Ways to Help

We would love to have your help in providing for the needs of immigrants here along the border. Below are HUGE ways you can help out our work.

Updated 2.18.20


UPDATE: For now, we have a direct channel for sharing new clothing, in the original tags/packaging. Used clothing is still helpful,  but may take us longer to get into the hands of people who need it

Used clothes should be clean, in good shape, and not have inappropriate images on them (i.e. sexualized ads, death images, etc.). Women’s clothing should be modestly cut. 

  • All children’s sizes
  • Adult sizes Small and Medium (some size Large is OK but XL and above are a burden on us, please do not send them)
  • Flip-flops (new only)
  • Socks (new only)
  • Shoelaces (new only)
  • Belts
  • Jackets

IMPORTANT: Please wash, fold, sort, and label clothes by gender and size before sending them. We need to be able to take your nicely bundled stack of child-male-underwear-size 7 and set it on the shelf by the same name. When you do this as a group project it saves the clothes from just sitting around in storage until we have someone come visit to do it.


  • Large or Giant Print Spanish NVI Bibles (only complete Bibles, please. We have received a good number of Spanish New Testaments)
  • Headlamp flashlights (Those that use normal AA or AAA batteries would be ideal)
  • Solar/battery-powered lanterns
  • Small, portable, educational toys and activities for children

Bulk Hygiene Supplies

  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Lice combs
  • Lice shampoo
  • Soap (not detergent bars)
  • Wash cloths
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Feminine hygiene products

Bulk Dry Food

  • Rice
  • Beans

Who gets this stuff?

We distribute these supplies to our partners who are working with immigrants as they need them. Currently this includes:

  • Most of the items we receive right now are going over to the tent city in Matamoros, Mexico. Here are some links about that:
    Texas Monthly Article
  • The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX provides basic services like showers, new clothes, food, and information to people who are applying for asylum in the United States and are being released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). At surge times, The Respite Center has welcomed up to 900 immigrants a day.
  • La Posada Providencia in San Benito, TX is an emergency shelter for immigrants and asylum seekers. Clients are provided with food and shelter as well as English language and citizenship training as they wait for their legal immigration processes to be resolved.
  • Senda de Vida in Reynosa, Mexico is an emergency shelter on the Mexico side. They were built for a capacity of 200. For most of the summer 2019, they have been holding 600 or more people who are awaiting their turn to cross the border lawfully.
  • Casa Bugambilia is a shelter in Matamoros, Mexico for homeless people with special needs. Currently it is also housing immigrants awaiting their asylum cases.


Trinity on the Border
412 W. Van Buren Ave.
Harlingen, TX 78550

Have questions?

Email us at admin@thebordermission.org.

Call or text us at 956.887.0182.