Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Year, New Trip, New School, New Needs!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Soleful Suitcases!

I know, I know. Its been almost a year since we were last in Jamaica. Its been almost a year since I updated this blog. But, honestly, there hasn't been much to update. We got home, shared our trip, and went about our business. However, a new trip is in the works. We are headed back to Jamaica in November 2014, and we are starting to gear up for our trip.

In the past we have adopted Servite Primary in Brown's Town. While this is still a great school, we have donated to it twice, and want to share our love with another school. So, at the suggestion of Tamara, one of our lovely friends, we have decided to adopt Brown's Town Infant School. They serve roughly 60 children ages 4-6 in a pre-school type environment. They have asked us for the basics - crayons, pencils and pens, markers and colored pencils, scissors, rulers, good job/gold star stickers, classroom decorations and charts, books for the children and school library, jump ropes and soccer balls. I'd like to, with your help, make this happen. My vision includes a back pack of some kind for each child, stuffed with a book and some basic school supplies. I'd like to give the school some of the other items they are asking for. And I'd like you to help. Will you?

My thought is I post a wish list here, or maybe use something like Sign-Up Genius. I say I need 6 people to donate 10 boxes of crayons, 10 packs of pencils, etc. You get the idea. You purchased what you commit to, and somehow get it to me. A few of us get together in early November to stuff the packs and get them into suitcases. And off we go. Sounds easier than I think it will be, but I believe it is possible to complete.

Along with the school, we will continue with the original purpose of this - bringing adult athletic shoes and brand new socks to those employees of the hotel we stay at. Those people continue to work hard, day in and day out, to provide for their families, just like we all do. Help me give them a hand up. I'm already starting to collect shoes. Please make sure there is some life left in them.

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Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, 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. Visit our GoFundMe page - http://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
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Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

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