Saturday, May 7, 2011

updates on ishinomaki, japan

Sequel to: For the Children of Ishinomaki, Japan

Sometime ago, I posted an article on Japan disasters and thesleepytimegal's initiative on how we can offer some help. Our little family wanted to send a box of needful things over to Ishinomaki, and I mentioned on my blog that that should our readers would like to include some of their things into our box, we'll be happy to include them :-). I am touched by the responses given by fellow blogger mummies, friends and readers... they contributed some gently used items, but majority of the items collected were newly bought for this drive :-).

The collection process was spread throughout 2 weeks to accomodate logistics and timing issues... but the things collected were great :-)

- Stationaries - fleets of pencil colours (it's funny to note that nearly everyone who contributed includes this item :-)), boxes of pencils, boxes of erasers, a box of rulers, colour pens, a stack of write-erase boards, many stationery sets.

- Clothing - a stack of new tee-shirts, handmade fannel blankets, a pair of pink socks.

- Others - candles (for those nights where electricity is rationed), Dettol soap bars.

- Something to put smiles on the kids faces - boxes of cookies, packets of milk sweets, a stack of sand-art kits, water colour kits, toys and some kiddos' drawings :-).

All the above fitted snugly into this large box and sent to the children of Ishinomaki :-)
Some of the things collected though very useful, are too heavy to post over. It's impractical to spend postage fee that cost more than twice as much as the cost of the item itself. So, with the blessings from these generous contributors, I gave the packets of disposible nappies, bottles of talcum powder, May soap bars and toys to a local orphanage :-).

Many had also emailed to ask for the delivery address to Ishinomaki, and they have sent off the boxes on their own :-).

I would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful contributions :-). a mummy from a not so far away land roped in her friends, and she and her friends contributed a great variety of stationaries. Broccoli Ginger contributed money and this was used to pay for part of the postage fee :-). And to friends for coming all the way to my humble shack to drop off things, sorry, no petrol claims! (inside joke :-P).
The whole activity was really meaningful, and I'm so glad we are part of it :-). Thank you again thesleepytimegal for initiatng this drive. I'm sure the things that we sent over will make life a little easier for these kids in Ishinomaki :-).

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reanaclaire said...

Great work, Mama-s.. so nice of you all to take the effort..

Broccoli Ginger said...

Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity! :)

BoeyJoey said...

reanaclaire: The responses shown was great; I was truly touched by the contribution. There's really a caring heart in everyone :-).

BoeyJoey said...

Broccoli Ginger: And thank you so much for your meaningful contribution to this drive! :-D

Nicole said...

How awesome. I would love to share your beautiful story on my blog. Thank you so much!

The sleepy time gal

BoeyJoey said...

Nicole: And thank you again, Nicole, for sharing this drive with all of us. Beasides being meaningful, we had a lot of fun too :-D.


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