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Local Organization To Help In Border Crisis Despite Opposition

WACO, TX (KXXV) - A local organization will provide help to handle the influx of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally, even if some may not support the effort.

The Salvation Army of Waco will send a team of three to McAllen next week to help feed up to 500 immigrants daily.

Salvation Army employee Johnny Kincannon said providing help at the border will be a humbling experience. In addition, he said it will allow him to learn more about disaster relief assistance.

"It is scary. I just hope I can do everything that needs to be done,” said Kincannon.

The Salvation Army is working with Border Patrol and other public agencies, to make sure undocumented immigrants have their humanitarian needs addressed.

The organization provides disaster relief assistance. However, in this case it is helping with an emergency situation until officials find a solution.

"It is more of a crisis situation... where the resources that are normally available to help in communities have been taxed to the point where they need to ask for help,” said Salvation Army Major Dan Ford.

He said providing assistance is a must, even if some believe it should not be done.

"It is because they are hungry, because they are in need,” said Ford. “In any situation, we don’t look at the face of need; we just look at the need. It doesn't have a color, it doesn't have an age, need is need. I know if it was my child, I would certainly want somebody helping them.”

The Waco team will depart on July 16 and spend at least 10 days in Southern Texas. The group may have to return on a second trip, if help is needed. The organization as a whole will be there at least until September.

If you would like to support this effort, you can mail a check to 6500 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235 with the notation “Disaster-TX Border Assistance." You may also donate online at https://donate.salvationarmytexas.org/uss/texas-border-assistance
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