One of the extra commitment activities that the Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans participates in is to be part of the support team for the Migrant Trail Walk led by Brother David Buer, ofm. This 70 mile, 7 day grueling, desert walk is done annually the last week of May across the Sonoran Desert from just south of the US/Mexico border north to Tucson through the Sonoran Desert. Usually, 60 - 70 people from all over the US and, some years, the world, commit to participation in this walk to physically and spiritually honor those who have traveled this way in search of a new life and to memorialize those who have died. It is a very emotional and spiritually renewing experience for the participants.
Over the years, several of our GVS Samaritans have, themselves, participated in this migrant trail walk. Their stories are very moving to hear.
The GVS Samaritans’s role in this adventure has been for 15+ years to provide the walkers with a mid-day meal on Thursday—their fifth day out — at their Thursday night camp destination. We bring sandwiches, salads, yummy sweets, and all the chips, veggies and trimmings that go with these things. And, of course, gallons of cold water and lemonade! It takes between 10-15 strong and sturdy Samaritans with trucks and vans and SUVs to pull off the actual day with coolers, ice, tables, tents, etc. It takes about the same number of Samaritans members to make all the food donations and have them properly wrapped for transport.
The day is long and hot — usually 8:30 — 4:00. But, for everyone the adventure is interesting and meaningful and much of the time just fun. - Marilyn Kern