Nonprofits sending messages of love to children separated from families at U.S. border


Although President Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping the separation of children and parents at the border, many people are still frustrated with the policy.  That’s why two local nonprofits are doing something to send a compassionate message.  

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words.  But inside Coaster Coffee, it’s the words that count.

“Hi my friend.  I am so sorry that things have been scary and difficult for you, but I want you to know that you are loved,” said Taryn Nunley, Compassion Cards President.  Her words translate into English the Spanish message written on one of the cards. 

Those cards are heading to children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

“I don’t have kids, but I can’t imagine what it would be like to not know where my child was or if they were safe,” said Compassion Cards Founder Jordie DiFernando.  “And as a child, to not know where your parents are.”

Compassion Cards, a local nonprofit, wanted to do something to help the detained children.  

“We just randomly saw online that there was a group of people on the West Coast who are collecting cards and pictures and stuffed animals to give to the kids,” said DiFernando.

They reached out to Coaster Coffee, run by a local church, which immediately agreed to host them.

“We feel that we’re commanded to love, love others,” said Crystal Johnson, with Coaster Coffee.  “This seemed like the perfect thing, the perfect way to love these children.”

Sending a handwritten card seems so simple, but organizers say it can mean a lot. 

“To feel like there is a safe network here for them, that they’re not just totally alone, although I’m sure they feel that way without their families and everything,” said DiFernando.  “We just want them to feel like they’re getting a big hug.”

Their goal is to send 1,000 cards with messages of love and support.

“I think that wherever these cards meets these people, that it will have a positive impact on them,” said Nunley. 

If you’d like to make a card, you can stop by Coaster Coffee on Tidewater Drive anytime Tuesday night between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

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