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How to Help Migrants Coming to Chicago

By September 13, 2022September 30th, 2022Resources, Trending

Where to donate food, clothing, money and more to help immigrants being bused to Chicago as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s political stunt.

Migrants walk to a city bus after being sent to Chicago from Texas by Gov. Greg AbbottJesus J. Montero for Borderless Magazine
One hundred and fifty-one migrants arrive by bus from Texas at Union Station in Chicago, Ill., Sept. 7, 2022.
By September 13, 2022September 30th, 2022Resources, Trending

Where to donate food, clothing, money and more to help immigrants being bused to Chicago as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s political stunt.

More than 360 migrants have arrived in Chicago by bus since Aug. 31 as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s attempt to put pressure on Democrats to change immigration policies. 

Coming from mostly Central and South America, migrants dropped off in Chicago need assistance in getting both basic necessities – like food and clothing – and long-term housing, jobs and legal assistance.

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The City of Chicago and numerous immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations, such as the Resurrection Project, have coordinated to provide migrants with immediate shelter and in-depth case management. But with more migrants expected to arrive in the coming weeks, community organizers say more support is needed to help migrants, many of whom have fled unstable countries and will be applying for asylum in the United States.

Borderless Magazine has compiled a list of community groups and organizations collecting donations to support the migrants arriving by bus. Have a resource that we did not list? E-mail our engagement reporter, Diane Bou Khalil, at [email protected] and we will try to add it. This list will be continuously updated.

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Seeking: Donations of adult clothing (size small and medium), gift cards (especially for medication at Walgreens, Target and CVS), gym shoes (men’s size 8-10 and women’s size 5-8), reusable water bottles, kids toys, baby care items, kids clothes (especially boys clothing, undergarments and socks), strollers, Pack-n-Plays, kids shoes (size 11-4), phones, tablets, SIM cards

How to Help: Drop off donations at Casa Michoacan (1638 S. Blue Island, Chicago) Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or donate cash to BPNC

Femme Defensa and Pilsen Solidarity Network

Seeking: Donations of clothes (especially new undergarments, shoes and boots), hygiene products (diapers and wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene), transportation support (bus cards, ride share, bicycles), communication support (phones, phone cards, international minutes, translators) and food

How to Help: Venmo cash donations to PilsenSN. Donated items can be dropped off at the Mexican Community Council, 3610 W 26th St., or through the PO Box Collective, 6900 N. Glenwood Ave. on Sept. 18 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. only, or you can DM @psnchicago_il on Instagram for limited pick up.

Humboldt Park Solidarity Network

Seeking: Donations of hygiene products, baby formula, toothbrushes and bottled water

How to Help: Drop off donations at their free store Casa Hernandez (3519 W. North Ave., Chicago). HPSN will be holding a community meeting to discuss the needs of families arriving from Texas on Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Casa Hernandez.

Seeking: Donations of clothes (especially new undergarments, shoes and boots), hygiene products (diapers and wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene), transportation support (bus cards, rideshare, bicycles), communication support (phones, phone cards, international minutes) and prepaid gift cards.

How to Help: Venmo donations to vaultgallerie or Cash App to $vaultgallerie. Drop off locations at Vault Gallerie 2015 S Laflin.

Pilsen Food Pantry

Seeking: Hygiene items for children and adults (diapers and wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene). Donations of items can be stopped off at 1850 S. Throop St. from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday – Wednesday and Friday. And Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

How to Help: Donations of items can be stopped off at 1850 S. Throop St. from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. And Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Little Village Community Council

Seeking: Undergarments for men and women (underwear, socks, bras).

How to Help: Drop off location at 3610 W. 26th St. on Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Sept. 12. It will continue to be updated.

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