July is usually a time for outdoor activities and summer vacations. However, for my orphans in South Africa, it is a different story. Every year at this time, I do a “Christmas in July” for them, and I would love your help.
If you have any slightly used (look new) hats, scarves, gloves you can donate, that would be fantastic. The orphans get so excited when they receive school supplies, toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm), hair coloring, make up and hair clips. Then again, you should hear the excitement of the teenagers when I give them cologne or perfume. (if you have any bottles you are not using any longer, please send them as well!). The favorite item (and most requested) I have ever been asked for is “American Chocolate”…
These kids have all been brought in off the streets of South Africa by loving people who look after them on a daily basis. Sinethemba is the name of the home, and it means “Hope House”. There are no better words to describe the love in this house, that is offered by the couple who has taken them all in.
Any extra donations I recieve go to help Maria at the creche she runs, called Mpumelelo Orphanage & Day Care Centre. Maria takes care of the needs of 60 children a day. None of Maria’s children, or Sinethemba have any idea where their next meal is going to come from, and every little thing any of us can to do bring a smile that direction, or show love .. is so very appreciated. I just want them to know they are valued and remembered!
If you would like to be a part of this special project (I only ask for help with them once a year, the rest of the time I do it on my own), please send an online donation ( http://alwayssupportourheroes.com/ ) , a check or any of the items requested to:
PO Box 122037
Covington, KY 41012-2037
Deadline for receiving the items will be 25June 2010. The cost of postage is astronomical, so any cash or check donations are also greatly appreciated. If I am released by the doctor to travel to a third world country, I will deliver the items myself. (I miss my “kids” more than you can imagine! A special thank you to Gilbert Martin for looking after them for me, and giving them all my love. They are family to me, and are in my thoughts and prayers daily).
Thanks so very much for helping me to go MAD (make a difference) all over the world.
If you would like to go on a volunteer vacation or be a part of a humanitarian mission, please go to http://airlineamb.org/ , sign up to become a member, and see all the places you can get involved in sharing your time and energy with those less fortunate … all over the globe!