I was really shook up today when two kids ages 5 and 6 came to the rec center in Hillside court during our gathering looking for a free lunch…no mom…no older sibling. Unfortunately, they missed the free lunch by 10 minutes and I had no food. I had to watch them head off into one of the most violent neighborhoods in Richmond hungry and alone. I am still troubled by the image of them turning the corner and me loosing sight of them.I thought about loading them up and taking them to McDonalds but thankfully realized that snatching kids up off the street was not such a good idea.
So what would you have done? What do I do with that haunting image?
One thing I know is that I am going to stash some snacks in my car…that is the least I can do. I thought about following them home but I have to admit that I am not comfortable walking alone in Hillside court. Other suggestions?
Sad thing is that this is a common occurrence and it did not even phase my resident teammates. Last summer we saw the same four boys ranging in age from 2 to 5 in the streets every day all day and never saw a parent. I hope I never look at babies wandering alone in the streets of any community and say “That’s normal” but I have to admit that it is all to common. Please pray for these children and for their parents where ever they may be.