Hatteberg's People - Street Angel: Straw Hidaka

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

On Hatteberg's People, Straw Hidaka is a one woman dynamo for the homeless and for those in need. Her life could have been one bitterness and hate. That didn't happen. She's just the opposite. Her adult life has been full of love and compassion. But as a child, her life was a nightmare.

"I finally felt the knife and I reached for it and fell back on the table with my sister still crying and under it. I taunted my dad with the knife and dad was so drunk, he was angry with me because I was defying him with the knife before he got it. But I knew he would stab momma if he got it."

There were no fairy tales as Straw Hidaka was growing up. She came from a difficult background, abused, stuffed in a chest with a rat and endured pain most of us will never know.

"And it as so horrible, I could just feel the hate and abuse that went on in that house."

"Hi, this is Straw Hidaka with the Street Ministry, remember, we talked on the phone."

Today, Straw runs a street ministry, much of it taking place on South Broadway, in the many motels that serve as home to families in need. Clothing, food and toys are her calling cards.

"Every day I get up so that I know I am led in the right direction. I meet the people I am supposed to meet."

"They just need some to tell them I love you, I care, and I'm here."

Inside her home, her basement is a collection of toys, clothing and blankets waiting to find homes.

"And I'm slowly trying to fill the bins and sort and get food ready for people who really are hungry and those little kids who need food to eat."

"Dolls, dolls, dolls, you can never have too many dolls and you can ever have too many Teddy bears."

"These are my Mickey's, Minnie's, Poos and tigers too."

"There we go, this may help out for a little while."

"It's very sad, I don't know what's going to happen if more people don't bond together and help each other. I know we can do this, we are a strong country and it's not just here in Wichita, and it's not just down on South Broadway, it's all over town. 'Here' for us, but its everywhere."

"Just set it right there."

"Yes, there is such a need it is unbelievable. so people who really have a desire to get out there and help people, don't just think about it, do it, it will revive you and give you a worthwhile purpose in life. It is all worth it."

"You're Mickey, you look like Robin."

"I feel so sad in my heart, it pulls me down sometimes, I get really sad, like the little children this morning, they don't know any different, they really don't."

"I truly appreciate everything you do for me and my kids."

So, a woman whose life began with little hope, now gives hope to others.

"And I know the Lord is with me every step of my way."

After you watch the story, if you would like to donate to Straw's Street Ministry, she accepts donations of clothing, toys and food on her front porch at 2327 Rio Vista in Wichita.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you may sent it to her Church:

Atten: Street Ministries
The Country Acres Baptist Church
8810 W. 10 Street North
Wichita, KS 67212

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