XORJE OLIVARES AND HEYXORJE.COM EXTEND CAMPAIGN WITH REFUGEE SERVICES OF TEXAS TO ASSIST DISPLACED PERSONS AT THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER 

“Not Just a Toy Campaign” Continues through January 1st

DALLAS, Texas (December 17, 2018)  SiriusXM Radio Host and columnist Xorje Olivares is extending the “Not Just a Toy” campaign assisting Refugee Services of Texas through January 1st to provide services to displaced persons, especially asylum seekers and other immigrants experiencing hardships at the Texas-Mexico border.

Xorje’s  “Not Just a Toy” campaign includes cash donations for families through the Refugee Services of Texas website, RSTX.org, and other online portals.

RST recently celebrated its 40th year of providing direct services to displaced persons now living in the United States, including refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking. With six locations across the state, including a site in the Rio Grande Valley, RST served 1,158 clients last year, among them 40 percent of the refugees resettled in Texas. Funds raised through the “Not Just a Toy” campaign will give clients in the Rio Grande Valley a chance to achieve self-sufficiency with dignity, after a long and arduous journey of victimization and persecution.

 “Imagine being met with violence after traveling hundreds of miles to escape it,” said Xorje Olivares, host of Affirmative Reaction on SiriusXM Progress Channel 127 (Saturdays 12p ET). “Then, imagine after spending weeks reassuring your children that freedom is near, having to run for safety but not knowing where to run -- since you're strangers in the borderland. Survival and asking for asylum should never be this hard and yet here we are.” 

 “The entire immigration situation, as it's being handled by our current administration, fuels my activism as a border native, as it does countless others nationwide…” said Xorje “Nearly 44,000 immigrants in detention, roughly 14,000 of which are youth, it's apparent that a lot needs to be done to assist those who are either lost in the system or victims of a broken one.”

 Together, Xorje Olivares, HeyXorje.com, and Refugee Services of Texas are striving to raise $20,000 to assist those displaced near the border with Mexico. Funds raised will be used to support clients’ basic needs, including shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and legal assistance. Service recipients receive case management services and employment assistance, as well cultural orientation and English classes through RST. 

 “Our clients come with no other physical belongings than the clothes on their backs,” said RST CEO, Russell Smith.  “We want to give them a wonderful holiday this year, but more than just toys are needed. With recent cuts in federal funding and a record low cap on the number of refugees entering the country, we need the people of Texas to rally around refugees and displaced peoples and show them that we are a place of refuge and support.”

 For more information or to donate, visit:

 https://heyxorje.com/

https://www.gofundme.com/toys-for-tornillo

@HeyXorje @XorjeO #Toys4Tornillo

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP

RST's Unaccompanied Children Program serves kids who are released from immigration detention centers but don't have any parental or guardian support in the United States. RST provides home studies to ensure the homes the children are placed in are suitable and case management for the children to get them access to support services like mental healthcare, food assistance, and education.

This program is already seeing an influx of clients due to the "Zero Tolerance" immigration policies currently in place. We need your help to ensure we have enough staff and resources to help these children.



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