Phone Calls, Maternity Ward Gifts, Peace Rallies Help Americans Celebrate
Undated (AP) _ Americans celebrated Mother’s Day with millions of phone calls home, peace rallies in Minnesota and Nevada, free meals for the needy in San Francisco and special treatment for mothers of newborns.
American Telephone & Telegraph predicted about 46 million calls would be placed Sunday, topping the old mark of 44 million calls placed Christmas Day 1987. Actual calling figures were not available late Sunday.
About 750 people participated in a Mother’s Day protest at the nation’s nuclear testing grounds in Nevada, and 323 people, including actor Martin Sheen, were arrested on trespassing charges, authorities said.
While many families shared Mother’s Day privately, in San Francisco, over 100 mothers from the impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood dined at a Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant while fathers and other men from the community took care of their estimated 300 children.
In Minneapolis, many of the 1,000 people at the Mother’s Day March for Peace and Justice used the eighth annual event to show concern for the future of their children.
″We’ve got a world here to pass along to our children, and we’d like to impress upon people that it would be nice to have a world that’s safe for children,″ Dr. Phyllis Goldin, chairwoman of the Minneapolis chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said during Saturday’s march.
″I think part of being a responsible parent is taking responsibility for creating a world of peace and justice,″ said Mary Benrud, a 26-year-old mother of three.
A group with the same goals, the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, used a Mother’s Day Ball gathering in Boston to honor astronomer Carl Sagan and his wife, author Ann Druyan, for their efforts to reverse the nuclear arms race.
Hospitals got into the Mother’s Day spirit in Connecticut and Baltimore. Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven hired limousines to take new mothers home, while babies at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore were ″gift-wrapped″ with flowers and pink or blue ribbons before being brought to their mothers.
A baby with a new heart was the gift for an Arizona woman whose two other children died of heart ailments.
The 6-month-old child, Anthony Lopez, was discharged Sunday from Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, where he underwent the five-hour surgery on April 19, said Anita Rockwell, a hospital spokeswoman.
The mother, Liza Lopez, 22, of Glendale, Ariz., called it ″the best Mother’s Day gift she ever had,″ Ms. Rockwell said.