygiene products and much, much more.
Hundreds of tireless volunteers have streamed into our office, helping us collect and sort and transport the donations.
We have now delivered truck-loads of badly needed goods to four incredible foster care organizations working directly with the children: Cayuga Centers, Abbott House, Rising Grounds, and Children’s Village.
Because of the extraordinary quantities we have already collected we are asking that you no longer send in physical goods to our office. But there is still much more to do.
We are still in need of volunteers to help sort and transport the remaining donations. Sign up for a volunteer shift here.
The foster agencies are all in need of financial contributions, Spanish-speaking foster parents, and a limited number of general volunteers (for security reasons and to protect the safety of the children, the organizations need time to vet foster parents and volunteers, as such, responses may take time). For information on how you can help each individual organization see:
- Children’s Village — https://childrensvillage.org/
- Cayuga Centers — http://cayugacenters.org/
- Rising Ground — https://www.risingground.org/
- Abbott House — http://www.abbotthouse.net/
Meanwhile, we must continue our fight against the cruel Trump administration policies which created this crisis in the first place. I hope you will join me and thousands of other New Yorkers this Saturday, June 30th at 10 a.m. in Foley Square for a rally calling for the immediate reunification of all refugee families. We will meet at 9 am on the southbound A train platform at 168th Street to travel together.
History will hold us all accountable for our role in this crisis. Those who authored this immoral policy will not fare well on that count. But I am confident that New Yorkers will continue to be an example for the nation on what it means to welcome the stranger and embrace the vulnerable.
Council Member Mark Levine
Photos via Levine’s office.