|100 colored pencils at about 4 cents a piece.|
I was able to buy something for every single child at the orphanage for UNDER TEN DOLLARS! Yes, that is $10 spent for 100 children! Can't beat that!
|Heart-shaped erasers, at about 3 cents a piece!|
So, I think I'm going to become an obsessive bargain hunter. If I can find savings like every week before I go back, I'll be so happy! I can see how serial shoppers get addicted to bargain hunting. I've never been much of a shopper, but that has changed since my last trip to Siberia. If I can find inexpensive items I can afford to buy for the kids, I get a feeling of utter elation.
|Little notebooks for the boys at less than 5 cents a piece!!!!|
And did I mention that my gently-used 'American Girl Doll' Drive is coming along? These dolls are so well made, they will withstand years of wear and tear at the orphanage. Several people tried to caution me that I wouldn't get any donations as the dolls are so expensive, but here are the ones I've received so far! I can fit a dozen in my suitcase. And there are exactly twelve girls between the ages of 7 and 10. I hope to hand deliver each of these into their arms next month:)
Finally, I am cooking up a plan that you could be a part of! When I hosted Dasha through NHFC, they had this amazing project where families could fill a gallon sized ziploc freezer bag with goodies for a particular child, and they would hand deliver it and take a photo. Of course they did this as a fundraiser & charged a hefty fee, but I'm not a non-profit (yet!) and I would simply do this as a way to both help the kids feel special and give anyone out there reading this a chance to connect with a child and do something special just for them!
I plan to leave between February 26th and 28th, if all goes well. If you'd like to fill a bag for a particular child, let me know and I will send you my address. You can fill it, label it, and send it to me through the mail, and I'll see that it gets to your child. I'll post details in a week or two. I'm guessing I can fit 20-25 gallon bags in a large suitcase.
Nite everyone. I've got piles of adoption work in front of me! This blog break is over!