As many of you know, the majority of our donations get shipped overseas to help poor children in Calcutta, however, after Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. during the week of September 5, we realized that help was needed immediately, right here in our own country. As a result, I decided to take all of the clothing and toys that were donated for my November 2005 trip to Calcutta and send them to New Orleans to be distributed to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
As you all know, I am accountable and responsible for all donations to Angels from Heaven. Because we now have a storage trailer, I have BIG, clean, plastic drums which I use to sort all the clothing. I am very selective about what we keep, only good, clean clothes and small toys (stuffed animals, teddy bears, etc.). Everything is placed in the drums in plastic liners with moth balls to help keep the items dry and fresh for shipment. All of the clothing and toys that were donated for my November 2005 trip to Calcutta were placed in these drums and were ready to go to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The biggest obstacle I faced was finding a way to get them there. Initially, the plan was to drive to Camp Edwards in Massachusetts, where some of the survivors would be relocating, and distribute the goods myself, but that plan was put on hold. I worked hard to try to make other arrangements to have our goods shipped, and was relieved and grateful when Diane, a person who has been part of our Angels from Heaven family, and who now lives 20 miles from New Orleans, agreed to help us with the shipment.
The goods were shipped on September 8, 2005 and included 300 lbs of beautiful childrens' clothes and toys. The gentleman who handled the shipment put the lightest weight on the slip to give us a break on the shipping costs. Because no deliveries can go in or out of New Orleans, the goods have to be shipped to a site within 50 miles of the City, and then Diane and the members of her family and church will pick up the goods and bring them to the survivors in New Orleans. Diane agreed to take photos of everything after it arrives. Although I will not be doing the leg work to help others first hand, I trust Diane with everything and know that our donations will arrive safely and be distributed to the children who need it the most.
In closing, I must say that God works in mysterious ways.....Many times I don't understand why things happen, but know that God has a way of making things work out, and this is one of those times. Please remember this -- as Diane and the members of her family and church pass out our beautiful clothes and toys to the survivors of Katrina, within their hands are all of ours reaching out to help others. We have done this work together, all of us. Everything that was sent was donated by all of you, and we thank you, along with Diane and the members of her church for opening their hearts and providing us with the assistance needed to help others in a time of tragedy.
I will keep you posted on the status of the delivery.
Thanks again for your support.