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People Deported Back To Mexico Receive Acts Of Kindness From Local Churches

"Regardless of how you feel about the immigration issues facing our country today, there are individual people whose lives and families are being impacted," said church leader Tom Pilkington.

During the 2012 fiscal year, the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that handles deportations removed 409,849 people from this country. Approximately 55 percent, or 225,390 of those removed, were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, but the numbers show the rest were not criminals. (Click here to read the ICE statement.)

"Regardless of how you feel about the immigration issues facing our country today, there are individual people whose lives and families are being impacted," said Tom Pilkington, lay leader for Grace United Methodist Mission Area, which comprises eight churches, including Lake Elsinore, along with Fallbrook, Hemet, Murrieta, San Jacinto, Sun City, Temecula, and Winchester.

Together, the churches are planning a Mission Project to help the  people being deported each month.

"Our goal is to build 1,000 health kits that will be distributed to the deportees as they arrive back in Mexico," Pilkington said.

Health kits consist of very basic health aids such as a comb, toothbrush, tooth paste, bandages, nail clipper, soap, washcloth and hand towel, and will be delivered to the Border Mission of the United Methodist Church, according to Pilkington.

The Methodists are encouraging residents to help with the project by dropping by any one of the eight churches and delivering any of the components of the kits. Residents are also encouraged to join on June 1 at one of those churches to help assemble the kits. (Click on the attached PDF for more specifics on the supplies needed, as well as drop-off information and church locations, or call 951-677-6174.)

Today's news marks the second time this week the United Methodist Church has made local news. On May 8, Wildomar City Council unanimously approved the church's offer to conduct a Great Day of Service set for October at the city's three local parks. Click here for more on that story.

Alek J Hidell May 12, 2013 at 03:16 AM
if you get on the Winchester 15 on-ramp for San Diego, you can smell the human feces from the homeless camp in the strip of trees to your left. These are from criminal aliens and assorted homeless tweeker/wino bums...It's disgusting.. Right under the bridge, its the smell of a Third World country
Carl Petersen III May 12, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Alec Hidell 9:48 am on Sunday, May 12, 2013 "These are from criminal aliens" . . You have checked their papers?
snoopy May 14, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Tweakers and hispanics, yes please check their papers lol. Carl since you love the smell, maybe you should go visit these individuals. Do a survey and get back to us, let us know their status. Maybe you could house some of them and help them out. Since you are an atheist you do not believe treasures will be awaiting you in heaven for your good deeds, but hey imagine how good you will feel. You often stick up for people, so get busy and help them. I lived in New York, I know your kind. You look across the Hudson River at the projects far from Manhattan. You stick up for the poor as long as they are away from you!
Carl Petersen III May 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
snoopy 2 hours ago "Tweakers and hispanics," . . This is not what the original comment said: . . Alec Hidell 9:48 am on Sunday, May 12, 2013 "These are from criminal aliens and assorted homeless tweeker/wino bums" . . I hate to break it to you, but all Hispanics are not undocumented. How could Alec possibly know the citizenship status of this group of people?
Carl Petersen III May 14, 2013 at 05:34 PM
snoopy 2 hours ago "I lived in New York, I know your kind. You look across the Hudson River at the projects far from Manhattan." . . Never lived in Manhattan. My only view across the Hudson was Westchester.

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