I have set up a site for Soleful Suitcases on GoFundMe.com, a website designed to help people, projects, or events raise money to support their goal. I was trying to find an easy way for people all over to help with this upcoming trip, and GoFundMe seemed like a good way to go.
With GoFundMe you can contribute to the trip and designate what you want your gift to go towards; socks, school supplies, baggage fees, etc. Or you can just give to the general pot and all those proceeds will go towards whatever costs we incur. I'm hoping to have your support with this. Please consider helping out.
The link to Soleful Suitcases is here:
You can also share the GoFundMe site with your friends and family via sending them to this blog, sharing it on facebook, twitter, or pinterest. The more that know about our trip, the more help we can bring to Jamaica.
Also, don't forget that you can help out by shopping on Amazon through our link. You can find that here in the box on the right of the page. -->
Just as a reminder, or for those just tuning in, my family and I are headed to Jamaica in July 2013. We are hoping to bring 75 pairs of adult athletic shoes to the local population of hotel workers. With each pair of shoes, we'd also like to give 2 brand new pairs of socks. The people that work in these hotels work hard all day long, and don't make a great wage. By providing them with a pair of shoes, it allows them more comfort each day while they strive to provide for their families.
We are also adopting a local primary school, and hoping to bring them so much needed basic school supplies like crayons, colored pencils, kid scissors, pencils & pens, construction paper, and books for their library. The schools here are over-crowded and under-funded (sound familiar?). Supply donations like this are huge to them, and don't happen often, if ever.
On our last trip in November 2012, we were able to give 60 pairs of shoes, 120 pairs of socks, and roughly 150 pounds of school supplies. We received a rock-star greeting at the school, and huge smiles from the hotel workers when we saw one wearing a new-to-them pair of shoes.
By setting up this GoFundMe site, we are hoping to have more involvement from friends and family that on our last trip said we were doing such good work, and they wished they could help, but didn't know how. Here is your how. Baggage fees have sky-rocketed, school supplies are costly, and once we get into Jamaica we still have to pay for transportation. Thanks for all your help. Spread the word of our trip by sharing this blog or the GoFundMe site on your facebook feed, with your friends via email, or tweet about it. The more people that know, the more involved people can get and the more help to Jamaica we can provide.
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