It all began on Oct 19, 2017 when I was given 91 small tins of Lip Balm from two young boys named Harry and Heath Bennett. The boys are 8 and 12 years old. I did not know what the lip Balm was all about, until my wife told me about it. A classmate in school named Timmy was sick at Dana Farber Cancer Center and these two boys reached out to help raise funds for the hospital to help this boy, along with other children.
Below is their story you can read it first hand...
We were inspired to create Bennett Brothers Balm when our friend and former classmate was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May of 2016. We couldn't believe that someone so young, active and healthy could have cancer. It seemed impossible. We knew right away that we wanted to do something to help him feel better and also raise money for cancer research. We learned that cancer patients' lips and skin can get very dry from chemo treatments, so we decided that making and selling a lip balm would be a great idea! Bennett Brothers Balm is a line of all-natural, chemical-free, vegan, lip & body balm products made with LOVE in Malden, MA. 100% of our profits are donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to fund life-saving pediatric blood cancer research. We hope and pray that doctors will soon find a cure.
After reading the Bennett Brother story I knew the 91 tins of Lip Balm was very special and was given to me as a special gift for people in India during my upcoming 2017 annual Children are Angels from Heaven India trip at Thanksgiving.
I boxed the Balm up and mailed everything the next day as I know the mailing time was very short for me to meet up with everything as it was now October 20, 2017 and it would take 6 to 8 weeks to arrive from the USA to India.
When the box was sent on Oct 20, 2017 I followed the tracking a few days later to see the progress.
I could not believe my eyes what the tracking sheet said.
It said the Lip Balm box was now in Ireland out for delivery. This was unbelievable and has never happened before, to anything I have ever shipped.
After 90 minutes I finally got a live person on the telephone from the International Office of the US Post Office and told her about the problem. After looking through all the paperwork she agreed that something was wrong and would notify the Ireland Post Office about the problem. A few days later I checked back again at the tracking number and found that the Lip Balm Box was now in Switzerland. I again called the International Office of the US Post Office and went over the story again, and they said that they would look into it again.
Precious time was wasting on this special package being shipped all over Europe and I began to have doubts that I would ever see the Bennett Brothers Lip Balm again, let alone have it arrive in India.
Again I followed the tracking of the Lip Balm November 3rd 2017 and the Lip Balm had arrived in Mumbi India so at this point I know it was on its way to a place where it was mailed to, that I visit every year called St Joseph Convent School in Rourkela Orissa India.
The box went from Mumbi India, to Calcutta where it cleared customs . I was now in Rourkela on my India trip waiting to receive the special box of Lip Balm. I was there for just about a week.
The Balm was sent by Rail to Rourkela from Calcutta and arrived on December 5, 2017 ...The only problem was my visit to Rourkela was now over and I had taken the train back to Calcutta Dec 3rd, 2017.
So I had missed the arrival of the Bennett Brothers Lip Balm to Rourkela to hand it out to everyone with the Sisters. That made me very sad, but on the other hand I was very Happy the Lip Balm had arrived in the first place after traveling all around the world.
With the help of the Daughters of the Cross Sisters the Bennett Brothers Lip Balm was handed out to many people who would would really enjoy it. From the Girls who look after the school, gardens and kitchen to the girls in training to be Sisters along with the Sisters themselves.
The gift was very special as it was given like all gifts to Children are Angels from Heaven with lots of LOVE.
I worked very hard to look after the Lip Balm and so did the Daughters of the Cross Sisters. Why the package got lost in the first place only God has that answer. But in the end everything worked out perfect!
Below you will see some still photos of the Lip Balm being handed out by the Daughters of the Cross Sisters.
I received a hard mail from the Sisters a week ago with a Bennett Brothers Balm video in it.
If you want to see a very short 10 minute video of everything....Made by Kaushik Sanghvi of Kaushik Photo Studio in Rourkela Orissa India Kaushik Studio - Home | Facebook
Click here for the video. >>> VTS_01_1.VOB - Google Drive
You can also visit the Facebook page of the Bennett Brothers Balm to see the video
Bennett Brothers Balm - Home | Facebook
Look for the Posting on May 24, 2018 at 8:02 AM and click on the photo >> VTS-01-1.VOB
To learn more about the Bennett Brothers and the work that they do to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute you can also click on their website www.bennettbrothersbalm.com
Thank You Harry and Heath for all you do to help people all around the world....