I visit with many families from our area, but this week there was one that left a lasting mark on my heart.
The other day I met Maria, an older widow who had recently moved in to the neighborhood behind the Mission with her eight children, two grandchildren and her older daughter who was pregnant with her third little one.
The tiny hovel they called “home” was in terrible condition – old wooden floor, adobe walls, minimal ventilation and a rusted metal roof with numerous holes which made it impossible to find a dry spot whenever it rains. There was no food in the house – none at all.
My heart broke as she spoke. She said …
My burden is too large!
“If I only had one child, I could go to my neighbors and beg for a little bit of food. But how could I ask my neighbors, who are also poor, to help me with so many children. I can only turn to God.”
I explained to her that the Gospel Mission is right down the street and anytime she needed a hot meal she could bring the family down for lunch or a food basket. We also helped her fill out a SNAP (food stamp) application which would help her with her monthly food allowance.
In a land of abundance, situations like these are sad. We need to do more to educate and inform those truly in need about how they can receive help and we need the food on hand to feed them.
Hunger during the Holidays hurts.
You can help bring relief and solace to Maria and other women and their children like her in the Silver City area whose burdens are overwhelming.
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