Capital Region Border Watch – Team Brownsville, Day 4

Capital Region Border Watch made their way to Texas this week to give aid and a voice to the crisis that is happening at the border. Florence Abrams has been giving updates from the effort.

The whole delegation worked for over 4 hours helping the World Kichen staff prepare meals under the pressure if there being less volunteers available to help and deadline for having the area clean and being gone before a wedding reception began in the adjacent social hall.  We did it!

   Another delegate and I were sent to Sam’s Club
 to pick up some needed items.  The lot and the store were jammed.  We saw people’s carts loaded with toilet paper and bottled water. I have never had such a stressful shopping experience as that.

I then got a last minute opportunity to go to Matamoros with out Team Brownsville contact, Andrea Rudnick, who is originally from the Capital District.  Some of the volunteers who were working with Team Brownsville suddenly left to return home today.  While World Kitchen is now allowing only its staff to serve meals, Team Brownville still needs volunteers to help take supplies, items of clothing, personal care products, etc. to Matamoros and to pour drinking water and help at the hand washing stations.     

I was their only out of the area volunteer tonight.  Three of us pulled wagons over the bridge and across the border to the camps-the smallest number crossing to help since the start of the program.

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