Sidewalk Snippet ~ {8/19/13}

The client and two companions pulled up to the drop-off zone in front of the clinic a few minutes after 7a. Before anyone could get out of the car, I explained to them the orange vests, antis, when the clinic doors would open and parking with reassurances we would come get them when the doors opened. I explained the antis would approach their car or them and try to hand them literature or talk to them, but this was a place they could be rude and didn’t have to respond to protesters. The driver broke out in a big smile and said, “Thank you! I will just ignore them.” The companion in the backseat of the car said, “I am going to have to start escorting. You guys are such a help.”

They parked without problems. Other escorts walked them to the clinic doors when it was opened with no problems. A short time later one of the escorts who had walked with this client and two companions gave me a handful of change and two one-dollar bills. They said it was a donation for the escorts from the companion sitting in the backseat of the car. This gesture and support is so appreciated. Donations of change and one-dollar bills help us to pay parking for clients who do not have change or only have the exact amount with them that the procedure costs. Most  escorts during the week carry a supply of quarters to feed meters.

To this day’s anonymous donor, I would like to send out a big “Thank you!”

4 thoughts on “Sidewalk Snippet ~ {8/19/13}

  1. That is so awesome that the escorts do that for patients! I can easily see people who are already stressed about having a medical appointment, a possible or confirmed pregnancy, negotiating downtown Louisville before dawn and walking the gauntlet of screaming antis probably don’t even think about things like paying for parking. I grew up in a place so small I wasn’t aware people paid to park their cars until I was 18.

    • KY Born,

      We have a lot of clients who have never been to downtown Louisville and have no idea what to expect for parking. Like you, if they are from a small town, they may not have had to think about it before. There are so many things they need to remember. This is just a small thing we can do to help.

      Thanks,
      Servalbear

  2. Every once in a while we also get donations. They come from patient’s companions and family mrmbbers snd from strangers. We had one family member pay for a pregnancy test for a woman. We have also had people who have seen us escorting stop by with hot coffee on cold days and water on blistering hot days, just to say thank you. While the gifts are appreciated, the best gift is the support their acknowledgment of our efforts.

    • Josie,

      Every once in awhile we do get donations from others too. This is one time. One of the other standouts was a client who didn’t have cash to pay for parking. We gave them the money, with our usual request to make a donation to the local abortion fund when they could. They came back the next day and paid what we had given them plus an extra donation. That was nice. So far, no one has come with water or coffee, but I agree, the best gift is the smile and “Thank you for being here” we get from clients, companions and pedestrians passing by. The verbal encouragement of escorting we receive daily is frequently the boost to our spirits we need.

      Thank you,
      Servalbear

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