‘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

Thursday, December 22, 2011

You Did It! Christmas Feast On!!

'OMG, I can't believe I get to experience another FEAST!'
You did it! How do I thank you? In less than 24 hours you, my readers, came up with over $500 for the Christmas Feast! I AM SO EXCITED! Close to $600 came in -- but I had forgotten I'll have to pay a hefty fee for sending the $500 via Western Union tomorrow, so thank God a bit more did come in!

I called the orphanage very late last night to give them the news. And then I found Vanya (the boy I wrote about a few days ago) on vkontakte (Russian Facebook) and I told him and asked him to spread the word!

Today I will write a long email to the Assistant Director spelling out what exactly they should do with this money. I'll make sure to be clear that ALL of it is to be spent on the 'Feast' day. if they have some left over after buying all the food, then they can spend some on decorations or extra candy and treats, I just want to make sure there is an abundance of food first, and that every single child there feels FULL at the end of the day!

I'm also strongly urging them to take photos so they can email them to me eventually and I can then pass them on to you! Russian Christmas is January 7th, so we've got to wait a bit. but I'm sending the funds tomorrow so they can start purchasing what they need now. After all, this is a Feast for over a hundred people!

By the way, my daughter spoke to the new Director and said she sounded very nice. (I was too embarrassed to talk to her, because I've never met her and  I've been told I make lots of mistakes with my verb tenses when talking in Russian. I didn't want  her to think I was an idiot..lol! Need to impress her since I'll be adopting from there very soon!)

I will be sure to send out thank you emails to all of you (if you haven't received one already) once I am in Florida. For now I've got packing and cleaning to do, so I better get to work!

Again, huge thanks! 
I am overjoyed these kids will have a full belly and a day to remember forever!
'Did you say I'm getting a day off from this relentless SOUP?
You're my HEROES!


  1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Great to know something good happens in this world,too!!! And so fast for a change!! :))

  2. That is AWESOME Keri!Feeling full at the end of the day..they will have a good night sleep too.

    I hope to be able to donate to the other family adopting in a couple of days,I'm sorry I don't get paid until tomorrow..I'd like to either add to this fund or else where ever it's needed.. I wish I could afford more...PLEASE no thank you cards...we know you are grateful and need to put your energy into what you are doing!:))

  3. I wish I could have done more, but you are right - every little bit helps. I am glad to have donated to put some food in their tummies. My dd still loves soup but says she is glad we don't have it every day.

  4. This is SO lovely. I ought to try something like this at one of my children's orphanages.... I just don't have the wonderful leadership spirit that you have, Keri.

    There used to be a missionary that did these things there, but I think he was encouraged to go elsewhere (which he did - to Dollywood! to minister do Eastern Europeans who come to work here in the resort).


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