Telling my side of the story

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Clothing Drive Update

I have been meaning to put up an update about the clothing drive for children in Rwanda and Nigeria. A few weeks ago, I got an email saying that the first batch of clothes had arrived and how happy they were to have received them. In true African tradition, it was filled with prayers and well-wishes for all those who had helped. It was so sweet, so touching that I decided that I would continue the drive through the end of the year.

Since then, I’ve asked for family and friends to donate more clothes, toys, books, blankets, bottles, and all things kid-related. I have already received quite a bit for the next go-round. It’s all been so great. I am amazed at how generous people are. One co-worker who takes public transportation to work dragged two heavy bags from the train station all in the name of helping people she doesn’t know. It was really cool. As I dragged the bags to my car at the end of the day, I was in plain awe of her dedication.

Of course there has also been the down-side of people not fulfilling their promises. Actually, that’s not so bad. I love that they are interested enough to say they’ll do something. We all lead very busy lives so I understand if they are not able to get to it. What wasn’t too cool was not getting any kind of reaction from folks that you think would want to help. You know, getting a blank stare. Like, whatever. I am not an overly sensitive person but that kinda hurt for whatever reason.

Forget that. This post was really to say that it worked! I am thrilled that the “eagle has landed”. I am ecstatic at how well-received the clothing drive has been. Despite all my initial worries, it has gone well. The clothes were not ‘stolen’ or sold on the black market like some people said they would. They got to their final destination intact and that gives me hope for the other batches en route.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great idea! I'm always donating clothing to charities here that are close to my heart; I'm off to read your entry and see if perhaps something similar is going on in Canada to benefit Africa.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Jummy said...

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1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er, read your previous entry, I mean

1:32 PM  
Blogger 'Yar Mama said...

God Bless your generousity. I always admire people that do so much for charity especially if the doer is Black because most of the time, na oyingbo dey volunteer their time for 'our' causes. Thanx

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job!!! Well done to all the people that helped.

3:24 AM  
Blogger In my head and around me said...

You really did it! I feel very challenged! Well done.

2:52 AM  
Blogger TheAfroBeat said...

My First time on here (thanks to InMyHead), just wanted to say congratulations, and what's the address people can send things to if they feel so inclined?

All the best!

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good job

7:02 PM  
Blogger chioma said...

God bles ur heart!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Jaycee said...

Good, blessings are waiting on your doorstep!

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