Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Early Friday morning, Nastia and I leave for our third trip to the orphanage. I had already packed up most of the bags when Nastia reminded me that I wanted to post photos on my blog of all the 'goodies'. So, thanks to Nastia's quick thinking, here is a photo of one third of the goods before they got packed up!
I think those of you who donated would be VERY proud of me! It took me three weeks to amass these piles, because I was a bargain hunter! See those stuffed animals? I hunted down the cheapest ones I could find in Kemerovo that were also well-made. I am happy to announce I paid no more than 200 rubles tops for each one! (That's about $6). The little ones at the orphanage (kids under 6) had requested 'something soft to hold at night.' That is a request impossible NOT to fulfill -- am I right?
I've been very lucky with books. I bought a second entire set of the whole Harry Potter series, as there was huge interest in that. I also scrounged around enough in the few local bookstores to find: Charlotte's Web, Huckleberry Finn, Pippi Longstocking, Hardy boys, Boxcar Children, Indiana Jones books, Little Women, Shakespeare (of course), books of poetry, some graphic novels, Spiderman comic books, lots of fairy-tales, two atlases, a child's introduction to how the human body works, and countless board books for the little ones.
As I have a repeat donor who requests I buy DVDs, I bought: Peter Pan, Finding Nemo, Night at the Museum, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland (old version), and a dozen Russian made fairy-tale films that are exquisite!
Also got two sets of checkers, chess, cards, Monopoly, Candyland, Russian "Battleship", and other board games to keep their minds occupied. There is a babydoll at little Polina's request . (I would buy her the world if she asked...) And 'a big girl doll with hair' at Veronika's request. ( The barbies I brought in early September just didn't suit her...lol)
Also, Nastia and I went through all our clothes and are donating everything we have not yet worn. We figured that if we have been here over six weeks and have not yet worn it, we don't need it. We ended up with an entire suitcase of shirts, socks, pants, shoes and such!
Finally, we are bringing twelve pairs of winter boots -- six for girls and six for boys -- in sizes 34-39. As Nadezhda the director put it when I asked her what sizes to buy...' Keri, if you buy it, not matter the size, there will be a leg to put in it here!'
Lastly, I bought (with my own funds) a winter coat and new sneakers for Daniel. Nastia bought him a battery operated truck. I didn't want to go overboard, because I am sure there is already alot of jealousy in the air since word is out I have started the adoption process for him. I have no doubt that many of the kids will be "mom shopping" when I get there Friday. ( 'parent shopping' or 'mom shopping' is a term used in the adoption community. It is when I child tried to win you over with their charm, in hopes that you will want them. It's very sad, but very, very common.)
I'm also bringing them over 100 photos that I took on my last two visits to them in Sept and Oct. I made sure to make triple copies: one set for the director, one set for the caretakers to share, and one for me to give out to the children.
I wish it were Friday right now....
Posted by Keri at 10:58 AM