Katie reports on the diaper drive:
I had been worrying about the weather and the meter maids and/or police saying we were not allowed to have so much stuff on the sidewalk but God was clearly working alongside us, and not just in visible ways. Other than one escort telling us our sidewalk chalk art was graffiti, no one said we were not allowed to do what we were doing. People were friendly and supportive.
Some of the other escorts actually tried to avoid stepping on the chalk message. When one of the escorts made a donation, it was probably the most heartwarming event of the whole day. He asked what we were collecting donations for and we explained that the Pregnancy Resource Center helps mothers facing unexpected pregnancies with diapers, wipes, formula and anything else they will need during and after their pregnancy. He put a few dollars in the bottle and took a donut, and hopefully much more was happening in his and the other escorts’ hearts that we are not yet aware. (Another pro-choice woman donated money as well. At first, she walked by but then turned around. Pro-choice does mean supporting the woman who chooses to have her baby.)
There were several teenagers praying in the morning who gave us diapers and a dozen roses for the sidewalk advocates to give to women going in.
A man who was there with his girlfriend (he said for birth control, although they were there for quite a while) had a donut and coffee and we talked about other clinics that do not support abortion and about how hormonal birth control works, and he took lots of information. A girl who came out with gauze taped to her arm ate a donut and drank some coffee. I put some post abortion information by her cup and said to take it if she wanted. She thanked me but did not take it.
One man walked by later in the day with a little girl and made a comment about us trying to take away women’s rights to have an abortion, but later came back and talked to us about our kids who are about the same age and he let us give the little girl bubbles. Another person stopped (at a green light!) on the other side of the street and ran across to give us five dollars.
There were a couple girls who yelled and swore at us (one of whom came back to take pictures) but there were far more positive comments, and hopefully several more cars with pro-life bumper stickers. At the end of the day, a homeless woman asked for money and said she had not eaten in two days and we gave her about two or 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies and two bananas.
The bicycle party of 15 or so donated after (Katie) ran across the street to hand out cookies.
We’ve collected 4,750 diapers, 4,734 wipes, a ton of baby and maternity clothes, a high chair, a hobby horse, a stroller, a crib mattress, two diaper bags, some baby soap and lotion, lots of formula, and $605 plus change. A few people have said they still want to donate. Donations can be made to the Pregnancy Resource Center in the South Hills.
Thank you all for your help and tell everyone thank you for making this so successful! I am sure there are many mothers who will feel some of their worries lifted away and know how much they are loved because of everyone coming together on Saturday! I am praying maybe some girl even realized she’s not alone and missed her appointment!
Recently, Katie also set up a table at the local community college to distribute information for young women and men. Education is a key factor in reaching the hearts of women and men who think abortion is a positive choice.
One young mother, one young man, and a father made a difference for all of us on Saturday! Thank you!
And the grandmother who was home taking care of the child- behind the scenes work is heroic too!
Posting on behalf of Katie and her wonderful helpers and the participants seen and unseen!