Last week I wrote about
the “Bottles to the Border”
campaign, initiated by Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa and the New Wave Feminists and co-organized by Abby Johnson and her ministry, And Then There Were None (ATTWN).
In two weeks, they brought together a coalition of pro-life groups from across the political spectrum who raised over $130,000 in funds and supplies for women and children detainees. Both leaders pledged to personally deliver the goods to the Catholic Charities respite center in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday, July 13, with a caravan of SUV’s and an 18-wheeler semi-truck (its use also donated) full of humanitarian aid.
This is what happened.
Herndon-De La Rosa, arriving early, wasn’t allowed in the building.
A delegation of Democrats from Congress was holding a press conference. They had put up a road block, meaning that the 18-wheeler could not get close. Herndon-De La Rosa went on Facebook live to try and alert the volunteers who were arriving for the noon unload, which had been planned and publicized for weeks.
She called Abby Johnson, who was en route, as did one of Johnson’s colleagues, who by then had managed to get in the building, and they both started with, “You won’t believe this, but…”
Apparently, the delegation was having a photo op, passing out cheap toys to the children, and making the “big” announcement that they were donating one thousand dollars to the relief effort.
This got Johnson’s blood boiling, as she recounted in a Facebook live post.
While they were arriving with things that matter: diapers, formula, water, and with volunteers raring to go in the 100-degree heat, they were being blocked. When she arrived, she walked right in and addressed the delegates:
She said, “‘Excuse me: I need your attention. We’re going to have an 18-wheeler full of supplies here in 20 minutes. If you want to actually do something for these people that doesn’t involve giving them a dollar store toy and doesn’t involve getting a photo op but actually does something for them to help then you can help us unload this 18-wheeler….’ They looked at me and said well we only have about 10 minutes because we have another press opportunity, so we could only help for 10 minutes, and I said ‘Really, 10 minutes, I drove here from Austin this morning and if you really want to do something you would put your feet on the ground and help us unload, that’s way more important than any press opportunity!’”
Johnson said they rolled their eyes and “literally walked to another area of the building” to get away from her.
Press was there for this delegation, which was led by Jackie Speier (D-CA), who, by the way, has a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record rating from Planned Parenthood. CNN had this report, but not a word about the prolifers and their massive donation. Are you surprised? Kind of dumb, really. What a great photo op it would have been, a member of Congress walking the walk and getting on that truck to help unload supplies. But reporting on that would mean acknowledging tough and compassionate pro-life women! That kind of truth is feared and must be censored.
The delegation finally departed, leaving the road block, which Herndon-De La Rosa and volunteers had to move themselves. The teams worked together so efficiently that the massive semi-truck was unloaded, items moved up to the storage floor and sorted — all in three hours. On the Facebook pages of New Wave Feminists and ATTWN you can see photos and videos of amazing people, including children — sweaty and exhausted, yet full of joy. And read Herndon-De La Rosa’s powerful testimony about why she, an agnostic, felt called to include rosaries and Spanish language prayer books with the relief supplies.
This weekend, Catholic church-goers listened to the Gospel of the Good Samaritan. How appropriate.
Our present-day priests and Levites, our elite politicians, present themselves as moral leaders while doing a quick-photo op drive-by on the other side of the road. Pro-life women and men are merciful Good Samaritans, ignored by the mainstream press, despised by the opposition, but they are the people on the ground aiding the wounded, no matter who they are or where they come from.
Maria McFadden Maffucci is the editor of the Human Life Review, www.humanlifereview.com, a quarterly journal devoted to the defense of human life, founded in 1974 by her father, James P. McFadden, Associate Publisher of National Review. She is President of the Human Life Foundation, based in midtown Manhattan, which publishes the Review and supports pregnancy resource centers. Mrs. Maffucci’s articles and editorials have appeared in the Human Life Review, First Things, National Review Online, National Review, Verily, and Crux. A Holy Cross graduate with a BA in Philosophy, she is married to Robert E. Maffucci, and the mother of three children. Her interests include exploring opportunities for individuals with special needs. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
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