BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - When the gift of a small, inexpensive window air conditioner is received like you just handed someone a million dollars, it has a way of quickly putting one's own, perceived problems in perspective. Such was the case with Hand it On on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
With "feel like" temperatures exceeding 106 degrees lately, WAFB partnered with Catholic Charities of the Baton Rouge Diocese again and spent an entire day helping fill their overwhelming requests for air conditioners. We "handed it on" to David Aguillard and Carol Spruell who, in turn, "handed it on" to citizens in need of heat relief.
Our first stop was at the home of Brenda Thompson who is helping raise a granddaughter; a granddaughter only two weeks old. Summer in South Louisiana is entirely too hot for anyone, much less a two week old baby.
Brenda said "I have never had anything donated to me like this. We appreciate it very, very much!"
Then we headed just north of Baton Rouge to the small Louisiana community of Alsen and met Chandra Smith. Chandra had just moved back home to Louisiana after having lived in California for a short time. She was quickly reminded how very hot South Louisiana summers are.
The room became noticeably cooler within just minutes of the new window air unit being turned on.
"Thank you," Chandra said. "You're a blessing."
While all our Hand It On experiences move us in different ways, the one that really touched our hearts today was Ms. Nola Stewart. We hadn't even made it through her door and she was crying.
"Oh, another blessing. Thank you Lord." Ms. Stewart said. "Thank you Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
While David and Carole from Catholic Charities began installing the new air unit in the bedroom, Ms. Stewart proudly showed me her recent diploma and graduation picture. She now holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from St. John's Bible College and is a full Deaconess in the church.
There was absolutely no question in her mind where the divine intervention came from that brought Hand It On into her life. Ms. Stewart was overcome with emotions and could not hold back tears once she felt how cool her bedroom was.
"I thank you all from the bottom of my heart," Ms. Stewart cried. "Thank y'all so much. Thank you so much. God it good. It's a blessing. It's a blessing."
Talk about the Power of Prayer. I don't think there was a single dry eye among us, crew included, on the quiet drive back to the station. God is good. He is good indeed.