by Chris Meehan
Photo: Joan Pingel
Joan Pingel sighed as she walked into the Bossier City, LA, shopping mall on a Saturday in July and saw the extremely long line. The mall was giving away backpacks loaded with school supplies, and Joan and two chaperones had brought seven Praise Academy students with them to stand in that line. It didn’t matter that they had arrived 45 minutes early. So had everyone else!
Adding to the pressure, one of the students had confided in Joan that there was no food to eat in his family’s house. “We’ll talk about that later,” Joan had told him, hoping that an answer to his needs would materialize in the meantime. Read more.