As you’ll recall in November, I posted a call to send sparkly shoes and other goods to South Sudan where my friend LeAnna is posted with USAID. She had posted on her FaceBook page that in lieu of gift-giving this year, she was going to buy things for an orphanage school in Juba and asked her friends to check out her Amazon wish list.
Well, without telling her, I wrote about her here and linked the list at Chump Lady — within 24 hours we’d purchased everything on her list and then some!
Abusing the diplomatic mail pouch (apparently, there’s a clause that you’re not supposed to use it for orphanage supplies…oops…), all of our stuff arrived from Amazon. The kids are opening their gifts tonight at a Christmas party — and every kid gets a new pair of shoes!
Below is LeAnna’s letter — and I’ll post more pictures of the party when I get them. It took an insane amount of preparation, a lot of Xmas wrapping, and two carloads of stuff to make it happen. Not to mention the generosity of a lot of chumps — THANK YOU!
This little girl was so excited, she kept sneaking into the prep room and trying on the shoes.
Hey Tracy,I went to the orphanage yesterday — we had two cars filled with boxes. I spent the morning helping the staff sort through the boxes and put together a Christmas package for each of the kids who reside at the orphanage here in Juba. We also set aside half of the stuff to send up to a second orphanage they have opened up country in a town called Yei. Each child residing at the orphanage will get a new pair of shoes for Christmas. The staff was so excited about that! Once we got everything sorted into the bags for the kids, we wrapped gifts. The little girl in the photo kept sneaking into the room where we were working and getting into the boxes of shoes! The photos of the older girls are of them practicing singing Christmas carols.Tonight, the orphanage will have a Christmas party and the kids will get to open their shoes. I’m going to try to get over for that, as that should make for some better photos.Sorry I was unable to get better photos today — it was all about sorting and helping to wrap presents! They were trying to keep all of the kids out of the room where we were working so as not to spoil the surprise.
Will post more soon!