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Spurred By Anger At The Trump Administration, One Latina Entrepreneur Raised $9,000 For Migrant Children

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When pictures emerged last week of the devastating conditions immigrant children were being subjected to at detention centers, Patty Rodriguez felt she couldn’t idly stand by. The images made such an impact on Rodriguez that she knew she had to do something to help the children any way she could.

In one weekend, the co-founder and author of bilingual children’s books Lil’ Libros mobilized her social media followers to raise over $9,000..

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Rodriguez mobilized her 90,000 Instagram followers to raise enough money to send hundreds of pairs of shoes to a shelter in Texas. On June 28, Rodriguez saw a photo of a little boy about her son’s age, with a diaper completely soiled and wrapped in a foil blanket. The phot was enough to spur the entrepreneur into action.

“How are people debating this?” Rodriguez said while choking up during a phone interview with mitú.

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“There’s no time to focus on that. I went on Zappos to buy shoes myself, and I thought I could purchase a handful myself, or ask my community on Instagram if they wanted to help,” Rodriguez said. “People want to help, they just don’t know how. There’s all this information that you can’t donate to detention centers, but there’s a loophole that you can donate to shelters, but people just don’t know that.”

The shoes are not the only way Rodriguez is using her platform to help the migrants. She recently teamed up with Super Mamá’s Bricia Lopez to raise money for RAICES.

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⁣ I can’t sit here and do nothing. ⁣ ⁣ We have seen the headlines. Migrant children being treated worse than animals. Living in the worst conditions, going days without showering and having a nutritious meal. Children as young as my little Oliver walking around soiled without diapers – having no one around to hold them and properly love and care for them. ⁣ ⁣ We have seen the horrendous images of a 2 year old and her father, having drowned after attempting to cross the border. ⁣ ⁣ My heart breaks. And I feel helpless. And I cannot continue to go about my life without trying to help and I think the best way right now is using our platforms. ⁣ ⁣ @bricialopez and I are coming together for a very intimate dinner with 100% of the proceeds— meaning, every penny will go to two foundations working around the clock to offering assistance to families and children at the border, @raicestexas and @thisisabouthumanity. I know many of you guys have asked how you can help. We hope that this dinner inspires you and encourages to help. ⁣ ⁣ This is your opportunity to pick our brains about anything and everything and help our children at the border. ⁣ ⁣ We will have drinks with you, dinner with you, we will even FaceTime your mom! ⁣ ⁣ Dinner will be at Bricia’s restaurant @laGuelaguetza on July 9 at 5p⁣. ⁣ Tag your friends. Let’s come together. We cannot continue seeing our black and brown children hurting and do nothing. ⁣ ⁣ Tickets are very limited and are $150, remember every penny will go to the organizations. ⁣ ⁣ You can purchase now by clicking link on my profile. ⁣ ⁣ And even if you can’t make it, I hope this inspires you to give what you can to the organizations mentioned above.

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“I called my girlfriend Bricia Lopez to do a dinner and use our platform to get people inspired. Within hours we had set up a website, it was $150 a ticket, and in less than 12 hours we had sold out. 100 percent of the proceeds go to RAICES,” she said.

RAICES is a non-profit legal services organization in Texas. They made national news when the migrant crisis started directly targeting children at the southern border. They offer legal aid to the migrants as they cross into the U.S. to guarantee the best outcome for their cases.

Rodriguez used the momentum from selling out her charity dinner in less than a day to push to do more.

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“I saw a photo of a little girl, Afro-Latina, with foil blanket [strings] to tie her hair—things we take for granted. I got fired up and decided to put it [buying shoes] on Instagram Stories and show the receipts through the process,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez started posting on her Instagram Stories about buying shoes and asking her followers to help at 9 p.m. Friday night. By Saturday morning, her Venmo account had reached $7,000 with donations.


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Sunday saw another outpouring of donations and her account hit $8,000. By Monday morning, $9,000 had been raised to help the children at the detention centers.

In total, Rodriguez estimates she was able to buy 50 pairs of high-quality shoes for every $1,000 raised. With $9,000, Rodriguez said she estimates Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande will be receiving close to 400 pairs of shoes.

Sizes ranging from toddler sizes to sizes for 15 to 16-year-olds will be shipped out and arriving as soon as this week.

“As a mother of two kids, I can’t sit down and do nothing. I spent Saturday on Zappos figuring out what’s the fastest way to get it done,” Rodriguez said.

No matter how small the action—or donation—Rodriguez sees it contributing to the good of the cause. Although some donors were writing to her that they didn’t think their $1 or $5 donation would do much but they wanted to help, she encouraged them by continuing to post on her stories that every dollar was helping a child get a new pair of much-needed shoes. 

Rodriguez calls it being the “granito de arena in a situation.” 

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Tiny but mighty changes can make a big difference. When asked if a call for donations will happen again, Rodriguez said she is open to the opportunity.

“It’s spur-of-the-moment—that’s how I operate. I would like to think it’s something I can continue doing. Perhaps more streamlined—helping more shelters,” she said.

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Rodriguez said she is aware that as much as shelters are in need of basic necessities, they also don’t have enough hands. She continues to wonder what shelters may be in most need of besides shoes, and if it’s better to send money to the shelter or if sending over boxes of items is better.

“I haven’t thought that far,” Rodriguez said. “I want to continue helping because this situation won’t have a solution anytime soon. We have to continue advocating and continue collaborating as a community.”

While she said there’s not much we can do right now besides calling Congress, she still wants to encourage others to galvanize awareness.

“What we can do as a community is mobilizing to donate and help shelters where kids are being held,” she said.

Rodriguez said she hopes this inspires others to start their own donation drives within their own community, work, and a group of friends. When one granitode arena joins with another, it can be a sandstorm of change.

READ: All Of The Migrant Children That Have Been Killed At The U.S. Border

This Mom Hosted A “Job Fair” For Her Kids When They Asked For More Allowance And All Latinx Kids Can Relate

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This Mom Hosted A “Job Fair” For Her Kids When They Asked For More Allowance And All Latinx Kids Can Relate

Growing up, I’m sure you all remember going up to your dad, tios, or abuelito asking for your “domingo” (aka your weekly allowance). Or you probably remember doing all these favors and chores for your mom, expecting a little something-something in return. But what might haunt us most of all is when we asked our parents for a raise in our weekly allowance.

 I mean, the older we became, the more money we needed and the older we became, the more we realized that nothing in life is free (dun, dun, dun). 

But times have changed and new generations of parents are getting a little more creative with how they talk to their children about money and how they teach them about financial literacy at a young age.

Our generation might be judged for spending too much money on avocado toast and iced coffee but we still know the value of a dollar and the hard work that goes into it, so we’re here for teaching younger generations those same lessons — in more constructive ways, of course. Because if you remember correctly, our Latinx mom’s would either take out the chancla or give us a whole speech about “you think money grows from tees?” whenever we’d try to ask for a little more money (if any, since a lot of us might not have had that privilege). 

Anyway, back to the point… one mom’s Facebook post went viral after she shared that she hosted a makeshift job fair for her children after they kept asking for a higher allowance.

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“My children continue to ask for a new cell phone, an allowance, and to go places,” the mother, Shaketha Marion McGregor wrote in her Facebook post. “Yesterday I told them that I’ve heard their requests and that I’ll have a surprise for them today when they get home from school. SURPRISE!!! It’s a whole hiring event. If you want it, work for it, earn it!”

And yes, she even had an in-home credit union (wait, what even is that? These kids are about to be ready for when #adulting hits them).

McGregor’s Facebook post has already gotten over 212K likes, 35K comments, and over 130K shared on the social media platform.

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People on Facebook were quick to flood her comments with positive messaging applauding the mother for teaching her kids about responsibility and the value of the dollar. Many were even taking notes, tagging other friends, suggesting they do this with their own kids, nieces, or nephews. 

McGregor went all out with the job fair for her kids. She had a listing of all the open jobs available with descriptions of duties and job responsibilities.

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The mother was hiring a Kitchen Manager, Lead Housekeeper, and Laundry Supervisor. To apply, her kids had to fill out an application and turn it into her immediately. Salary, the job posting said, would be discussed during the interview. We hope her kids negotiated salary because kids out here need the latest iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. 

Buzzfeed who first reported this story reached out to McGregor to speak with her about her Facebook post. 

She told the publication that when her kids entered her house and saw the job fair, they  said “this is not what we asked for.”

Still, she told them that if they wanted the things they were asking for then they had to learn to be responsible with money. “To my surprise, they brought me the applications one by one,” McGregor told Buzzfeed. 

Here’s what the applications looked like:

(Photo by Shaketha Marion McGregor)

We wish job applications were this easy in the real world. 

As aforementioned, McGregor even set up an in-home credit union to help her kids build their credit.

(Photo by Shaketha Marion McGregor)

To be honest, we also wish some of our parents would have taught us the importance of building your credit from a young age. We can’t help but wonder if McGregor will open up this job fair to the public? Because we’re interested… 

More people on Facebook shared their thoughts about McGregor’s job fair in the comments sections and some even shared their own version of her job fair.

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One user shared that their oldest child worked for them “under the table” when he was 12 and then they made him do “taxes.” Woah, this is next level. Again, why didn’t anyone teach us how to do taxes at age 12?

Another woman comment that McGregor was her “hero” and a huge inspiration. (Photo credit: Facebook/Shaketha Marion McGregor)

She said she was even planning a job fair at her house! It’s about to become a movement. 

All in all, according to Buzzfeed, McGregor put it simply that she just wants her kids to be proud of the work they do, “no matter what the position may be.” 

We’re sure they will be, and now they’ll learn the value of a dollar and the hard work that goes into earning your own money. 

Check Out These Hilarious Punishments Our Fierce Readers Shared From Their Childhoods

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Check Out These Hilarious Punishments Our Fierce Readers Shared From Their Childhoods

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When we look back on our childhoods, we had lots of great times. Hanging out with our primos, being spoiled by our abuelas, watching Saturday morning cartoons and dancing our hearts out at quinces are just a few of our favorite memories from growing up. However, it wasn’t always fun and games. We’d be irresponsible if we didn’t give credit to some of the hilarious ways our parents kept us in line as well. At the time, some threats were straight-up horrifying but now they’re pretty funny. Who knows, maybe we’ll even use some of these lines on our own kids one day. 

With these strange and funny punishments in mind, we asked our FIERCE readers what sort of weird warnings their parents issued to them while growing up and we can’t stop laughing over these responses. Here are some of the funniest:

1. Hug it out.

Instagram / @mixedmombrownbabies

“My dad would force my brother and i to hug each other standing in a corner when we got into a fight. We would squeeze each other tryna hurt each other 😂😂😂” @waitingmoon

2. Pack your bags and go. 

Instagram / @nextra.gifts.mtpleasant 

“‘Te voy a mandar pa Mexico con tu tía’” @larrita415_ 

3. The threat of el Cucuy.

Instagram / @wearemitu

“When I wouldn’t sleep my mom would say, “If you open your eyes, the Cucuy will come to get you!” 😯 It would scare me to death. Pinche cucuy!” — @hellengav74

4. A long visit with abuelita doesn’t seem so bad. 

Instagram / @skeddadle181

“My mom would threaten with sending us to Peru. Honestly, looking back, I should have taken her up on it because my Abuelita would have spoiled me rotten 🤣” @mamabean_d

5. The hand-holding technique. 

Instagram / @luciclementine

“When my brother and I would argue in the grocery store, my dad would make us hold hands until we left the store.” — @withlove_mandee

6. Don’t make us pull this car over! 

Instagram / @mommydearestinc

“My mother would threaten to stop the car on the freeway and throw us out if we didn’t stop fighting.” — @lamoodyreina

7. A weird and gross punishment that a lot of readers have in common.   

Instagram / @tablemannerstx

“My dad would say he was gonna make us lick salt off each other’s backs. We were so grossed out we would check ourselves realllll quick.” — @mividaencolor

8. The underwear warning. 

Instagram / @wickedpatterns

“My mom would threatened to tie us in underwear back to back in the balcony 😂”  — @danielyspineda

9. #TheLook 

Instagram / @candyskloset

“My mom never threatened. She just gave a look and said, “Want to go to the bathroom?” Which meant a spanking lol.” — @victorria_p

10. Hold your tongue. 

Instagram / @kid_spanglish

“‘Se te hace palo la lengua’ was a threat if you even thought about backtalking.” — @killahcarm

11. Cut off from technology.

Instagram / @theradstylist 

“My parents would threaten to take the phones and internet modem away when my sister and I would fight. It got so bad that they would actually take them to work with them so we wouldn’t sneak on the internet or call our friends lol.” @teoami

12. This rice threat sounds painful af. 

Instagram / @zahraricetraders

“Threatened to kneel on a pile of rice and lick salt off eachothers back 😂😂😂” — @jessicagmejia

13. What’s with all the licking??

Instagram / @mydadshoney

“My mom would threaten to put honey on my and @pgon805 back and make us lick it off each other” @wildcardb_tches

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