It’s mid afternoon – the quiet lull at the bus station. Almost all the other families have left and the ones who are left are trying to settle down for a nap. It’s the time of day when the volunteers try to catch their breath and enjoy the relative quiet and calm.
It’s also a great time to break out a special item for a child who’s got a long wait ahead. We don’t always have enough of all the special items to go around so sometimes you save them up until there’s just a child or two left. Today there are two children and by chance 2 Puente Pals, soft cloth pillow dolls, in the IWC closet.
The volunteer brings out two dolls – one a charcoal grey with a tie-dye shirt and the other a floral doll with a colorful crochet scarf. The little girl’s eyes light up when she sees the one with the scarf and bright blue eyes. A wide smile breaks across her face. They dance together. “Mami, mami” – she shows her off to her mother. Later she’ll use her as a pillow while she catches a nap stretched out on the hard metal benches of the bus station.
A few pieces of cloth – a new friend for the journey – a moment of joy. This is the work of our community of care, welcome, and kindness.
Katie Myers serves on the Board of Directors and is Currently the Bus Station Coordinator.
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