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You can help the refugee children

2014-07-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-21T08:31:07Z You can help the refugee children The Billings Gazette
July 20, 2014 12:00 am

We have a huge opportunity for an all-out humanitarian effort sitting at our border. This is also our opportunity to show the world how humanely we can handle this kind of situation.

My grandmother emigrated from Sweden to America as a 10-year-old child essentially alone as her adult escort was essentially drunk the whole trip. I have often contemplated how brave and scared she must have been during that journey and how the help of strangers must have eased the way. How much more each child at our border has suffered to get here because he or she believed we would give them a life they could not even dream of at home.

These boys and girls should not be treated as a criminal for believing in us. How can each of us help at least one child? Is his basic needs (food, clothing and shelter) being met? Is she getting medical attention? Is someone there to comfort the little boy or girl when the nightmares come? Does each child have an advocate to represent him or her to assure the best decision is being made for him or her?

Remember, one person can make a difference. You can be that one person for that one child. Contact Save the Children, International Red Cross, local and national church groups, human rights groups, etc. today and find out what they are doing and how you can help that one boy or girl.

Jesus said, "Whoever receives one child like this in my name, receives me." Matthew 18:5. May God bless you with huge results in this most important of humanitarian efforts.

Delores Shelton


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