YouGiveGoods, the ecommerce charitable giving platform, is pleased to partner with Save the Children to engage sponsors and the public in raising supplies needed to bring comfort and care to children at transit shelters at the southern U.S. border.
Save the Children has stepped in to provide humanitarian care and support to children and families after they’ve been released from government facilities. These are children and families who have crossed the U.S. border seeking asylum from violence and extreme poverty – a harrowing journey that can take months.
Save the Children is providing safe play areas in transit shelters – called Child Friendly Spaces – where kids can be kids again, express themselves and begin to cope, all under the supervision of trained, caring adults. It is also operating Mother Baby Areas, where moms can rest, feed and care for their infants.
It takes a lot of resources to keep these programs running, and this need has driven the partnership between YouGiveGoods and Save the Children. They are asking the public to purchase most needed items for donation through their YouGiveGoods drive.
“Facilitating corporate and public support in situations like the border crisis is one of the reasons YouGiveGoods was founded,” explains YouGiveGoods President, Lisa Tomasi. “Often in times of crisis or even disaster, people want to help but are not sure how and the logistics of actually donating goods are too complicated. Our technology was built so anyone, anywhere, can purchase the product(s) that the charity needs most and YouGiveGoods handles all the logistics, including the ability to collate orders for bulk shipments, clearly acknowledge drive sponsors, and report and track all details.”
YouGiveGoods staff are in close contact with Save the Children to ensure the drive is raising only brand-new items they need most and delivery is to the proper locations. In this case, YouGiveGoods sends shipments when full pallets of items have been purchased. These bulk shipments simplify the receiving process for volunteers and staff on site, which helps get items into the hands of those in need even faster.
Most-needed items available for donation via the site include toiletries, underwear, t-shirts, socks and cleaning supplies. Packages of shoe laces are also needed since shoe laces are confiscated by Border Patrol agents upon entry and not returned. In addition to these necessities, Save the Children is collecting items meant to bring joy and encourage play, such as crayons, coloring books, and teddy bears.
Corporations, schools, organizations, and individuals can make an exponential impact by starting their own YouGiveGoods drive, raising goods for Save the Children’s work at the border. YouGiveGoods team challenge events are a popular option to help to build excitement and increase donations. Contact Mary Lonergan at Mary.Lonergan@YouGiveGoods.com or 877-526-4483 x106 to get started.
In addition to their current humanitarian work at the border, Save the Children continues its work to address the root causes of this crisis. Building on decades of work supporting children in the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – and Mexico, Save the Children is expanding and strengthening programs focused on protection, education and peace-building.
Learn more about the crisis at the border and Save the Children’s response here, where the public can also provide cash donations. Visit the Save the Children drive page to purchase items for donation.