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Join One Woman's Quest to Make Life Better for Women at the Border

She's collecting the bare necessities for women at the border who have nothing.


Sandra Villarroel is an immigrant herself and knows the struggles that those seeking asylum face firsthand. Villarroel moved to the United States after living in Chile, where she experienced periods of homelessness and abuse. Now, she's sharing her story and is helping others who are facing similar challenges at the U.S. border.

Villarroel originally started her project Worth Manifesto to help women in Pittsburgh who are homeless or otherwise marginalized. She collects used make-up bags, travel-sized toiletries and make-up and delivers the donations, along with a hand-written note for each recipient, to uplift women and remind them of their self worth. According to the project's website, the mission of Worth Manifesto is to "restore the dignity of marginalized women, in precarious conditions."

Her project has since expanded from its local roots and she is wrapping up a months-long effort to collect donations for women at the border who are seeking asylum. Thanks to her outreach on social media, and a press boost from an article by The Incline , Villarroel gathered supplies for over 600 shower kits to be sent to respite centers in McAllen, Texas, where women are residing after being released from government border patrol facilities. The kits contain such items as lotion, conditioner and soap, and the goal of the initiative is to ship 1,000 kits by the end of July.

You can help Sandra to reach her goal by donating to Worth Manifesto by July 31, 2019 (yes, the deadline is just two days away!).

The following items are being collected for the shower kits:

- Clean makeup bags.

- Toothbrush

- Toothpaste

- Shampoo

- Conditioner

- Soap

- Lotion

- and (of course) personalized, encouraging notes

We'll be sure to let you know if the deadline is extended.

Check out the various locations in Pittsburgh where you can drop off donations .

If you can't make it to one of the designated drop off centers, you can contribute by donating directly to the organization through PayPal .

You can also contribute by purchasing designated items on their Amazon Wishlist .

If you'd like to contribute your time by helping to assemble kits and write letters, you can check out the website for more information.

UPDATE: Because of the overwhelming success of the project, Sandra is now raising money to fund a trip to McAllen, TX to drop off the donations. Please consider donating to help with travel expenses !

(Images c/o Worth Manifesto)

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