Salvation Army Won’t be Grinchy Anymore

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The grinches at Salvation Army aren’t so grinchy anymore. That is they won’t check for citizenship anymore at their toy drives. This week the Houston Chronicle reported that the Salvation Army and other charities in Houston were asking for documentation to prove citizenship before they’d give out toys.

Today, the Salvation Army and the Houston Fire Department said in a Houston Chronicle story that they won’t check children for immigration status anymore. It only took a barrage of bad publicity to get them to change their ways, but hey, at least they came around before Christmas.

Melissa del Bosque joined The Texas Observer staff in 2008. She specializes in reporting on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been published in national and international publications including TIME magazine and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. She has a master’s in public health from Texas A&M University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.