Sunday I took up the cause posted by my friend Fr. Finigan about swiftly gathering money and necessary things for a young woman in a “crisis pregnancy”. My post was here. I got on board because I know Fr. Finigan so well and I trust his judgment about what to support.
I have to say, WDTPRSers made me proud.
I pass this along from the person who was coordinating the effort to help the young woman. Edited and with my emphases:
Here is a little bit of info – you might want to share an update with the bloggers.
I must tell you that this young woman has been one of the most challenging situations I have ever dealt with! It is the most complicated, messy and difficult family situation.
The young girl was initially told by her family very directly that she had to have an abortion or she could not come home. Her mother rang up and booked the abortion for her.
Since then it has been an emotionally exhausting, continuous soap opera of months of trying to make things work for this girl. She has had a very tough time and through it despite the fact that everyone around her was against her she has shown tremendous courage and determination that she wanted to keep her baby.
But because her entire family was shunned she has been completely alone, financially the situation was impossible and no-one was on hand to come round and donate a spare pram or anything.
So on saturday she rang me and told me the baby was due in 5 days and she had absolutely nothing for when the baby arrived.
Due to the generosity of your bloggers and a few other benefactors who donated prams, cots etc we were able to kit her out with absolutely everything she needs for when the baby arrives (she is due tomorrow!) [OORAH!]
We had a thoroughly exhausting day- It took us all day and quite a few car trips to unload and reload to get everything in and I was worried that the young girl was going to go into labour in the middle of the baby shop because she was carrying two jumbo packs of nappies! At the end of the day her mother (grandmother of the baby) popped round – she has only just really accepted the idea that she has a grandchild but what was amazing was she was just so moved she just couldn’t stop hugging me. She kept saying “your heaven sent” (and this woman was a muslim!) It was an incredibly moving experience for them because everyone else has completely rejected them and they just couldn’t believe that people were this generous. [OORAH!] The young expectant mother walked me to the front door at the end and she turned to me and she said “you’ve made it possible for me to have my baby. Everyone told me it was impossible. But you’ve made it possible- it’s all thanks to you that I can keep my baby” Well I hugged her and quickly turned round as I began to cry.
This young lady has faced what seemed like an impossible situation on every level – Homeless, alone, rejected by everyone she loved, violence, financially unable to even support herself and no practical way forward. But the bloggers made it possible - because once you pave out a practical way forward ….once you put all the jigsaw pieces together and show them a lot of love….then it becomes not just possible but more than that….it’s actually quite incredible.
I must finish by telling you that I was losing a little bit of hope with this girl last week because I was just exhausted of all the family antics and I had to have some little words with Our Lady of Guadeloupe and entrust it to her. Well she responded on her kinda feast day which wasn’t a feast day because it was a sunday by absolutely blowing me away with some incredible people who were willing to reach into their pockets and do something very incredible.
Can’t tell you how moved I am with the generosity of your bloggers.
Your bloggers have made this baby’s first christmas an incredible one.
There it is, friends.