Long Beach, California 2021-05-07 20:22:30 –
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated the book after receiving a call from Mayor Robert Garcia, said Nate Fernley, president of the local church branch.
“That’s the heart of Christianity. If there are children in need, we hope they are there to help them,” Fernley said.
Donations to more than 700 unaccompanied immigrant children housed in the convention center were already in place. However, Friday donations have more than doubled in the last 48 hours. According to Samantha Melinger, a spokesman for the Convention & Visitors Bureau, there are currently a total of 28,000 items.
Laura Daud, an auditor of the city of Long Beach, a member of the church, said: “It was a wonderful gesture of how the community worked together.”
Immigrant children began arriving at the convention center on April 22nd.The Long Beach facility, rented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will accommodate children until August 2 while authorities work to reunite with U.S. families and sponsors.
Friday donations were part of the city’s two weeks Book and toy drive It starts on April 24th and ends on May 8th.