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Casa Alitas seeks donated supplies for asylum seekers

Posted at 10:55 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 12:52:42-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Casa Alitas is in need of donations from the community for migrant asylum seekers at the Benedictine Monastery. Casa Alitas is a program with the Catholic Community Services of Tucson to help migrants, who have left their home countries. Some of those countries include Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The lead coordinator for Casa Alitas Diego Javier Pina Lopez said the monastery opened its doors to migrants two and half weeks ago, and they plan on being open until May.

"If you look around here, it looks like there it is a lot of supplies but based kind of on how we set everything up, we are always still running out," Lopez said.

He said predominately a lot of the families are going to colder regions in the United States, so they are looking for jackets and heavier shoes that will be more resistant to snow.

This is a list of supplies they still need:

  • Winter clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Under garments- for men, women and children
  • Fruits- bananas, apples and oranges
  • Basic travel-sized toiletries (especially toilet paper)
  • Non-disposable dishes
  • Drinking glasses
  • Mugs
  • Eating utensils
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Canned black beans
  • Rice
  • Corn tortillas
  • Backpacks
  • Travel blankets
  • Games for kids

To donate, go to Ward 6 or Catholic Community Services' main office.