Babies at the Border

Two national non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, American Mothers, Inc. and Innocents at Risk have partnered on an urgent project, Babies at the Border, to bring much needed supplies to children caught up in the current immigration crisis.  Items like baby formula, diapers, underwear for children and crayons/coloring books are urgently needed.  A portion of donation dollars raised are being matched by a grant from the Whittier Trust and all proceeds will go directly to purchasing and delivering supplies to the US border in conjunction with the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition.

A national call to action is needed to help these children and supplies can be sent directly to:

Marisa Ugarte, Director, Babies at the Border, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, 241 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950

Monetary donations to contribute to the combined efforts can be sent one of three ways: by texting the word “mom” to 313131 from your mobile phone and making a donation via credit, online by designating Babies at the Border, or by mailing a check to:

American Mothers, Inc. c/o Andrea Ball, Executive Director, 1701 K Street NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20006

“This is a national crisis of children in need,” said, Dianne Callister, 2010 Mother of the Year and American Mothers Board Member.  “While our government is focused on the politics of this problem, we need to make sure these children have the basic necessities and who better to make this happen than mothers?  This exemplifies Moms helping Moms and caring for children in need is something we do naturally,” Callister continued.

According to Justice and State Department figures, in fiscal year 2013, over 23,000 children were apprehended at the border and remanded to US Custody.  Due to a backlog in the court system, the U.S. has been overwhelmed with finding shelter for children entering the country illegally and has created an over-crowding crisis that has resulted in a lack of basic child welfare supplies.

American Mothers, Inc.® is an interfaith, non-political, non-profit organization for women and men who recognize the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach.  American Mothers, Inc is the official sponsor of Mother’s Day.  It is also the organization responsible for annually selecting the National Mother of the Year and Young Mother of the Year from candidates across the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  

Innocents at Risk is a child-advocacy non-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established to fight human trafficking by raising awareness and educating about this problem among the international and diplomatic community, the corporate sector, students in public schools and universities and among the general public.  Innocents at Risk is dedicated to protecting children from all forms of abuse, and work to end child exploitation and child trafficking everywhere.  To learn more, visit www.InnocentsatRisk.org.