Salvation Army Volunteers Return From Assisting At U.S. Mexico Border

Lubbock residents Rudy Zapata and Alton Ryan returned from their day 10 trip of aiding immigrants coming from Central America to McAllen.
By Melissa Adan

LUBBOCK, TX-- Volunteers from Lubbock Salvation Army journeyed to McAllen to assist in aiding the high number of undocumented immigrants traveling into the U.S. mainly from Central America. 

Rudy Zapata and Alton Ryan returned Thursday night from their 10 day trip to the border.

"In any disaster when I give somebody a plate, warm food that they haven't eaten all day, just to see their eyes light up or say 'thank you so much for this plate,'" said Zapata, who has served in many disaster and crisis relief efforts with the Salvation Army. "That's worth me waking up in the morning to serve that plate."

Zapata and Ryan's main duty was working in the kitchen serving children and families soup.

"The Salvation Army has a bowl of soup and anyone can come and get it, we never say no to anybody," said Zapata.

Immigrants were arriving to the border and after going through Immigration Customs Enforcement officials took trollies provided by the city of McAllen to shelters full of volunteers.

At the shelter that Zapata and Ryan were aiding in, immigrants would arrive and be provided with food and a place to shower.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations on their website.

 
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