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13 February 2005 @ 02:46 pm
bags of love  

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.

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.

melymbrosia: sanctuarypalefire on February 13th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness - you're going to think I'm totally crass for saying this, but I thought those green things were dildos. Especially since I saw the title "bags of love." Oh dear!! *hides*
ex_snowcanwa171 on February 13th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)

*squeals* HAHAHAHA!!

I recognized them as bottles of shampoo - I think???

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keeping the stars apartnonsensical_fae on February 13th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
it's great that you did this! i'm sure two girls will really appreciate them. this is a great + practical idea. now i'm wondering if i could help by doing this...
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 13th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
ours is through a radio station idea -- i think they have collected about 20,000 boxes so far already. perhaps it's an idea worth emailing to some of the radio stations in your state about, to do something similar? i think it's a great way for people to get involved.
victories overseas: look awaybedauern on February 13th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
what an adorable idea! i did something similar this christmas
& you're completley right about the teenagers
that's really sweet of you, honestly
Ivana Stabivanastab on February 13th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
OK you are officially the sweetest person ever!!
d-elicatehandsdown on February 13th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
Aw you darling! I wonder if there's anything like that going on in NZ, I will find out. I remember seeing something like that on Oprah with African children and thinking "See THAT'S what we need to be doing more of, not money for Bibles, but even simple things like school bags and caps".
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 13th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
yes exactly !! it bothers me when i hear of money being spent on religious things (and not even THEIR religion either, which i think is just an absolute mockery!!), when they can't clean their teeth properly or go to school and write down their lessons or any of that basic stuff *sighs*. sometimes the priorities are... worrying.
pockette on February 13th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
That is such a great idea! How thoughtful :) I would love to participate too. You are such a caring person.

Tacohello_leannie on February 13th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
That's such a great idea! :)
Jessica: Different By legendary_iconssweetkisses13 on February 13th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
I thought at first before I read that those were shampoo bottle that they were vibrators. LOL! I'm such an idiot.

I think you are so thoughtful to do something as nice as that. I wish there were more people out there like you.


    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 13th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
hahaha... you weren't the only one to think that ;) {read the comments before yours lol. i think it seems to be the common thought *giggles*}

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fructiferousfructiferous on February 13th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
hahaha those shampoo bottles don't even resemble vibrators at all! ...though i suppose it helps if you recognise the brand. :D

what gorgeous packages. you're such a beautiful creature. <3
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 13th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
perhaps next time i should be more careful about the way i photograph things ;) oh, my poor innocent little mind can't deal with all this corruption!

onemoreyear on February 13th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
that is so awesome of you. :)
jen reneedaisywhite on February 13th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
i know i've said this before, but i love how
you *always* think of others! those girls
are going to love all that. & I'm going to
find out if they're something going on
locally here, because that's a wonderful idea.
eleanor janephotogirl on February 13th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)

I'm sure the girls who get those will be thrilled!
I did the same sort of thing at Christmas. But I love to buy presents & found it so easy to get carried away!
Charlotte Sometimeenterthereverie on February 14th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)

what is lux miss?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 14th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
lux = bars of soap
they also make body wash etc over here too.
Kirstie: [my tongue is cooler then yours]kirsidee on February 16th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
you're a wonderful person miss jadeling ♥
her garden of lilies & secrets.starlightrayne on February 20th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
thats amazing, i want to get involved with this myself.