I imagined the journey the boxes will take...from my local post office, to a plane destined for Australia, aboard a medical ship to Papua New Guinea and finally loaded onto a truck headed to the rural villages where they'll ultimately welcome new babies into the world in a healthier way. Each of these little kits are soldiers being sent to do good work. Packed with love and care and well wishes for a momma and baby on the other side of the world.
It felt great to be surrounded by a wonderful group of women who set aside time to help to accomplish something small yet powerful. Everything went better than I planned aside from a few rushed trips to the hardware store and me running around like a chicken with its (very sweaty) head cut off :) I learned a lot this first time around and am hoping to make this an annual event.
|Me showing my lovely Gram the easiest way to cut the sheets of plastic.|
|One of the groups of ladies busy packing kits.|
|Cutting string. There was never enough string!|
|Place cards at each "kit packing" table.|
|Another group packing kits!|
|Finally figured out the easiest way to cut the gauze. Team work!|
|Our "break room". The amazing cupcakes were donated by the talented and generous Theresa Acker.|
|Our partial group. Many had already left at this point, but we had to get some sort of a group pic!|
|My momma and me!|
Once I got the boxes home I counted the kits. My little guy Sullivan double checked my work...
|"Ok, mom, let's see how many you've got here."|
|"Alright, 212 kits plus 114 kits...equals...326 kits!"|
|"Wow! That's more than 100 over your goal!!"|