Moonlight, music's afterglow, great conversation - some not-so-small-thrill at meeting some new, kind, souls...
The lead singer handed Luke 10 rolls of quarters for Children's Hope after Thursday night's concert. Our Lukey can't resist handing out his Children's Hope card and telling folks we are going to Haiti again - especially when we've started packing for our next trip. And, every quarter counts. That $100 donation should be enough to buy five black pairs of leather school shoes for the orphanage, if I can spot a good sale.
23,310 children's vitamins, 2,500 condoms, 10 new stethoscopes, one more slightly used...inventorying and packing 30 duffel bags haunts my dreams when I do sleep...but I wake smiling thinking of all of our generous supporters over the years and how dedicated our young Children's Hope Team members are. This year, thirteen college students have managed to raise all their own funds and then some to help us buy prescriptions, new rubber soccer balls, food and paint for the orphanage - things we can't beg or get donated. Still, we keep hearing about how much more is needed. So many more people dying from cholera - and while the UN warns of a new "surge in cholera deaths" (approaching 9,000 now)...our students will bravely tromp though mud in Cité Soleil to get to the clinic there - you know the sort of places deemed "red zones" where the Red Cross won't go. Amazing.
So, here's to a new friendships, kind patrons and old friends who carry this life-saving work along. You who support this work are an inspiration, we just carry the bags. Thanks for your continued support.
Leisa, Paul, Lukey and Emma
P.S. As always, your checks are tax deductible, can be made out to Children's Hope and sent to the address below:
3025A Cambridge Road
Cameron Park, CA 95682
Professor Leisa Faulkner
University of the Pacific, Sociology
Delta College, Folsom Lake College
Children's Hope, Founder