We are our brother’s keeper


We are our brother’s keeper
To the Editor:
As a member of the Caring Cities Committee representing the Diocese of Davenport I feel like I have to respond to the letter to the editor titled “Helping homeless youths in our city (Sept. 4).”
I appreciate the caring people who work with the Davenport School Foundation as well as others who assist homeless children in our community. I am especially grateful for loving people like the writer who took in three teens in one year and helped them graduate and become successful young men. We need more people with such a loving heart.
However we can’t close our eyes to the plight of children in other countries or children coming to our country. Many of these young people are fleeing the fear of death in their own countries and indeed some children that have been deported were killed within days of their return.
We are, after all, our brother’s keeper, as it states in the Bible: “You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as for yourself; for you, too, were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God.” —Leviticus 19:34.
For those who want to help, start the steps to become foster parents or offer to become guardians for older children. Join the Caring Cities Committee. Advocate for the children crossing the border and especially pray for the children of this world.
Loxi Hopkins

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