LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A recent Associated Press poll revealed that 53 percent of Americans think the United States does not have a moral obligation to offer refugees asylum but a Lufkin church disagrees.
St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church is starting their first campaign to gather supplies to send down to the border to offer some comforts as they make their way through the immigration system.
A church at the U.S. - Mexico border started collecting and packaging hygiene items and snacks for the thousands of immigrant children in limbo at the border and now St. Cyprian's in Lufkin is joining that effort.
Lufkin native, Leigh Ainsworth spent the past two years working with an organization in San Antonio that provides kids that are detained in immigrant shelters with information about their legal rights.
Ainsworth says the majority of the kids have no idea what is going to happen to them but believes that as Americans we should do whatever we can to help.
And help is what St. Cyprian's is asking for. The church will be collecting travel size hygiene items, clothing, toys and monetary donations.
You can drop donations off at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church on the loop in Lufkin or call 936-639-1253.
For more information and insight on the immigrant children on the border here's the link to the documentary Lufkin community members watched Wednesday at St. Cyprian's: