It is been more than a month but I am still on a high. Our visit to Saint Rita Orphanage is definitely one of the highlights of the first half of 2014. It all started when I was sorting the items for our garage sale. There were items like a well-loved baby bolster pillow and 3rd-degree hand-me-down baby blanket that I did not have use for but it did not feel right to sell them. I was not comfortable giving them to preggy first-time-mom friends because these items, although still useful are not as cute as they used to. What to do? What to do? And then a lightbulb moment. Why not donate? Soon, almost half of the baby and toddler items that were supposed to be for sale, were transferred to the “donations” box. I mentioned in one of my blog post of my plans of visiting an orphange. Leslie contacted me thru FB and said she wanted to join. We asked our online group, Newlyweds@Work, if anyone wanted to donate. Last June 22, a total of 10 families went to orphanage with us.
Maybe around 15 more were not able to come but gave donations in cash and in kind. You know who you are. Thank you! Special thanks too to Unilab for the medicines and URC for the noodles.
I am so amazed at what a small commited group can do. Wednesday before the scheduled visit, I got another lightbulb moment. What if we have friendship bracelets that our kids can give to the orphans. The bracelets would make great reminders to our kids and to the St. Rita kids of our outreach activity. I got that idea at around 11PM. By the next morning, we got so many pledges for loom bracelet donations from our N@W sisses. We received so many that we still have a lot left for maybe 2 more orphanage visits. To this day when Aki wears his red and blue loomie, he remembers the new friends he made that day. The one he remembers most is John Bosco, a 3 year old boy with cerebral palsy. Every night, Aki and I pray that God sends loving adoptive parents to the kids of St. Rita. Please include them in your prayers too.
This is Aki chasing a little boy named JR.
Let me give you a tour of the orphanage. St Rita is home to 13 babies with ages 6 months to 1.5 years old and to 8 toddlers from 2 to 5 years old. Most of the kids were abandoned in the hospital where they were born.
This is how the place looks like from the entrance.