On August 25th, at a shooting range in Arizona, instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally shot and killed by a young girl operating an Uzi. The girl’s mother caught the shooting on her cell phone as she was recording her daughter at the time. Vacca’s four children have penned a letter to the girl and it includes thoughts like this:
“We think about you. We are worried about you. We pray for you, and we wish you peace. Our dad would want the same thing.”
Imagine both sides of this story. The children on will live with it for the rest of their lives. I’m curious about the idea that kids as young as nine are allowed to shoot an automatic weapon at a range but, the sentiments of the victim’s kids are what should shine at this moment. How many of us could say or do the same if we had lost a loved one?
I’ve said before that children are the future of this country and, when I read this, I believe it just may be true. You can find the story here.
Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center
Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center is located across from the Reading Main Library on 5th Street in the city of Reading. I met with the director, Sherry Camelleri, on a hot summer afternoon in late July. Mercy opened in 1990. It offers parental education courses, pregnancy tests, information on adoption and medical services, liquid formula, shoes, and clothing for children. The staff consists of Camelleri, her assistant, and a crew of volunteers. They receive no funding from the government and every item of supplies is donated.
When we toured the clothing room, most of the bins and racks had a good selection of various sizes. One bin stood empty and waiting for new donations of socks.
“Winter coats are gold here,” she told me, “we had a family of four sending only one child to school each day in the winter because they had one coat to pass around. The three other kids stayed home.”
Mercy serves wide range of ages, from teenagers dealing with pregnancy to those later on in life. The doors are also open to men facing unplanned pregnancies who have the desire to better themselves as fathers. Camelleri’s passion is to meet people where they are, earn their trust, and make their lives better.
Her drive is for the children and, if your are looking to support a valuable outreach, please consider donating here. You can check the main page of Mercy’s website for available services, hours, and contact information.
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