INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Donita Royal's son was shot and killed three years ago. It's been weighing on her heart to help other mothers in the same situation, so six months ago she started Mothers Against Violence Healing Ministry.
"The mother’s living have to deal with the pain and it’s a horrible pain," said Donita Royal. "It’s an unbearable pain that is hard to explain."
She and the other mothers show up at many of the city's crime scenes to make contact with the mother of the victim. The homicide numbers continue to climb this year and the women left behind need support.
Royal and the other group members go to the funerals and personally give the mother flowers and a card. In the following days and weeks, they take meals to the mother's home and talk with her, trying to help her in the healing process.
"We want to keep them uplifted and let them know that they can live life with their pain."
Right now there are about a dozen members of Mothers Against Violence Healing Ministry and the group is getting good feedback.
"It works, it really works," said Royal. "Mothers come out and start going to events and being involved in the community and going to vigils and balloon releases and they feel good about themselves. The crying spells kind of cease. Then you put the spiritual with that and I mean, it's awesome. Mothers Against Violence Healing Ministry works."
"Even for me, it helps me to continue healing and know I can live with the pain."
"I need more mothers that have the passion to help other mothers. We need to just reach out because they are out there needing help. I’m getting calls. They are out there."
If you want to be a part of Mothers Against Violence Healing Ministry or want support from the group, call 317-400-5511.
"The mission is to go out and help grieving families and mothers of all walks of life in their time of need. Our goal is not just one community, it’s all communities from the west side, east side, south side, north side. We go all over and deal with all walks of life."