Charity makes ‘farewell bags’ for soon-to-be reunited immigrant children

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A Westchester charity is helping migrant children who were separated from their families as part of the Trump administration's recent policy.

Volunteers at Family to Family in Hastings stuffed "Farewell Bags" for the children, full of items like blankets, games and toiletries Tuesday.

The supplies will go to immigrant children at Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry to take with them when they are reunited with their parents by Thursday's reunification deadline.

MORE: News 12 gets look at facility housing migrant children separated from families

“I hope with that a memory of something positive that there were people who cared,” says Pam Koner, executive director of Family to Family.

Koner says she wanted to help children who were separated from their loved ones at the southern border, as a result of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy.

Federal agents placed nearly 3,000 children in facilities around the nation, including four in Westchester. It's unclear how many will be reunited this week.

The volunteers are sending off 144 farewell bags for unaccompanied minors at Children's Village.

A spokesperson from Abbott House in Irvington confirms all the children will be reunited with their parents by the deadline.          

Rising Ground, Children's Village and Lincoln Hall, however, directed News 12 to Health and Human Services, which states on its website that families will be reunited by July 26.

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