The homeless in Macon and Warner Robins are not motherless.
They have Mary Mama Diaz, who calls the homeless her babies. She is the founder of Angels Hosting Angels, a ministry that provides food and clothing to the homeless, and showers them with love.
She has been helping the homeless for 48 years, starting when she was 12.
They started calling me Mama many years ago, she said.
On Saturday the group held a special event, the Pre-Fourth of July Celebration for the Homeless on Broadway downtown. Donated clothes and food were available, as well as childrens toys.
Normally each Saturday, alternating between Macon and Warner Robins, the group is on the streets, taking items directly to the homeless.
Amanda Upshaw of Byron and her two daughters were volunteering at the event. They have been working with the group for about a year.
It has been as big of a blessing to my family as it has been to anyone we have blessed, she said. It has shown my children compassion and caring, and we get to sit back and watch Gods work.
She also said there are more homeless in Warner Robins than people think.
Sherrie Seal came to Macon two months ago with her husband, who suffers seizures. They live at the Salvation Army homeless shelter, and she picked up some food at the event. She is a medical assistant and is looking for a job, but with her husbands health issues they cant afford a place to live at the moment.
She became a bit emotional when talking about the help they have gotten since they came to Macon.
Im grateful and very thankful to the people out here who care about helping the homeless, she said. Mama Diaz is wonderful. We are very glad to be in Macon.
Courtney Anderson, a Middle Georgia State College student, is spokesperson for the group. She started volunteering about a year and half ago.
Its a really good experience, she said. It teaches you to look at things from a different point of view. The homeless are just like us and we shouldnt mistreat them because they are on the street.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.