Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 7 2010 Sorting Toys To Give Away

Contrary to popular belief, toys, shoes and food don’t just appear in Honduras ready to give out. Once a container arrives there is a lot of work that still needs to be done in order to make it easy and efficient to get things given away to the needy.

Unloading the container is hard and labor intensive, but please don’t be deceived, the work has just begun on the ground in Honduras. Today we sorted toys. They were placed into bags of small, medium and large hard plastic toys and bags of small, medium and large stuffed animals. It is a lot of work, especially when you are looking at hundreds of bags which must be sorted.

Today my friends and I sorted about 40 bags of toys and labeled them for giveaway later this month and next month. Once they are sorted, it is easier to give them away. We take toys of the same size to the same areas where the children all feel like they received something of equal size and value. We want everyone to feel equally loved.

Today 19 bags of toys went to one ministry, 9 bags went to Amor Viviente in Danli and several more bags are promised to others. Each ministry is required to give us photos of the children who receive the toys, along with their new treasure.

Many unpaired, pairs of crutches arrived and we needed to weed through them and match them to their mates. This was a full day of work and we still are not finished with the job.

Now we need to count which ones do not have the rubber tips, measure to see what size replacement tips we need to buy and thank God for donations from supporters we have money to pay for those tips. It may not seem like much, but it will be a few hundred dollars worth of rubber tips needed to make the crutches safe. Money sometimes seems to fly out the door.

Later this month we will sort shoes, clothes and whatever other treasures were included in the container. A huge “THANK YOU” to Dale and Gloria Leininger and all their friends at Halo of Hope for all of their love and sacrifice. We appreciate the fact that they sent us the container loaded with goodies. Thanks also to Ernie and Robyn Breaux who paid for all of the container shipping cost and to the Jack Deloss Taylor Trust, the Ernest and Linette Gaudet Family Trust and the Michael Martin family for their donations which helped pay fees for this container to come into Honduras.

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