More than 600,000 people this year are expected to benefit from a new donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico — and many more will be blessed in the years to come.
The Church gave equipment and supplies to 11 shelters and four community soup kitchens in several Mexican states. The donation included refrigerators, purifiers, industrial washing machines, mattresses and fans, all of which helps those who provide charitable efforts in the fields of migration and food security.
The migrant houses provide shelter, clothing, legal assistance, food and other services to thousands of refugees and migrants who are in transit in Mexico, coming from all parts of the world, mainly from the Caribbean, as well as from Central and South America, said a news release from the Church’s Mexico Newsroom dated Aug. 2.
The Church worked with Dimensión Episcopal de la Pastoral de Movilidad Humana, or Episcopal Dimension of the Pastoral Care of Human Mobility, a humanitarian aid organization with the Catholic church.
Other people in Mexico are in a situation of vulnerability, explained Father Julio López Vivas, director of Pastoral de Movilidad Humana.
“This is a donation that will help us fulfill our mission of helping those who need it most,” he said.
Mexico City Ermita Stake President Iván Romo Palacios said, “The protection of human rights is a priority focus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are honored to be able to help all of these people receive the care they need. Thank you for allowing the Church of Jesus Christ to help.”
Other donations in Mexico
The Church in Mexico has helped the community in several other ways this past year.
For example, the Church hosted a job fair, donated wheelchairs and gave needed kitchen and other equipment to three shelters in April.
In March, the Church donated two water purification systems and 30 wooden houses to help migrant shelters at the northern Mexico border.
Funding from the Church in February helped organizations along the U.S.-Mexico border that serve migrants and people who are homeless.
And last November, several donations helped shelters care for children and others seeking asylum.