Sep 09

Come On In I’ve Got You Covered

Fridays are usually long days at Butterfly Wings but today was especially long. I had helped almost ten clients in four hours and had just one left to go. My final client of the day didn’t get around very well so I was standing in the door of the church where we are located so that he would not have to wait for me to answer the bell. It was raining like crazy out when a young man wearing a backpack looking like a college student from the university nearby walked up the ramp to me and said “Do you have any diapers in there? I heard you had diapers?”

My heart immediately broke for him. Yes I had diapers I told him. “Come on in out of the rain I’ve got you covered.”  We waited for my other client before going into the basement where our offices are located. He told me that he had been working construction but that a coworker had fed some lies to the boss about him and he wasn’t getting called for many jobs anymore. He and his girlfriend had two kids under the age of two both in diapers. He hadn’t applied for food stamps yet because he had been scraping by on the construction money.

Once we were in the office I explained to him how to apply for food stamps and reassured him, that from what I knew, that with the income he was getting by on, he would likely qualify. When we went into the storeroom to fill a bag for him of the products we supply he was overwhelmed. I was able to give him enough diapers to last him about a week; and cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items to last about a month. It truly broke my heart that I could not give him enough diapers for a month but we have so many families in need of diapers that we have to ration the amount that we give out.

While I filled his bag I also filled a smaller bag for my client upstairs who was unable to get down the stairs into the basement. The young man joyfully took both bags upstairs and reassured me that he would help my other client get his bag safely to his car. He left with a smile on his face and wishing me multiple God Bless Yous.

So when someone asks me if I get paid to do what I do I say yes, not in cash, but in blessings, because each client today left with a smile on their face, warmth in their heart, and a hug for me. Thanking me not so much for what I had put in their bag or box but for what I had been able to put in their heart. Love, kindness, and dignity go a long way at Butterfly Wings.

 

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    • tmatospost on September 10, 2017 at 6:18 am
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    You are doing meaningful work. Thank you for sharing this story. I pray for the young man and his family and all those who are struggling just to get by. Love you.

    • Donna Titus on September 10, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    You are very caring and I am sure that there are many that think the same way,

    • aztec506 on September 10, 2017 at 11:12 am
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    Where’s the “Love” button when you need one.

  1. Thank you Teresita, Donna, and David! Your support means the world to me. Please share so that others will know about the work that Butterfly Wings does.

    • Vonnie on September 10, 2017 at 8:57 pm
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    Christina:::you are helping so many in beautiful ways…I am certain the people that you serve leave…knowing there is hope in this world…I am PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND!!

  2. This is so nice. It makes me want to help out more! You will do wonderful things for people in need. It warms my heart.

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