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Donations in northern Mexico help feed those in need

Funding from the Church helps organizations along the U.S.-Mexico border that serve migrants and people who are homeless

Three recent donations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northern Mexico will help organizations in their efforts to serve populations in need near the U.S.-Mexico border.

A new industrial stove, blenders and other equipment were given to the Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava in Tijuana, which serves migrants and the homeless. The Church’s Mexico Newsroom reported that the donation was expected to benefit 72,000 people over the life of the equipment.

Representatives from the Tijuana Mexico La Gloria Stake presidency and stake Relief Society were present at the official donation event.

Then the Church gave food — including beans, rice, sugar, soup and other supplies — to Casa de los Pobres, or House of the Poor. The relief agency is run by the Archdiocese of Tijuana and provides thousands of meals each month for people in need. The food will supply two thousand dispensaries that will be distributed by the organization. 

Leaders from the Tijuana Mexico Florido Stake and stake Relief Society were present at the donation event. 

A group of volunteers serves in Casa de los Pobres, or House of the Poor, run by the Archdiocese of Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico, in January 2023. A donation from the Church of food and supplies will help the organization as it provides thousands of meals each month for people in need. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The third donation took place in Sonora to La Divina Providencia Migrant House Association in Sonora. This organization feeds almost 2,000 people every day. The Church donated kitchen equipment including two microwave ovens and repaired the stove in the shelter.

The association’s director, Martín Salgado, thanked the Church for their support. “Whoever helps migrants is doing good for humanity, and that pleases God,” he said.

The San Luis Río Colorado Mexico Stake presidency and stake Relief Society were represented at the official recognition ceremony for the gift. 

Stake President Everado Gurrola Regalado recognized the great work carried out by the Migrant House Association and expressed his confidence that the donation could strengthen the ties of support between the two organizations.

The kitchen is shown at La Divina Providencia Migrant House Association in Sonora, Mexico, in January 2023. The Church repaired the stove in the shelter and donated two microwave ovens, as well as other kitchen equipment. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Other recent donations in Mexico

In October 2022, the Church donated a kitchen to the Senda de Vida II Refugee Center, which had been preparing food outdoors on improvised stoves for thousands of migrants and refugees.

The new kitchen was equipped with industrial appliances necessary for the preservation and preparation of food.

In the same month, the Church gave a donation to Save the Children — an international humanitarian aid organization focusing on the needs of children and adolescents.

Through this donation, food, cleaning kits and personal hygiene supplies were provided to humanitarian shelters in Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, Reynosa, Matamoros, Hermosillo and Nogales. 

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In August 2022, the Church sent food, water and other supplies to people affected by recent heavy rains and flash flooding in Sonora. More than 3,000 people were affected by flooding in the northern Mexican state.

Earlier in the month, several local Church leaders met with the governor of Sonora, Alfonso Durazo, at a chapel in Hermosillo. 

“I know your church,” Durazo said, speaking of the humanitarian and service work of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “I know that they are very organized and always willing to help and serve in the community.” 

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