Ohio teen rallying support for children of detained Corso's workers

Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 8:20 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2018 at 10:04 PM EDT
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Immigrants have help on the way from Norwalk, Ohio. (Source: WOIO)
Immigrants have help on the way from Norwalk, Ohio. (Source: WOIO)

NORWALK, OH (WOIO) - Natalia Alonso says she couldn't stop thinking about them.

"Losniñosdecorsos, children of Corsos," she said. "We want people to know who they are and what they were affected by."

Earlier this month, more than 100 workers at Corsos Flower and Garden Center in Sandusky were detained in an ICE raid.

Now, those workers are being held in detention centers, some as far as Michigan and many of them left families behind, including children.

"It's like they're mourning, somebody that they're lost but the thing is, they're not lost, they're detained and some kids don't even want to get off the couch, they don't even play," said Natalia.

So  the15-year-old decided to do something about it by raising awareness and donations.

She says those children are in need. Many are now staying with others and some of the older siblings have taken on extra jobs to provide. So for the last two weeks she's been collecting food, toiletries and paper goods to give to the families who were affected by the raid.

Using social media, she's collected thousands of items and even inspired others in the community to get on board.

"Honestly, when I started helping her, it just makes me feel better, like I'm helping people that need it," said volunteer, Sylvester Alonso.

Natalia tells me, there's been some negativity about what she's doing but says this isn't about politics.

"Tell me about that, how do you tune out all the noise," asked Cleveland 19 News reporter, Sia Nyorkor.

"Honestly, I think over time, as a teenager, you learn to block out don't pay attention to it," said Alonso.

Her energy and efforts are focused on those in need.

"Things like this affect the children. things like this it changes them, it makes them grow up faster than they should," she said.

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