Some Tulsa teachers hope to make things a bit easier for migrant children headed to Fort Sill because current shelters are overwhelmed with record numbers of children coming from Central America.
“I will not be quiet until they have fair treatment,” teacher Krystal Medina said.
Medina and Stephanie Jones talked with 2 Works For You after hearing news reports about conditions at the other shelters. They're concerned about what could await migrant children headed to Fort Sill.
They want to do whatever they can to help.
“Even if we can’t get them out of what I consider a concentration camp, then I think that we need to be there so they can see us and that they can hear us, that we are there for them,” Medina said.
Medina, who is a mom, heard about the government's plan to house migrant children at Fort Sill and she wanted to do something.
"I will not be quiet until they have fair treatment," Medina said.
Medina and other teachers like Jones, who is from the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, teamed up to see what they could do.
"We wondered, 'do the children need anything?' And then this morning, we ran into a news article saying that children don't have basic necessities, and toothbrushes and soap are on a list of things that these children won't have access to," Stephanie said.
Together, they've spent the last few days gathering items. When they go to distribute these items, they hope they have something for everyone.
"There is no way to pick. Every child deserves an equal amount of what they need," Medina said.
Medina and Jones hope their donations will bring some comfort to the kids.
"These children... or even the adults don't have the basic necessities. Makes me embarrassed for our nation. How can we as a nation hold these individuals against their will and not provide them with at least basic necessities," Medina said.
The teachers will be accepting donations at the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association on June 22 from 7-7:30 am at 3936 E. 31st St.
After they have collected all the items, the teachers plan to drive them down to Fort Sill themselves.
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