Unknown Impacts by Karen
|Pedro is the man with the tan hat and white t-shirt |
sitting next to Michael.
A few days later we bought a huge bag of dog food so he could use the money he gets from begging to fill his own stomach and not just the tummies of his four-legged friends. When asked why he puts the needs of his dogs ahead of himself, he said that his dogs are one of the only real sources of joy in his life. He'd rather listen to his own stomach rumbling than to his dogs whimpering because of hunger. It was really sad.
While we were at Pedro's house we talked about what we could do to help. We all agreed that it was best to start by cleaning up the junk in the yard. After that, he humbly asked if we could help clean the inside of the house and maybe even repair the infrastructure so that he could get water and electricity hooked up. He seemed both excited and grateful when we arranged to begin the work the following day. As we departed he expressed his gratitude and explained that it's been really hard to get motivated to do all this work by himself. I'm not sure why, but since Hurricane Maria, Pedro hasn't been able to find stable employment. He gets some work here and there, but it's hardly enough to sustain him. All of his family members relocated to the United States after the hurricane and refuse to provide any assistance. These last four years have been really difficult, to say the least.
|Here is a "before" shot of Pedro's front yard.|
When I asked Anna to look up from what she was doing so that I could snap a photo, she glanced my way with the most authentic smile. I thank God for the gift of charity that He has bestowed on our children. They love helping others, even when that means pouring sweat as we bag up other people's garbage beneath the scorching hot sun.
|We filled 15 huge, construction-grade garbage bags with junk from Pedro's yard.|
|Here's an "after" shot of Pedro's front yard.|
|Here's another "after" shot.|
Anna was SOOO glad to be done!
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