Prayers, donations for AnasiaPublished 2:00am Saturday, August 17, 2013
Polly Holland is on a mission, one that she said came as a surprise to her.
“I was sitting in Whataburger when I saw a copy of The Brewton Standard with a picture of Anasia Brazile on the front page, “ Holland said. “God spoke to me right there and I knew that with His help I had to do something.”
Holland attends church at New Beginnings Pentecostal Church in Berrydale, Fla., where Bro. Anthony Mitchell serves as pastor.
“I went to my pastor and told him of my calling for this little girl,” Holland said. “He agreed that this was something I needed to do.”
Anasia Brazile is an 11-year-old girl from Brewton, who was critically injured in a tragic vehicle accident on July 22, in which her cousin. Nicholas Robinson, was killed. She is in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, while her family is staying at Ronald McDonald House.
Holland said she believed that God was calling her to help the accident victim by collecting donations and prayers.
Holland lives near Jay, Fla., and she made the trip to Pensacola to Sacred Heart Hospital to carry her prayers to the bedside of the little girl, for both Anasia and her mother.
“I don’t know why God chose me, but He brought me through some really tough times of my own,” she said. “I was in a wreck in 1975 and was in a coma for two weeks in Sacred Heart. I had a stroke in 2010, was bitten by a brown recluse spider and had the flu all at the same time. God brought me through all of that and I feel like He has given me the calling to help Anasia. God knew what I had been through and I think that may be the reason I was chosen for this mission. I didn’t understand why He wanted to use me, but God has opened the door to help this family. I have never done anything like this before.”
Holland is placing large containers around the area in the hopes of getting donations for Anasia and her family.
“When she comes home, she can’t live in the trailer where the family lives now,” she said. “She will need special care and my hope is to raise enough money to be able to provide at least a couple of months rent somewhere. We need to get her in a place so that child can come home.”
Donations may be made to New Beginnings Pentecostal Church of Berrydale, 1984 Winners Circle, Cantonment, Fla. 32533. Checks should be specified for Anasia Brazile.
For more information or to offer assistance, call Polly Holland at 850-675-6779 or place donations in the containers placed around the area.