When Monica Salinas was delivering food for an at-risk baby in Nampa, she decided to say a prayer that was captured on the family’s RING doorbell camera.
Derek and Raquel Pearson and their eight-month-old baby, Lucas live in Nampa, and have made all the efforts to stay safe at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They were cautious because eight-month-old Lucas has a heart condition and has difficulty eating.
Derek Pearson said their doctors told them to be careful as Lucas is more prone to respiratory distress if he contracts the virus.
“He needs special thickeners to be able to eat, otherwise he aspirates his milk, so we really depend on getting all of these supplies online so we don’t have to go out to the store and bring a virus home,” Lucas’ mom Raquel Pearson said. “We just want to minimize exposure to coronavirus.”
The Pearsons say they don’t appreciate those people in the community who aren’t taking COVID-19 seriously and don’t realize some families are at higher risk. They say they appreciate those who are wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
“I just wish they understood how scared we are as parents, and how scared other people are,” Raquel Pearson said. “We really depend on them doing their part as well.”
Some few weeks ago, Raquel Pearson was waiting on an important package that contained feeding supplies for Lucas, and while waiting, she noticed something special about her Amazon delivery driver on her RING doorbell camera.
“I noticed that she was standing there, and I didn’t really realize what she was doing until I saw her doing the sign of the cross. I was like ‘Oh my gosh, she was praying’,” Raquel Pearson said in awe. “So, I kind of choked up a bit. It’s been really hard to get through this, so I’m really touched that a stranger would take time out of her day to wish our son well like that.”
Raquel Pearson immediately went and told her husband about the prayer and he too said he was overwhelmed with emotion.
“She had let me know that the delivery driver was doing a prayer for Lucas,” Derek Pearson said. “We have a sign on the door letting the delivery drivers know we have a high risk child, and we thank them for putting themselves out there in the mix every day. It just meant a lot that she took that time out of her busy day to pray, and send positive vibes to Lucas and our family. I was really touched by it.”
They posted the video on a local COVID-19 Facebook group. “Then people recognized her, and then she reached out to us after she saw the post,” Raquel Pearson said.
Watch: Amazon Delivery Driver Prays For High-Risk Baby
That driver was Monica Salinas of Nampa and she was completely blown away by the reaction to the video on Facebook, Salinas said her phone just kept ringing, and text messages kept coming in.
“People just started blowing us up like crazy,” Salinas said. “They were like ‘Did you stop and pray at a house?’, and I was like yeah!”
Salinas delivers in Nampa for a company called Custom Services through Amazon. “People leave notes to thank us for going on the front line, and those are the things we appreciate,” Salinas said. “It’s nice to be appreciated.”
When the pandemic began, Salinas said she spotted a note on the front door of the Pearson’s home. “There was a note and it said their baby’s food was essential, and every time I see that note, it just touches my heart,” Salinas said. “I just stopped to do what my heart told me to do, to say a prayer for the baby and for the parents, because that’s got to be very painful for all of them to see their baby hurt and struggle. I just prayed that they can make it through another day, one day at a time.”
Salinas was touched by all the comments on Facebook, and couldn’t believe that so many people were impacted by her prayer. “That makes me happy,” said Salinas. “Happy that God can touch people like that, you know?”
The Pearsons want to say “Thank You” to Salinas. “It means a lot to our family, just genuine kindness. It’s just a breath of fresh air to see stuff like that at a time like this, when people really need to come together now more than ever,” said Lucas’ dad Derek Pearson. “It’s really powerful and we appreciate any positive energy that is sent to our family right now. So thank you so much, the gesture is really appreciated by myself and my family.”