We were able to finally get the container with diapers and astro turf out of the customs department and up to Fort Jacques on Wednesday!
The transfer went pretty easy, but we had a large tax on the astro turf and I was not very happy. You never know what you will charged for something like this before it gets here. We are in the process of trying to get a franchise with the government so that we don't have to pay taxes on donated items. But this process is taking us a long time.
The diapers hopefully will last us for some time. We probably will still have to buy some large diapers because the sizes are all mixed but the most expensive diapers in Haiti are the newborn so we should be good with those for a while!
The astro turf which we stressed might be difficult to move really was not hard at all. A few men were able to move most of it easily. Our biggest problem has been moving the rubber pellets that go under the astro turf. The bags the rubber is in is tearing as we move it, so we are having to shovel the pellets from one truck to another for the journey to Fort Jacques.
We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to each person who has helped on getting this container to Haiti. Thank you to everyone in Michigan who cut, rolled, and loaded the astro turf, moved it for us, and made sure it got into the container. Thank you for donating your time and services. There were many items donated such as the astro turf, diapers, electrical supplies, etc. We could never have afforded to buy all of these things. Again, Thank you for your thoughtfulness. We also want to thank Tom Vanderwell for getting this container together and sent before his time with GLA was finished. Thank you Tom!
"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!' ....Matthew 25:40
Posted on Thu, July 24, 2014
by Dixie Bickel filed under