Posted: Jun 24, 2014 9:40 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:05 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Volunteers at Immaculate Conception Church in Brownsville are packing dozens of bags of clothing destined for the landfill.
The countless pieces of clothing belonged to illegal immigrants. Some immigrants said it felt good to get rid of the old apparel.
"We spent five days without changing our clothes since we were detained in immigration. It's horrible to have the same underwear for five days. My child got a rash," a woman named Mirna said.
The woman and her child got help at the church. She said the journey from her native El Salvador wasn't easy.
"It was hard, but at the same time, I did it for him," she said.
Mirna and her child left El Salvador two weeks ago. She didn't pack much.
"A part of it, you leave it on the other side of the river. They put up to 10 people per raft. You can't bring all this weight with you. When one arrives with the little things you can have, you hope that you will get some services," she said.
"You come with this shock from detention and the journey and you're fearful about everything," she said.
Mirna and her child got fresh clothes and a place to clean up.
"It was a great relief. I'm telling my travel buddy we're going to end up with no teeth because we weren't brushing our teeth," she said.