Sending My Friends Home

$23,521 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 273 people in 28 months

My name is Bill Smith and I am a chef in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I have many friends who are immigrants. Some of theses people are employees, some are former employees. Almost all of the families have mixed documentation. They are worried that loved ones may be deported. I want to be able to put people on planes if they feel that they need to leave the United States. I'm not sure exactly how much we'll need and I'm not sure when I will need it. This is a contingency fund. There are eight families that I know that could be affected. Thirteen children under the age of 16. I have gotten everyone's travel documents in order. I'm afraid that there may not be much notice so I want to be ready to go at any time. I might also need to help with living expenses before people go if people are suddenly out of work. There may also be legal expenses. I thought if there was any extra cash, I would divide it up among these families if they in fact leave. Most of them have been here so long that they no longer have homes in the places where they came from. 
My plan for using the money is this: If I buy plane tickets, I will do so on line using my own accounts. If bills need to be paid , I will write checks, again from my own account. I will keep careful record of all the expenditures, that all donor will be welcome to examine. If everyone leaves and there is any nmoney left, I will just give it to the families, probably by sending them money orders since they will by then be back home.

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Mission Creep. A family of asylum seekers from Guatemala has shown up at my kitchen door. With your permission, I am going to use a few hundred dollars to help them get situated. They are a single mother and her two small children. Thanks.
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We renewed a DACA application for the niece one one of my line cooks.
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FYI. Unlike Jeff Sessions, I cannot stand by and watch crying children being separated from their mother. Their single mother, no less. This morning, I gave $500 of our fund to help bail out a woman who was picked up for something that seemed minor to me- having an open beer can in a public park. There must be more to the story, and she isn't on my staff, but her children are friends of my staff's children, so I didn't know what else to do. Hopefully this won't turn into anything awful for them.
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Here's a wrap up of 2017. Everyone is fine. Our last task of the year was to replace a passport for on of the kids father, that was destroyed in a fire. One small victory. After much running around, we got a tax refund for one of my cooks who had used a tax service that spoke Spanish but that was both expensive and incompetent. Sheltering in place. Thank you and here's to an improved world in 2018.
The check!
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Lakeisha
6 months ago

sorry u going thru this no money send but If u can help me share my friend story

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Sean
6 months ago

Hi Bill if you need any help, I'm the clinic nurse at FaithAction International House in Greensboro and we have case management services available. Thank you for your generosity.

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Amy
6 months ago

Good plan! Please keep informed if funds are needed!

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Richard
6 months ago

Do it!

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Andrew
6 months ago

thanks for all you do, bill.

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Meredith
6 months ago

Yes yes yes. Please do.

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Carol Puckett
11 months ago

Bill, I deeply appreciate the update. It's a visceral reminder of the need for these funds. Thank you so much for doing the hard work.... Let us all know if the fund needs additional funding.

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Anne Brown
12 months ago

Thank you, Bill - good call.

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Sarah Owens
12 months ago

Babies need their moms. Thanks so much for this. Made me feel good today. Let us know when the fund needs funding.

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Betsy Hitt
23 months ago

Thank you Bill! How is the bank account holding up? Need more?

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Kathleen G Goldstein
23 months ago

Bless you, Bill. Thank you for the update.

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$23,521 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 273 people in 28 months
Created February 2, 2017
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jane daley witten
6 months ago
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Bill, please let the mission creep on. i trust you, and am happy to help on a continuing basis. much love!

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Anne Brown
6 months ago
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$25
Harry Wurster
6 months ago
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TM
$250
Tricia Mesigian
6 months ago
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MB
$25
Moe berry
6 months ago
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SB
$25
Sarah Bryant
6 months ago
DC
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David Carlton
6 months ago
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Hey Bill - Been so long, hope you are well. I added a small bit more to help out. Glad to see your efforts and hope some good comes of it in the midst of all this rottenness of late. Best, David

$25
Richard Parsons
6 months ago
Lakeisha
6 months ago

sorry u going thru this no money send but If u can help me share my friend story

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Sean
6 months ago

Hi Bill if you need any help, I'm the clinic nurse at FaithAction International House in Greensboro and we have case management services available. Thank you for your generosity.

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Amy
6 months ago

Good plan! Please keep informed if funds are needed!

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Richard
6 months ago

Do it!

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Andrew
6 months ago

thanks for all you do, bill.

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Meredith
6 months ago

Yes yes yes. Please do.

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Carol Puckett
11 months ago

Bill, I deeply appreciate the update. It's a visceral reminder of the need for these funds. Thank you so much for doing the hard work.... Let us all know if the fund needs additional funding.

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Anne Brown
12 months ago

Thank you, Bill - good call.

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Sarah Owens
12 months ago

Babies need their moms. Thanks so much for this. Made me feel good today. Let us know when the fund needs funding.

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Betsy Hitt
23 months ago

Thank you Bill! How is the bank account holding up? Need more?

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Kathleen G Goldstein
23 months ago

Bless you, Bill. Thank you for the update.

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