‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Invasion




There. Got your attention, I suspect. If so, please listen...

I want to plan an invasion. I will need at least a hundred brave souls to join the cause if it is to be successful. They must be risk-takers, bold and unabashedly committed to the cause. It will take commitment and several hours of sustained effort over the next week or two. It is not for everyone, I know. There will be no thanks, no reward, no getting back anything in return. It takes a certain kind of person to commit to such a thing. Here is your mission, if you choose to accept it:

We are going to invade Orphanage #5 in Prokopyevsk, Sibera. We are going to invade it with love and letters and gifts and attention, so that the 100-plus children there see that they are not forgotten. We are going to stage an EPIC CHRISTMAS INVASION that will leave them incredulous and shocked. Are you in?

Here's what I'll need from you: a commitment to send one box filled with anything that might bring the children and staff some joy. Use your imagination. Send what you love. There are no rules except to avoid anything the US Postal Service says you cannot send.

I will be posting information here and also in the facebook group "I Support the 100 Children of Orphanage #5". I will also post a letter (in Russian) that you should include in your package so that the new Director knows that the gifts come from someone that knows me. In the next few days I will know the name of the person whom the boxes should be addressed to at the orphanage. I will post that here and in the facebook group.

In the meantime, you can start brainstorming about your package. Make it outrageous. Make it memorable. Find a way to also include your own letter (translated into Russia) that reminds them they are loved and not forgotten.

If I am able to once again get specific names and ages, I will, but it is very likely that you will just have to send a generic message 'to a girl, age 10-11' or something like that.

Comment below if you plan to be part of the invasion so I can get an idea of how many boxes will be headed there. They will need to be sent by November 25th if they are to arrive by Russian Christmas.

The orphanage has been going down-hill according to the girls I am in touch with who aged out this year. It is overcrowded with more children, less staff and the children are suffering due to the changes in staffing there as well. Let's try to give them a Christmas they'll never forget!

NOTE: I am also currently financially supporting 5 girls who have aged out of the orphanage (though friends are taking that over this week.) I am working to get a mailing address for each of them so that some of you could send a package to them. They are 16 and 17 years old and do not have permanent homes, so it is difficult to get packages to them. But I'll do my best to get an address!

Are you ready, soldiers? Get to it!

27 comments:

  1. Shannon Meyer3:17 PM

    I'm in!

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  2. Anonymous3:41 PM

    I'm in!
    MariaG (Canada)

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  3. Anonymous3:42 PM

    Is Katya one of the girls that has aged out that you are still in touch with. I still think of her often.
    MariaG (Canada)

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    1. Maria, i helped Katya for several months, but then found a friend to take over. she receives a monthly Western Union cash donation of, I think, $50. THe ones I have been supporting since June/July just aged out at the end of May. I found others to take over since it's gotten hard to keep up along with helping Anya. But there are several others that could use some financial help. Even $25 a month makes abig difference. I make sure its only going to the girls who are trying to better themselves. And they are required to keep you updated too:)

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  4. Anonymous8:37 PM

    I'm in - can we pick gender and age from your list ?

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    1. Yes! There are children from 3-16 there, so whatever you'd enjoy shopping for most!

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  5. Anonymous8:37 AM

    I am in

    send me what age you want me to do.

    papedge@aol.com

    Kimberley McCollum

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    1. Will do! I'm pulling this together over the weekend! I should email you sometime by Sunday night:)

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  6. Beth T.8:50 AM

    I am in!

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    1. Yay! Not surprised:)

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  7. I would love to be involved, but am short of time. Would cash donations be helpful? What I like about your idea is the personal touch- letting the kids know others know and care about them, and making personal connections with them. I'm not in a position to do that at the moment, so hoping cash will be an adequate substitute, with your help.

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    1. Hi hoonew, Yes a cash donation is fine, too. I will be sending a western Union to the orphanage next week for a "Thanksgiving Dinner" for the kids, so I could use it towards that or I can use it any other way you suggest! You can use the paypal button on my blog, but be sure to add a note about what the money is for. Thank you!

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  8. Anonymous3:02 PM

    We are in!!! In fact, we did most of our shopping last night, for a 10-12 girl.
    Jennifer
    p.s. I tried posting a similar message several times from my phone, so please ignore if I have sent the same message multiple times!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! Stay tuned! I should be able to give an address, etc by Sunday night!

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  9. I wish I could, but I'm already preparing my package for another Russian internat. I hope many others join you though!

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  10. We're in! Email me the info at Colleen.omara.condon @ gmail.com

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    1. I will! I'm planning to pull this all together by Sunday night! I'll be in touch!

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  11. I'm happy to send one package!

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  12. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Dear Kari,
    My daughter has some American Girl dolls that she would like to donate. She will be off to college next year and this is the right time.
    this is the only way I could figure out to contact you.my daughter is adopted from Vietnam and this last summmer she worked in South African orphanages. Orphanages are near and dear to our hearts.
    Lauralie Haikin.
    you are in our prayers and am glad that you are a cradle Catholic, too!

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    1. Hi! My email is: KeriCahill34(at)(gmail)(dot)(com)

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  13. Anonymous2:26 PM

    We'd love to send one also. Thanks for setting this up, Keri!

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  14. I hope I did not mess the details? Will you post it here?

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  15. Anonymous6:35 PM

    I saw your most recent post and I meant (in post above) to ask about Ksusha ... 'Nice to see her picture. I have not read your last two posts in detail yet. How is Ksusha doing?
    MariaG (Canada)

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