Pulling the heart strings

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January 16th 2014
Published: June 16th 2017
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One of the neighborhood boys Heidi has semi-adopted. He's here several times a week for something to eat and a hug.
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They're not street kids. They're just kids in the neighborhood --maybe being raised by grandparents, maybe sometimes missing a meal or two, always hungry and adorably cute. Heidi, the lady we're renting a room from, feeds them, teaches them to say please and thank you, takes them shopping on their birthdays, entertains them with stories and good advice and generally shows them someone cares.

I'm moved by their stories.

"He has a rough life", she says of the little boy eating pancakes and peanut butter at her dining room table tonight. "The grandmother has NO money and yet somehow manages to feed him. Sometimes I'm just amazed how they survive," she says.

Earlier he'd walked out of here with a "sewing kit" she'd made up for him. A needle, a little thread and a tiny button. He was thrilled.

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6th February 2014

Always nice to hear there are people like that helping others.
6th February 2014

Karen such a nice pic of both of you! What a wonderful lady she does so much for children. You are having such a good time! We love seeing your pics. You are missing all the wonderful cold weather we are having in the States! Stay well &a
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7th February 2014

So true. She does good work.

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