This trip is sneaking right up as we are just about 80 days out. That may sound like a lot to some of you, but to me, I'm looking at a lot of work still to get there. We are still in need of a lot of stuff, and hoping that perhaps you can help out.
Right now we have 22 pairs of shoes, and need 53 more to reach the goal of 75 pairs.
We need socks. We don't have any adult right now, and need both men's and women's to hand out with the shoes.
We need school supplies. We have some, but can always use more. Servite Primary serves 700+ children, who often come to school with little to none of their own supplies like pencils, notebooks, or crayons. These children are in desperate need of basic supplies.
We have been given 2 laptops to take to the school for the staff to use, but we need some USB thumb drives. These drives allow the teachers to make lesson plans and save them when they don't have access to the computer.
We need books for the school library. It is pretty easy to shop Goodwill and find books in great shape that can be taken. Do the shopping yourself, or donate a few bucks and I'll do the shopping for you. 700+ kids need lots of books to read. Can you imagine going to a school without library books?
Do you have an older, but still working digital camera laying around? This school could use it for special projects, and would be an amazing treat. Cords, cables, and software would be a plus. Does not need to be fancy, just a point and shoot would do wonders.
We need suitcases. They need to be in good enough shape to go on a one-way trip from Kansas City to Jamaica. Would prefer them to have wheels and handles. I can find these at Goodwill as well, and they run around $15. Donate the money to buy one?
Baggage fees. This is huge. Like so huge. And expensive. It is vital that we have people help us get some baggage sponsored. Can you help with this, or know someone or a business that would? This is so costly, yet still cheaper than shipping.
Today marks one week since the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Honor Boston and donate your old athletic shoes, buy a pair of socks in one of the victim's name, or donate some crayons in honor or Martin.
Share your shoes, share your love, share your world.
If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
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Melissa Hart 119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061