Naughty or nice, some Houston children may not receive toys from local charities this Christmas unless one family member is a U.S. resident.
Several local charities have decided to check the immigration status of children looking to receive toys for Chirstmas. One such organization is Outreach Program, Inc., who provides toys collected by Houston Firefighters. This local charity is asking recipients to show proof of citizenship with a Social Security card or other documentation showing immigration status.
The Salvation Army was also asking for Social Security cards but has since posted on its website that they are discontinuing the practice for its Angel Tree Program.
Other organizations, while not checking immigration status, do require proof of income and identification.
Other organizations distributing toys in the Houston area include Catholic Charities, The Hispanic Firefighters Caucus, and West Houston Assistance Ministries.
Being held on Saturday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, one of Houston's largest toy distributions is sponsored by Navidad in el Barrio.