Bel-Air Children's Home - "You are special!"
Spent all day with the 35 kids who range in age from 1-19; some handicapped. Originally we thought it was an orphanage, but no, none of the children are actually orphans; they are - which is worse, I think - abandoned or abused. Rejected by those who should love them the most, these children are starved for touch and affection. God bless their caretakers who put up with a LOT - trust me, I know. Our theme? "You are special!"
Just their Bel-Air pledge shows their pain:
As a resident of Bel-AirI want to prepare for a better future.A place with room for you and me.Where our minds can be safe and free.With goals that you may try to achieve.No matter what people may believe.I have a life to live.I can help because I am growing.I am as bright as the sun that shines.I am as strong as the wind and the rain.As rich as the deep blue sea.I can rise, I can try, I can succeed.I am going to reach to the top.And I will, because I believe in me.
These are the faces that break my heart, and haunt my thoughts. What will become of these children in a few years?
If we brought them smiles, even for a day, then we succeeded.