I have two fun opportunities to help orphans around the world this week!

First, there is another AWAA Ethiopia adoptive family with some extra luggage space for donations!  I would like to fill a 50 pound suitcase with formula for them!  They will be able to take the formula to Kids Care (or the orphanage that they deem the most in need) just a few days after Thanksgiving.

This is what happened the last time we collected formula and I would LOVE to do it again! 
After that family delivered all of that formula, this is what they wrote to me:

"I was able to put the suitcases of formula directly into the hands of the nanny who was over-seeing the infant room.  Thank you for making that possible!  The nanny was thrilled.  In the infant room there were only 6 little ones, but at least 3 of them were mal-nourished.  One little guy in particular was swaddled in layers of blankets so that only part of his face showed.  He had a feeding tube inserted through his nose, and the nanny said that he was brought to them almost starved and he had simply given up the will to try to live.  They were feeding him formula in tiny amounts through the feeding tube.  I was able to hold him and cuddle with him as I prayed (and cried) over him, asking him to fight and grow up to be a big, strong boy.  It was SO good to know that there was plenty of the right kind of formula so that he would have a chance."

So, here is our chance to do this again.  I will have to get it in the mail by Friday November 18th.  Please, if you would like to donate a container (powder is best), drop it by our house or Smidgens or Lewellyn Technology.  Or if you live outside of the area you can donate with our donate button on the sidebar.  I have several $5 off Similac coupons so a $10 donation could purchase an entire container! 
Every year Logan and I fill a shoe box for Samaritans Purse and this year we wanted to spread the word in hopes of collecting more shoe boxes to send.

To pack a shoe box, you simply find an empty shoe box and fill it with toys, gifts, school supplies and other personal items for a boy or girl ages 2 - 14.  You can also add a picture of yourself and a letter if you want.  Mark on the box the gender and age that you are packing for and I will attach the appropriate tag. 

You also must include a check for $7 to cover the shipping costs.  Checks should be made out to Samaritan's Purse. 

You can read more about the shoe boxes and watch a video on packing a box here:  http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/index/

The national collection week is November 14 - 21.  So if you would like to put together a box, please get it to me by Thursday, November 17th.  I will take care of tagging it and delivering it to a drop-off point.

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