My name is Richie.
I used to be out running around and living in the street.
We didn’t have any food to eat.
And then my mom left me.
I was brought here.
The children here have been abandoned by their parents.
Some of these kids come from living on the street.
Some of these kids have been abused in every way.
I come from a world of suffering as well, I came from the street and I know what it’s like.
My wife and I dreamed of helping the children that were in the streets, abused, destitute.
We are a family here, not an orphanage.
We are simply here to help these children.
My wife and I have had days where we have had to leave to find food for these children.
There are many mouths to feed breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. It is difficult.
I ask God every day to help us find our daily bread for these children.
I have used the same clothes for a long time.
I don’t remember the last time we had new clothes.
We came and saw that the children had a great need.
We contacted Food for the Poor and they contacted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They came here and saw that there was a need and responded to our request for help.
We are representatives of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
We’ve been called as humanitarian missionaries to serve the people of the Dominican Republic.
We look for organizations that are helping people.
This morning we are very happy, very touched because we have received a donation of some boxes of toys, clothes, and so many things that the children really need.
I have always wanted a ball.
When the boxes came up,
I saw the ball that I wanted.
They put air in it for me and they gave it to me.
It feels really great to get some new clothes.
I feel very grateful for this important help that they have given me.
The purpose of working together with different churches, regardless of race, color, or religion,
Is to help the neediest because that is the labor that Jesus Christ wants, that we work together for those who need it the most.
Inside of these children is a great spirit.
All they need is a little help.
We are trying to help them become good men and women for tomorrow.
So, hopefully, they will make a better world for us to live in.