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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.

Steve Newman May 10, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Well isn't that special. Maybe they can organize a car pool to meet the illegals when they come back accross, again. Keep giving and the takers keep taking-like someone we loathe on the Patch.
jojo May 10, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Dislike!!!
Gil Rasmussen May 10, 2013 at 08:03 PM
They will also include an invitation to attend their church, "next time you're in town." At the very least, this is better suited to church work, more so than prepping Wildomar's parks, when Wildomar has the money to prep the parks on their own.
Ken Mayes May 10, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Quick internet search shows one Mr. Tom Pilkington is a board member of Congregational Development for the United Methodist Church. This is nothing more than what banks used to do, come join us and we will give you a goody-bag.
dick weed May 10, 2013 at 09:10 PM
leave every single one of them there, and send all the rest back as well and leave them there, tired of my tax dollars not helping Americans that need help first, it seems they or a illegal period are entitled to more than a american is, and thats just wrong charity starts at home first period !!!!!!!!!!!
some guy May 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM
churchs always getting involved when they dont belong... good grief
Ken Mayes May 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM
This working on parks falls right in with one of the tenets of the Methodist Church. During a 1952 semi-annual meeting of the Council of Bishops of the Methodist Church it was decided to form a 12 member Commission for a New World Order. Where have we heard that phrase before.
Ken Mayes May 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM
You use the phrase incorrectly as do most. “But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? ‘Charity begins at home,’ is the voice of the world;” – Sir Thomas Browne, 1642.
Arthur Spooner May 11, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Agreed! Most of them do not give a rip about our country anyway. They have this warped ignorant sense of entitlement and the liberals feed it. The money needs to go to Americans.
Chitown One May 11, 2013 at 05:43 PM
They don't deserve a dam thing, they get to much that WE, Americans pay for and more then deserving citizen should get but can't. Get rid of them all.
Carl Petersen III May 11, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Chitown One 1 hour ago "They don't deserve a dam thing, they get to much that WE, Americans pay for and more then deserving citizen should get but can't. Get rid of them all." . . From http://northridge.patch.com/blog_posts/employ-them-and-they-will-come Perhaps these undocumented immigrants are drawn here by the generous benefits that our government offers. One chain e-mail claims that a mother in Florida who is undocumented is receiving $1,500 a month in benefits for each of her eight children. This despite the fact that an official from the Florida DCF states that “the maximum benefit for a family with one mother and eight children would be $671 per month.” However, that is the maximum benefit if the mother was a legal resident. “Undocumented immigrants are not eligible to receive any 'welfare' benefits and even legal immigrants are severely restricted in the benefits they can receive.”
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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