Crisis on the Border: How You Can Help

The migration crisis on our nation’s border continues to grow. Nonprofit shelters are seeing between 200 and 500 children arrive at their doors every 24 hours. This surge is straining the nonprofits, state and local governments, and communities along the border as they work to address this very real humanitarian crisis. This is a moment where businesses can and must act. We have the resources, networks, supply chains, and products to make a difference. 

The Chamber and the U.S. Chamber Foundation are drawing on our aid network to coordinate a private sector response. Here are two things you and your company can do right away to help families and children at the border:

Right away – We are in close contact with Save the Children and the American Red Cross. Both organizations are supporting transit shelters at the border and need financial support and bulk in-kind donations. We encourage you to visit their website and support their aid efforts. We have been provided a list of the most critical items – see below. Please contact Brooks Nelson (202-463-5518) at our Foundation to discuss what your company can donate, and he will connect you with the nonprofits that are managing shipments and delivery. 

Next week – Our Foundation is supporting a private sector coordination call hosted by Save the Children. Please join on Wednesday, July 10 from 3pm to 4pm ET. We’ll hear directly from leaders who have visited the transit shelters, and you can ask further questions.

Current Needs

Books & Activity Supplies:

  • Arts and Crafts Supplies
  • Coloring Books
  • Books (Spanish)
  • Spanish/English &  Portuguese/English Dictionary and Phrase Books (small size)
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Permanent Markers
  • Printer Paper

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Disinfecting/Cleaning Sprays

Children’s Clothing:

  • Jeans (slim sizes 6-16)
  • T-Shirts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shoelaces
  • Sneakers (size 9-13)

Adult Clothing (Men’s & Women’s):

  • Jeans (small sizes only, up to 30” waist)
  • T-Shirts (small only)
  • Socks
  • Underwear (small only)
  • Belts
  • Shoelaces
  • Sneakers

Travel Items:

  • Large Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Small Backpacks (drawstring & regular)
  • Travel-size Blankets

Non-Perishable Food (individually wrapped):

  • Beef Sticks
  • Applesauce
  • Fruit Cups
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Bottled Water

Disposable Serveware:

  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Cups (8 oz.)
  • Bowls
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Ziploc Bags

Medical Supplies:

  • Exam Gloves (all sizes)
  • Surgical Masks
  • Medical Cleaning Wipes

Hygiene Items:

  • Deodorant
  • Hand Sanitizer (pump bottle and travel size bottles)
  • Hygiene Kits 
  • Travel-size Shampoo, Soap, Lotion, and Lip Balm

Baby/Toddler Items:

  • Wipes (travel-size)
  • Nursing Pillows 
  • Travel Changing Pads
  • Pack & Play Cribs & Sheets
  • Sippy Cups
  • Baby Bathtubs
  • Umbrella Strollers