these are the two shoeboxes of love that i posted about doing last month. i used bags instead of boxes - a spokesperson for carry for kids suggested doing this as then the kids could also use the bags for school etc, maybe them twice as useful as a box would be.
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i only meant to do one, but once i started shopping for them, i couldn't help but get carried away. all things that you & i take for granted - toothpaste, soap, shampoo, schoolbooks, pens, hair ties, tissues, bandaids, antiseptic cream. these things don't cost very much AT ALL, yet they can make such a big difference to an orphan who's been through hell and is left with nothing. the stories about the kids who have survived over there in banda aceh are heartbreaking; this is the least that i can do to help. it is so, so heartwarming to hear of stories of how people here are pulling together to make enough of these boxes/bags to send over (they are hoping for at least 100,000!). when i was shopping the other night, in at least 2 stores i could hear other people checking the list printed off from the website and looking for items to add to their boxes, and it made me smile and feel warm inside -- i felt really grateful to be part of a community like that where people were actually giving a damn. i wanted to go over and hug the other people, lol.
i made my 2 bags specifically for 2 older girls (say, 16+). sometimes the older kids get left behind; at christmas time and other times when donations are made, people naturally think of the younger children, but the older teenagers have been through a lot too. at lot of parents, from what i've heard, make their boxes as though they were for kids the same age as their children, and obviously since i couldn't use that hypothetical (lol) i thought it would be nice to target the older age group. i did the same thing at christmas although i did one for an older girl, and one for a younger girl. this time they were both older girls.
there's not loads in the bags (a woman at work made some up and they were positively crammed full of things!! it was so wonderful), but i think it might make even just a little bit of difference to 2 girls over there in banda aceh when they receive them. i really hope so anyway.