ORLANDO | Catholic Charities of Central Florida held a mobile diaper drop as part of the quarterly commitment to Walking With Moms In Need. The program initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops began in September.
Leidy Rivas, director of Culture of Life for Catholic Charities, said the Dec. 11th event drew 168 families and reached 260 children. The goal of Walking With Moms In Need is to accompany pregnant and parenting women. Families received diapers, lotion, laundry detergent, blankets, and women’s hygiene products. Parishes throughout the diocese joined the efforts by sending in diapers and hand-knitting caps for newborns. The labor of love added a personal touch during a difficult season.
As recipients lined up in the Knights of Columbus Council 2112 parking lot, Missionary of Mercy, Father Anthony Aarons and Deacon Wilmar Rojas were on hand to pray and bless parents and children, while volunteers handed out cards with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a prayer. Several mothers said they felt Our Lady’s intercession. The Patroness of the Americas feast was the following day.
Andrea Amado came with her mother and three boys ages 11, 9 and 6 months old. The native Venezuelan is unemployed and said, “This is a tremendous help.” When asked what the Virgin of Guadalupe meant to her, she said tearfully, “She is my mother. I am grateful to her. Despite being a difficult year for all of us, she always works through others to lend a helping hand.”
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic, December 16, 2020