Thursday, August 23, 2007

Crocs and Socks for AHOPE!


Hahaha - you didn't think I was done posting yet did you! Now that I have explained my passion for the children at AHOPE in this post, I wanted to introduce our blog readers out there to our fundraiser.

Basically, we will not be able to travel to Ethiopia to bring Abenezer home until December at the earliest - well, that leaves a WHOLE lot of time to kill until then! As such, we realized that it is the perfect time to begin to collect donations. There are many things not readily available in Ethiopia and mailing things there is extremely cost-prohibitive. So most adoptive families stuff their suitcases at least partially full of donations (which, on the flip side, leaves tons of room for souveniers!)

Now, many items are needed in Ethiopia - pretty much everywhere. But we wanted our main "donation" to be something that Grace would be excited to be involved in as well. So, we have decided to collect Crocs and Socks for the children of AHOPE! Ethiopia has a pretty extensive rainy season (which is why the courts are closed now and we are stuck waiting...) so Crocs are ideal because they dry out quickly and mildew free. Also, their long-lasting, anti-microbial material is great for an orphanage setting. Our goal is to collect one pair of Crocs and socks for each child at AHOPE - so about 80! That is quite a few pairs, but we are going to do our best.

Some people have donated money to our cause and we are hoping to be able to purchase the Crocs at cost, rather than retail, in order to purchase many more.

If you are at all interested in donating a pair of Crocs, or socks, or making a monetary donation to the cause, please let me know! Additionally, we hope to fill in the cracks of our luggage with various medical supplies - first aid ointment, band-aids, cold medicine, etc.

Wish us luck!!!

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