In a world often filled with bad news and helplessness, there are individuals who refuse to sit idly by and instead choose to be the change they wish to see. Erica London, a compassionate and determined woman, is one such individual. Her recent endeavor, a heartwarming baby shower for homeless pregnant women, serves as a testament to the power of empathy and community support.
London has always been known as someone who can be counted on in times of need. When she heard about the plight of pregnant women forced to sleep on the streets, it struck a chord deep within her. Instead of just lamenting the situation, Erica decided to take action. “I wanted to be the change,” she says. “I couldn’t bear the thought of these expecting mothers suffering, so I immediately started brainstorming ways to bring a smile to their faces.”
With the assistance of Reverend Alexa Gilmour, London managed to connect with six expectant mothers initially. However, word quickly spread, and the numbers grew to an astounding 24 mothers who agreed to participate in the baby shower. By September 9th, two of the women had already given birth, and Erica’s team was fortunate enough to meet one of the newborns.
Erica’s biggest concern was how the mothers would react to her gesture, especially since she had never met any of them before. Their reactions, however, surpassed her. The women entered the room with gasps of surprise and whispers of disbelief. Some even asked, “Is this all for me?”
Erica paid meticulous attention to every detail, ensuring that the food catered to their diverse backgrounds. The menu featured dishes from various African countries, and one mother exclaimed, “My God, this feels like home!” The emotional climax came when a group of mothers shed tears of gratitude, thanking her for making their dreams a reality.
Remarkably, this baby shower was the first of its kind for these homeless women. No one had ever thrown such a celebration for them before, making Erica’s initiative all the more exceptional.
Erica’s ability to make this event a success was largely due to the generosity of her community. The Black Queens of Durham Region, a Facebook group, played a significant role by donating gifts and services. Donations poured in, including knitted blankets and hats, diapers, bassinets, strollers, wipes, clothing, and much more.
When asked if these women still needed help, Erica’s answer was unequivocal: “Yes.” With no steady support system in place, these mothers require continuous emotional and physical support. London emphasizes the importance of self-care and empathy for others, saying, “I am my sister’s keeper, and that’s a vow I have taken.”
London’s initiative also drew support from an army of volunteers. Over 45 individuals, including members of the Black Queens of Durham Region and community members, dedicated their time to drive the mothers to and from the event and assist with the cleanup.
The baby shower did more than provide gifts; it forged lasting bonds between Erica and the mothers. She now has all their phone numbers and intends to stay connected with them. London’s company, Colour Their World, aims to continue its outreach in the community, which will undoubtedly put her in a better position to help these women and others in need.
London’s passion for writing also opens up exciting possibilities. While she hadn’t considered it before, she now contemplates writing a book based on this remarkable experience. As a writer, her mission remains clear: to create children’s literature that gives them a voice.
London’s baby shower initiative serves as a shining example of how one person’s compassion, coupled with the support of a caring community, can bring hope and joy to those in need. As she continues her journey of making a difference, her story reminds us all of the transformative power of empathy and the importance of being our brother’s and sister’s keeper.