KILLEEN, TX — Hilary Gil was lost after retiring from physical therapy due to medical reasons, then she found Care Net of Central Texas.
“I saw that special equipment, and they said they didn’t know how to put it together,” Gil said, reminiscing on how she got involved with the nonprofit. “I was like, “That’s what I [do]. I know how to put it together. Can I help you?””
That was five years ago. Now, she spreads one core message.
“You’re valuable,” Gil said. “It doesn’t matter if you dropped out or whatever the situation is or somebody’s left you, you are valuable.”
She travels with Care Net and on Monday, they drove its diaper-filled RV and made its second stop in Killeen just a few weeks after its initial visit.
“All of us, we’re out here working, and we had several people approach us and say, “Hey, I see that your van says pregnancy testing. Can I get that done today?” And we just weren't set up. So, we came prepared today,” said Madelyn Humphries, community outreach director for Care Net.
Moms like Princess Vaughner stopped by for help, both physical and spiritual.
“I came out for prayer. Besides prayer, to get free diapers and wipes,” Vaughner said. “The fact that other people are out there to help, I love it.”
Gil also prays with parents and said it was something she wasn’t looking to do, but glad she found.
“It’s like if you really want to do something, like you've had a dream and didn't even know the extent of the dream and then you get to do it. You’re like this is right. This is where I should be," she said.
Care Net told 25 News that the Killeen community has a great need for its services and will be returning in two weeks.