Ways to Help

We would love to have your help in providing for the needs of immigrants here along the border. Below are things you can send us.

Updated 8.20.19

Hygiene Kits (see below)
This is by far our BIGGEST need. If you can only send one thing, send these. Scroll down for the details.

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 are needed and adult sizes Small and Medium (some size Large is OK but XL and above are a burden on us, please do not send them).

Re-usable Grocery bags (or similarly sized bags)
One of our partners goes through 500 of these a day. Please send them to us in quantities of 100 or more.

Who gets this stuff?

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

  • The Humanitarian Respite Center (HRC) 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). The HRC welcomes between 100 and 600 refugees and immigrants each 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 citizenship training as they wait for their legal immigration processes to be resolved.

Hygiene Kits

Please Note:
• we update this list as we are told by the various immigrant shelters. If the photo and the list are different, go with the list. The photo is just to give you an idea of what we are talking about.
• please only use the items on the list. Additional items make distribution very difficult.
• if feminine hygiene products are not on this list, then we do not need them at this time. Please do not add them to kits.
• although it may seem easier and more efficient for you to order bulk items and have them sent to us, that is not the case. There are times when sending us bulk items is helpful. But unless this page is asking for it, please send pre-made kits only.

Thank you.


Put the following items into a quart-size Ziploc bag.

  • A clean, new washcloth
  • A toothbrush
  • A tube of toothpaste
  • 2-3 Band-Aids
  • A stick of deodorant
  • A plastic comb
  • Please do not put soap in the hygiene kits

A great group project for your church, small group, or Bible study
3 or 4 people can assemble 200 kits in an hour.


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.

Can I just give money?

We appreciate and depend on your financial support for all the work we do on the border. We are a small team with limited administrative capacity so we cannot guarantee that gifts smaller than $1,000 will be used only for basic hygiene kits. If your group would like to make a donation of $1,000 or more for this project, please visit our Giving page and write “Hygiene Kits” in the comments field.