Imagine how far a small act of kindness can go when you’re trapped in an immigrant detention center awaiting a date for your asylum hearing. Suddenly that desperation you feel is replaced with renewed hope, if even for just a fleeting moment.
That’s how migrants at a detention facility in New Mexico felt when they received a surprise visit from 25 bikers who gave them 30,000 free meals.
It was completely unexpected and done out of a genuine spirit of giving.
With help from the migrants, the bikers unloaded about six pallets worth of meals from Indiana-based nonprofit Pack Away Hunger.
The meals come in pouches and can be prepared using hot water. They consist of rice, vegetables and texturized vegetable protein.
The 216 immigrants available at lunchtime didn’t wait for a call to help. They immediately lined up to help and all the food was unloaded in just a few minutes.
Nearby Camp Hope, which combats homelessness, also received 5,000 meals from the bikers.
It’s great to know we have buena gente out there willing to extend a helping arm to our people. It’s proof that kindness and generosity still exist and we can all do our part by paying it forward.