Local kids send messages of hope to their detained immigrant peers

700 books and bookmarks are being sent to children separated from their families

Andrew Kramer
June 28, 2018 - 8:53 pm
The Mighty Writers are sending 700 books, written in Spanish, to kids at a Berks County detention center and elsewhere who have been separated from their families. They made bookmarks to go along with the books.

Rachel Loeper/Mighty Writers​

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A nonprofit that teaches kids how to write is giving them a chance to use what they learn to spread some cheer to immigrant children currently being detained due to the Trump administration's family separation policy. 

The Mighty Writers are sending 700 books, written in Spanish, to kids who have been separated from their families and are currently being held at a Berks County detention center or other facilities.

"We thought if we can get books into the hands of immigrant kids who are in detention centers it just might give them some relief, pleasure or a break from reality or any number of things that could only be positive," said Tim Whitaker, executive director of Mighty Writers.

Dozens of kids from the Mighty Writers El Futuro site many of whom come from undocumented families in Philadelphia's Mexican community decorated bookmarks to go along with the books.

"I feel they're going to be happier because some kids might be separated from their family and I feel like they might be happy to know that we care about them," said 11-year-old Alma.

Aside from colorful designs, the bookmarks also contain messages of hope and support. 

"It was amazing to be around these kids to see how tuned in they were," Whitaker added. "You could feel — it was almost visceral — the emotion that was going into the designing of these bookmarks."