Friday, September 11, 2015

On the Tenth Day of Gifts for Gracias . . .

For 12 days, I am writing about the different ways people have participated in the Gifts for Gracias Project over the years. Today is the tenth day. If you are unfamiliar with Gifts for Gracias, or would like to see an overview of how it works, click here for more info.

The Tenth Day of Gifts for Gracias: Help load the container

The final step - on the US side - of the Gifts for Gracias project, takes place with the loading of the container. Over the years there have been several different storage and loading locations, all roughly in the area of Frederick Maryland. This year (same as last year) the container will be loaded in the parking lot of the Fredericktowne Baptist Church, in Walkersville, MD, just north of Frederick.

I have already blogged about the process of loading the container, here. If you haven't seen that, you might want to check it out, and if you live in the vicinity, perhaps you'd like to help with the loading. If so, just let me know!

Since this post is so short today, I will take this opportunity to remind everyone that RIGHT NOW is a fabulous time to find bargains on items which are much appreciated by the gift recipients here - school supplies, especially, but also fleece blankets (which are generally relatively inexpensive and also pack down nicely into a small amount of space) - and I'm sure those of you who have done back-to-school shopping more recently that I have will be able to come up with additional ideas!

Also, as you're pulling out your stored fall and winter clothing (and handling items which are outgrown or no longer wanted, but still in good shape), here's a reminder that we accept clothing from all seasons, and in all sizes up to adult large (nothing XL, please). It might surprise you to hear that winter clothing is especially appreciated, since we live in the tropics, but the houses here aren't insulated or even capable of being totally closed up (even out house is this way) . . . so when it gets down into the 40s and 50s here, it is the same temperature inside the houses - and that is c-c-c-cold! Our family keeps some sweat pants, long sleeve shirt, and fuzzy slippers, for that part of the year - and our house is significantly more air-tight than many of the houses in the mountains. 

Clearly, this house will not be keeping out the cold! 

Tomorrow I will share MORE ways that people can be involved with the Gifts for Gracias Project!!!! The link at the top contains the information regarding shipping, but I will post the information on the looming deadlines:

All gifts coming to us in Florida MUST be received before September 24th! Currently, the Maryland deadline is the end of October!

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about this project, and doing what you can to help us - we appreciate it!

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