Friday, January 15, 2010

Do what you can

Today at Molly's house, we discussed the tragedy in Haiti. Impulsive and sad, I contemplated adopting Haitian orphans. Not really a plan of immediate assistance considering I would have to find an agency, do a home study, get accepted and pay 20,000. Perhaps a goal to work towards...

Anyway, Molly had a much more realistic plan. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is requesting assistance assembling emergency hygiene kits. Molly suggested that we request donations from our friends and neighbors and send the kits to IOCC. So, Molly, dear friend Kris, and I constructed the following email. We sent it to our local paper, our parishes, email tree and as many facebook friends we could think of in Northwest Indiana. I gotta say, planning has it's place, but actually doing something really feels great!


We are gathering much needed supplies for relief efforts in Haiti.The IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) organization is asking for assistance in assembling desperately needed emergency hygiene kits. We (Paige, Kris, and I) will assemble these kits on SATURDAY, JANUARY the 23rd. We need your help!! Please review the following list and consider picking up, while your at the store, a few of these essential items. You can drop them off at my house (see address below) anytime before Saturday! If you have any questions, let me know!

Items needed:

hand towels
metal nail file or nail clippers
bars of soap (bath size, new and wrapped in original packaging)
toothbrushes (NO TOOTHPASTE)
one gallon zip lock bags
monetary donation towards shipping costs

Thank you sweet Molly for helping me live today. Thank you, Kris, for your ever present desire to help and serve - it's contageous!

Click HERE to find out more about IOCC's haitian relief efforts.


Beth said...

Yay for you all!

paige maddex said...

Tell Jared that it was his birthday wish that has inspired me to think more concretely about things I can do to help...

Really, you both are such wonderful examples of love and service!