Family and friends have helped us to reach our goal. I never put it down in writing, but our goal was to reach $500.
Our son, Aaron, took it upon himself help push the comment total a bit more quickly, and left forty one-word comments. He has never lacked in creativity, so it didn't surprise us when he did that.
Aaron, who is an optometrist here in Fresno, has participated in three medical mission trips himself through the AMIGOS organization. He went to optometry school in the Portland, Oregon, area, and AMIGOS is "dedicated to providing quality vision care at no cost to underserved people in the Portland area and throughout the world." He spent time in Honduras, Guatemala and Belize.
I admire all the people who are willing to give some of their time, short-term or long-term, to be of help where the needs are great, and the people who give financially.
Thank you for telling me about the charities that are near and dear to your hearts as well. It was great learning about some I had never heard of, and nice to read that some of you are familiar with MCC already. It made me realize the immense scope of people and organizations that need our help.
Thank you to my friends who have helped spread the word this week about our efforts to raise additional money. Lynne and Krista even blogged about it. I am thankful for them, and for the blogging community in general, people I may never meet in real life but yet consider them to be real friends.
Lynne has been instrumental in getting the word out about Siblings Together, a wonderful organization whose goal is to forge a bond between siblings who have been separated from each other through no fault of their own.
She has been asking for donations from the quilting community in the form of fabric, blocks, completed quilts--something that these kids can hold on to at summer camp as they spend time with their siblings.These two quilts, which Mark and I purchased at an MCC sale several years ago, will be making their way to the UK this week, essentially paying it forward.
A couple of weeks ago I took our grandchildren, Charlotte and Levi, to see The Lorax in the theater. Here is a little piece of Dr. Seuss wisdom that certainly applies to more than saving trees.