Do you remember the parable of the persistent widow from the book of Luke? This lady repeatedly came before the judge with the same plea, and eventually she annoyed him enough that he gave in and gave her the justice she was longing for.
Though I definitely wouldn’t call Madhava from Mercy and Grace Orphanage annoying, he does remind me a little bit of that widow. When he first contacted me last summer requesting dresses and shorts for his orphanage, I looked into the cost of shipping, found that it was crazy expensive and decided to let him down gently.
But he was persistent. And I knew he struggled to provide for the needs of the 107 orphans in his care. So mom and I decided to break from our norm of sending clothing, and we shipped a small box of supplies to the orphanage. Dresses and shorts take up a lot of space, but things like school supplies and toiletries are small and relatively easy to ship.
To tell you the truth, when I sent the package I wasn’t 100% confident it would even reach the orphanage. I know very little about India and the postal service in that country. But it did make it, and it took less than three weeks for arrive.
I assured Madhava that if we could come up with an economical way to send clothes, we would do it. So far that hasn’t happened. Mom and I have decided however, that we would like to send another care package their way.
Our plan is to send a large flat-rate box via the USPS for approximately $80 (we’ll do more boxes if we can fill them.)
The following is a list of their needs –
Pencils, pens, crayons, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Children’s Ibuprofen, Children’s Tylenol (chewable NOT liquid please), hard candies.
If you are interested in donating any of these items, please send them or drop them off at my home by February 23.
We have some money set aside for shipping, but we welcome any cash donations as well; especially if we end up sending multiple boxes.
Thanks in advance for any way you choose to take part in this endeavor.