El Paso - The office of Senator José Rodríguez has exceeded its initial goal of 2,400 soccer balls donated for the "Gifts for Good" drive for the youth in the Tornillo detention center; the goal was based on the facility census, which at last report has grown to approximately 2,800 unaccompanied minors. Here is a statement from the Senator's office:
The official count from the online wish list is 2,550, and there are more dribbling in. The office expects to finish at about 2,700. Many people from the Paso del Norte and Trans-Pecos region, and from across America, have asked for an opportunity to show the youths that they are welcome by sending gifts, or by providing educational or social services. Unfortunately, the children are not allowed visitors, gifts of any kind, or even hugs.