Father’s Day is a joyful day. We love honoring all the outstanding dads, stepdads, and granddads in our lives in all the wonderful ways we can.
But this year feels different.
With the world’s attention trained on the families being torn apart at our borders as a matter of new government policy, we can’t help but think of how many good fathers are suffering so much right now. They’ve come here seeking legal asylum, overcoming long and dangerous journeys, escaping atrocities in their homelands, all just trying to make a better life for their kids.
Some have even been here living productive lives for decades and raising wonderful families, yet are finding themselves suddenly detained and separated from their children with threats of deportation.
These are policies being condemned by lawmakers, by civil rights advocates, by the United Nations, and by doctors including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association.
And of course, by us. Because it’s wrong.
One Small Thing
We know how big-hearted and caring and compassionate our readers have always been. So we’re hoping we can all do one good thing in the name of our own fathers and grandfathers today. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, either.
Please take a look at the list of organizations that are doing outstanding work supporting immigrant kids and families. We have laid out some great ones, and one will surely speak to you.
You can donate $5.
You can donate $500.
You can also call your congressional representatives.
You can post to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Or you can find your own way to protest this inhumane treatment of children and families — no act of kindness is too small.
We can’t think of a more beautiful gift to the great dads in our lives, than knowing what compassionate, caring, benevolent families they’ve helped to raise. That’s you.
-Liz, Kristen, + the Cool Mom Picks team.
Top photo: Ferenc Horvath via unsplash