Donations Pour Into Holy Family Institute

Emsworth Facility Caring for Children Separated from Parents

Joe DeStio
June 19, 2018 - 3:56 pm
Holy Family Institute in Emsworth says it has had a strong response to requests for donations to help the 50 immigrant children staying there who have been separated from their families at the southern border.

Joe DeStio

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EMSWORTH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Holy Family Institute in Emsworth says it has had a strong response to requests for donations to help the 50 immigrant children staying there who have been separated from their families at the southern border. The children are 4 to 17 years old and come from countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvadore.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive either through social media, emails, and phone calls for the last two days,” according to Holy Family Foundation Executive Director Michael Sexauer. “It has been somewhat overwhelming but in a positive way.”

So much so that Sexauer says they no longer need donations of clothing and shoes. Two foosball tables have also been donated which Sexauer says they needed. Now, he says the best donations are gift cards to stores like Giant Eagle, Wal-Mart, Target, Dicks. Also Michaels and Jo Ann Fabrics so they can buy craft materials for the children.

Sexauer says the only negative comments are mostly directed at the action that required the children to be sent here in the first place. Officials aren’t sure how long the children will be at the Emsworth campus. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from families between mid-April and the end of May.

Holy Family Institute helped 40,000 children and families last year in Allegheny, Beaver, and Armstrong Counties.

Information on how you can help can be found at Holy Family's website.

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