It has been a while since I have talked to you all. There has been a lot going on! Some short updates include:
Laura did a fundraiser from her home in KY. She made fabulous super hero capes and sold them for $15 a piece, with all proceeds going to the foundation! It was a fantastic fundraiser with a lot of success! Thanks Laura!
Sherry put together a sew-a-thon at the church on Saturday afternoon. Sam, my sister, joined us to share her skills and teach us how to sew cloth maxi pads. It was a fun day! I am not, let me emphasize, NOT, skilled in the sewing department. I had brought along fabric to cut out doll bodies and heads to make salvation dolls. I am hoping that we reach our MN goal of 120 salvation dolls and 400 maxi pads before our trip in April. We are over 100 pads complete. We have over 60 dolls cut and ready to sew together, and 2 complete.
Check out the cool sewing machine Donna was using. Donna helped put together pads, and then took dolls home to complete.
JoAnne, contemplating her work.
The work table…. I promise next time we will try and be more organized 🙂
Faith and Elaina both came to help out with the sewing day. Some donated fleece worked well for blankets and pillows when the day got to long…..
Sam has been hammering away on diapers for us to bring along also. We also have a church that is close to Sebeka that is working on diapers for us to bring along also. I am very excited to see what they have been able to complete.
The gifts that have been coming in from around the WORLD through the group of ladies on ravelry.com have been amazing. They are still coming in. We got a gift of wash clothes, soaps, and hats from a very talented lady in SWEDEN. All of these ladies and their amazing talents are going to bless so many people in Haiti. We thank everyone that has helped out from Ravelry.
This is the gifts that came all the way from Sweden
We have some very talented ladies right here in the Sebeka area that are gifting us with their talents in the wash cloth department, and we are very grateful.
About our upcoming trip. The tickets have been purchased and 8 of us from Minnesota are ready to head out of the never ending cold on April 4th. We leave MSP airport very early in the morning and we get back to MN on April 10th. It is coming so quickly. There will be a big group of people from Tennessee and Indiana also. It is going to be a wonderful trip.
Our IT committee (Sam) has updated the website. If you visit www.710foundation.org , and click on the Where we’re going tab, you can see a list of the needs that we have. These are the things that we are hoping to collect for our trip. And of course if we are not able to get these things for this one, we have the space now to store them for our next trip! I stopped again today in search of suitcases at a Boys and Girls Club, no luck this time.
I have some other wonderful news to share. We have a commitment from a sponsor that is willing to help us out with an upcoming personal goal of mine. On my last two trips I have been drawn to one of the missions employees. Well, all of them really, but this particular one has some pretty immediate needs. I will call him “D” . He is a groundskeeper for the mission. He is very young (early 20’s) and supports his entire family on his income only. Given his age this is already a huge undertaking, but wait until you hear more. D lives in a house that is in desperate need of attention. He is living there with EIGHTEEN other people. D is a very talented young man, he is God fearing, and very thankful for what he does have. When I have the opportunity to visit with him again in April, I will ask his permission to share more with you, it is important for the people that give support have a personal connection with their gifts.
When we talked to Lifeline about D, we found out that his home is repairable and that this could be done for $2500 dollars. We have a sponsor that is willing to match up to half of that, so we only need to raise $1250 dollars to get this home fixed. I ask all of you to lift this up in your prayers. And also keep Madam Dautilus in your prayers, as we are still waiting for land to build her home on.
Your prayers of course are most important, we have all witnessed what power they have. If you feel the calling to financially help out with the repair of this home, please click on Donate to 7:10 Foundation above, or visit our home page at www.710foundation.org and click on the Donate Now button. These are secure transactions through Pay Pal. You can also mail a check to us if you choose.
Once again, thank you to all for your support. Whether it be prayerful support, material support, or financial support. They are all VERY important.
Blessings to you all