The afternoon of March 31 was a good time to be at the vigil. When I got there, the men and one woman from St. Anne’s Men’s Fellowship were there. They were praying, so I went to the other side of the building. I kept my hand in my pocket as I prayed the rosary, so it was not too cold. It must have been very difficult for people on these cold mornings.
The lovely shift manager came over to say hello. What a fine lady, and what grit she has to stand there all afternoon. She went back to the other side, and one of the men came over to say hello. He had a wonderful story of Faith lost and found. Now he is a leader in the men’s fellowship, and he teaches the eighth grade students the importance of their relationship with the Lord. He talked about going to the March for Life and what it meant to the young people to be with so many other people their age. I told him if he had a photo from the March I would put it in the PCUC Newsletter.
A bit later the 5:00 rush people were headed for the buses. You know how that is. There were several people going into the bar next door. The big board with all the drink specials was on the sidewalk. As I stood there a young mom walked with a little boy, and she pushed a stroller with a baby. I felt bad that the boy wore no gloves, but I figured they were on the way to get on a bus. About ten minutes later, they came back toward me, and I noticed that the baby, a girl about a year old, wore no socks or shoes. By that time I was very cold, and I couldn’t fathom what I saw. They passed me quickly. It took 30 seconds or so for me to act. By that time they were into the next block. I handed my sign to a
man holding his sign at the edge of the sidewalk and took off after them.
When I caught up, they were about to cross another street. I circled in front and asked the mom if she needed shoes for her baby. She said, “I have socks.” Yes. OK. But the baby’s little feet and toes were bare. I had left my purse in the car, so I had nothing for a note. She had a phone, so I gave her my name and PCUC’s phone number and told her to call tomorrow.
She said, “Is that what you do for people?” I said yes. She asked if we had stuff for newborns. When I said yes, she said, “That’s good because I’m pregnant.” This very young mom will have three babies under 3-1/2 years old. We will do what we can to help her. I’m so glad “40 Days” was there. God is showing us that we are needed.
Thanks for listening.