After a Black Ohio woman was arrested for leaving her children in a motel while she worked, strangers rallied to raise more than $150,000 in support of the young mother. What are your thoughts?

Many of us “boomers” and others were latchkey kids because our parents worked and were not at home when we got out of school. Therefore, we had to let ourselves in the house and our brothers and sisters in — watching them until our parents got home. When I grew up, this was not a crime and it shouldn’t be now. We should look for ways to help parents who are struggling.

Denise Ortiz, Portsmouth, Va.
I’m glad they were able to give her the resources she needed. I can’t tell you how many people have to leave their kids alone to go to work. More resources should be offered to those who need it!

Elaine Jones, Augusta, Ga.
I was the oldest of my mom’s four children. I was 10 years old when my mom had a night job operating an elevator at a hotel from midnight to 8 a.m. I took care of my siblings. I was instructed not to open the door for anyone — including her, because she had a key. The next-door neighbors on both sides of us kept a lookout for us. I appreciate my mom to the heavens. She did a great job. The best that she could during those times. We were raised by a village of people. I am grateful.

Jovanda Darden, New York City
Beautiful! Hopefully, she can get a nice, safe place to live and afford child care.

Sylvia Campbell, Washington, D.C.
As a mother, we do what we have to do to survive, especially for our children. I’ve been there!

Compiled by Sarafina Wright

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