Throughout our adoption journey I have been blessed to make connections with Missionaries working in Liza's city. One of these connections brought me to Gregg Montella and his idea, Project Happy Feet. Rather than try to explain it myself I'll just paste Gregg's note here so that you can hear the need from his own words.
"There is still a tremendous need for slippers, especially with winter approaching. The two greatest needs for slippers are for the elderly in nursing homes and kids in orphanages. Floors there are typically cement which is cold and damp. Worse still is that often it can be so cold, even inside, that standing water freezes in rooms like bathrooms with broken or missing windows. Imagine not having proper socks, slippers or footware in that environment. Cold feet are miserable feet, but warm feet are happy feet!
There are many, many footborne illnesses caused by lack of proper footware. One pair of quality slippers can make all the difference for a person in need, and can even save a life.
You can bring slippers with you, or you can buy them (or have one of our staff buy them for you) in ________. A decent pair of slippers will cost about $5, with a pair of socks to go underneath (recommended) an additional $2.
Of course, you can be right there when they're given away and see the smiling, grateful faces and pray for the recipients, sharing God's love in the most real of ways."
I hope to be able to carry either slippers (croceted/knitted/bought) that folks have donated or money that can be used to buy slippers when we get there. Any monies that are sent to us and marked for Project Happy Feet WILL go to this project, they will just need to be either mailed to me privately or sent to my paypal account, NOT to our FSP (the Liza button). Thanks in advance to everyone who is willing to help us! I will definitely take pics to bring back and share with you all if we are blessed to be able to be at a distribution. Which I ABSOLUTELY want to do if we get the chance.
Donations can be sent to:
105 Winchester Lane
Locust Grove, VA 22508
My hubby keeps asking where do I plan to pack all my clothes and things I will need plus all these slippers I am hoping for and I just tell him that it will all come together. :) I may just need to borrow one of those vacuum packer thingies from somebody.