Al-Quaida network in Syria, Missouri shootings of two Officers, Indiana State University campus shooting, No Troops on the Ground, oil refineries destroyed, five family members found dead in Utah home, Oregon teen accused of bringing homemade bomb to school, etc., etc., etc. are all part of one news site on a single day! We are worn out! The rapid fire tragedies are so quick that we cannot keep track. Most frustrating of all is that there is little we can do about any of it, other than talk, worry and feel helpless and depressed.
It is such a relief to leave the cell phone and computer as I walk the streets of the colonias. I meet a family whose child is dying because they cannot afford the bus tickets to the hospitals in Monterrey where their child can receive chemotherapy. The insurance pays the cost of the treatment. Their child is dying because they cannot raise $300 for bus fare. That we can easily fix! Check that off: child’s life saved. Next? A wonderful afterschool program for children ages 4 through 7 needs $1500 a month to keep open. Without the program these children go home to empty houses because their parents do not get off work for another four hours. Check that off! Next? The Vargas family is selling plates of food and organizing a raffle so that their child can have surgery, but they are not able to reach the amount needed. We provide ingredients for the meals and a few raffle prized. They now will earn enough to pay for the surgery. Check that off. We learn about an old couple in their 80’s that need help. We call the Divine Providence Nursing Home (that we help to support). Immediately the board director arranges transportation and a place for the couple at Divine Providence. Check that off.
I can’t solve many problems, but those that I can solve get solved. The people we help are doing all that they can do to solve their own problems, but sometimes a little help makes all the difference. We are not just tossing money at problems and we are not just talking about what we are ‘gonna do’. We work with the families, schools, DIF (social services), Mexican charities, managers and house parents at shelters and make things better. I can’t cure a child of cancer, but I can help the child in his or her fight. I am too dumb to even suggest a solution to the problems in the daily news. I can only try to help to give the poor a fighting chance.
Fix what I can. Do it right now.