She Did It!
By Mark Hay
Having the pleasure of being raised with 2 sisters, I have used the line, “She did it!” more than once. Usually to assist mom or dad in finding the real villain. This time, I’m using it for a whole new reason, to describe what someone did yesterday that maybe I couldn’t have done. Someone who decided to become a little girl’s hero.
I got a phone call mid-morning. “Mark, I need your help.” “We got an emergency placement last night.” I made plans to meet her at Sammy’s Window as quick as we could both get there. She shared with me some of the facts. This would not be a permanent placement. Young girl 3 or 4 years old. No clothing that fit, no supplies, no voucher for clothing. She only came with on thing, head lice, lots and lots of seasoned, veteran, shampoo resistant, head lice. The type that drink the medicine when applied and burp it back in your face. She had not had much experience with these creepy bugs. However the little girl told her what to do. If you have ever been involved with them, there is so much to do and consider. So much washing of hair, clothing, sheets, pillowcases, towels, furniture, etc. Where has the child sat? What have they put their head on or near? How close do you let yourself get to them?
A child that age needs to be hugged. They need to sit with you and read a book. They need a lot of close to you time. But you’ve got to ask yourself, “Is it worth the risk.” Would you risk “Super Bugs” jumping on you? I don’t know that I could do it.
All I can say is, “SHE DID IT!”
Say a big prayer for them won’t you. I am! Mark
Note from George: Would you or your group be in a position to assist Sammy’s Window? Sammy’s Window is a not-for-profit organization, whose special purpose is to help foster children enter the foster system with some sense of dignity, and assist foster parents with the transition. Mark, the founder and director, is also a member of Friends of the Garden and a FOG volunteer.
For more information on how you can help, contact:
Mark Hay, Director Sammy’s Window
Tel: 417.849.7941 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 3757 N. Glenstone (call before dropping by) Springfield, MO 65803
Sammy’s Window does have a group Facebook page, click here: http://www.facebook.com/friendsofthegarden#!/groups/53740542338/