Jewish tradition is deeply rooted in welcoming the stranger. Our Torah teaches: "You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9).”
June 20 is World Refugee Day, and the J is proud to be a part of our #HoustonStrong community, coming together to assist families seeking resources and comfort at detention centers in McAllen, Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20 through Friday, June 22 from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, we will be accepting the following items for donation:
- Diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5)
- Baby wipes
- Nido 1+ Kinder milk formula
- Deodorant, both men’s and women’s
- Baby Tylenol/Ibuprofen
- Feminine products
Items may be dropped off at four JCC locations:
- Main Lobby of the Weingarten building
- Bertha Alyce School (BAS) Lobby
- Merfish Teen Center
- West Houston JCC - 1120 Dairy Ashford
Collection at the Main Lobby ONLY will also take place on Sunday, June 24, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM.
If you are unable to drop off in person, you can order from Amazon and have the items delivered to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, 1721 Beaumont Ave., McAllen, TX 78501.
As a Jewish community, we remember what it is like to be strangers in a strange land. We look forward to helping these refugee families on their journey, and if you are able, we hope you join us in this effort.
In partnership with Pantsuit Republic Houston, Catholic Charities, Indivisible Houston and all good-hearted Houstonians.