I haven’t had a single moment to update this since I launched the Christmas fundraiser. An overwhelming amount of support came in quickly and since then, I have be so busy! Here is a brief update on the last week.
Saturday night, Vanessa arrived! For those of you that don’t know, Vanessa has come to Romania twice with the summer college teams from my home church in LA to help run the children’s camp I coordinate. Thankfully, she wanted to come back this Christmas and see an entire new side of ministry abroad, and be my right hand woman!
Vanessa arrived Saturday after close to traveling for 24 hours and Sunday I had planned a fun day to get adjusted. There was a Christmas Charity Bazaar on in Bucharest so we went to that. Each country had a booth and sold their food. I sprinted to the Mexico booth, bought canned black beans, multiple packs of corn tortillas and ate at the taco bar and I was happy.
After the bazaar, we went to brunch with a couple of my friends. Then grocery shopping for the week. I knew Monday would be a crazy day, I had every minute planned out, along with the entire week….okay fine, two weeks. SO, we had an early night and were up “early” to shop!
Monday we went shopping for children with donated money. THANK YOU to my friends and family who were overwhelmingly generous. We were able to get the children good quality boots, and warm durable jackets to deal with their harsh weather because we had more than enough money to cover their Christmas lists. This picture doesnt even know it justice. It was just the only time I had a minute to take a picture. We probably filled about 10 carts worth of gifts! Aren’t the boots cute though!?
Before we went home to wrap them, Vanessa had to work on her finals from a coffee shop. She had 2 papers and an exam to take and she is currently finished with one paper and the exam so ONE MORE TO GO!
We eventually DID go home and wrap over 100 presents. I thought it would have taken us a couple days but we stayed up til midnight to finish them all! My house looked like the North Pole.
Thank you to the Captain’s Wheel church who donated tons of Santa sweet packs, and scarves, headbands and gloves! We were able to find a home for ALL of it! Here are the first 15 children’s gifts done, with the Santa’s attached to each! They will love having candy from America!
The gifts are HUGE! For each child, and I need to store 128. Thankfully my friend has a huge apartment on the ground floor and is letting me use it to store them. The rest of the week was spent doing the same thing, shopping, wrapping, sorting and organizing the gifts at my friends house.
The team from the UK arrived today and we are cooking for them tomorrow along with collecting gifts from all over the city. People have sponsored children from the north, south and even villages outside of Bucharest so that means, lots of driving… in awful traffic to sort them! Saturday is the first day we are delivering gifts though so that is sure to give us a boost of energy!
Again, thank you to everyone who donated gifts, or funds to make this possible! It is so great to go shopping and not have to worry about a very strict tight budget. THANK YOU!!!
Update you when I can, maybe tomorrow, maybe in 2018. Who knows at this point! This blog is all over the kind of place but thats exactly how my brain is right now so it feels appropriate.