Not the Future - The Now!

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to talk to 400 kids (and their teachers) who believe very strongly in the now - and aren't waiting for the future.

What do I mean by that?   I mean that they are busy, as they live life in school, but they aren't waiting for the future.   They are making a difference for other kids and doing it right now.

I really like talking to kids who are willing to help "Right Now."   Not when they get older, not when they grow up, not when they have a full time job, but right now.

They are working to help GLA have enough diapers to fill the container that we're sending from Michigan. And they are going to make a big difference in it.

Let me give you a couple of examples of what these kids are doing right now.......

  • A 7th grader goes grocery shopping with Mom.   They pick up a pack of diapers to buy.   They get to the checkout lane and daughter says, "Mom, give me those diapers, I want to pay for them out of my own money."
  • An 8th grader is playing video games when Dad gets home from work.  Dad asks about his day.    Son breaks away and tells dad, "We had "some guy" come tell us stories about an orphanage in Haiti."   Mom says, "J, tell Dad what you are planning."   "Oh yeah, I'm going to take $50 out of my savings and buy diapers to help these cute little kids."
  • A kindergartner goes home on Friday and says, "Mommy, what jobs can I do to earn money?"  "Dear, what do you need to earn money for?"   "I need money to buy diapers for the babies in Haiti."

Those are three stories that I've heard since Friday.   Three kids who are thinking about the right now.   They see a need, they realize they can meet it and are doing that "Right Now."

Thank you to both of you, thank you to your teachers for giving you the opportunity and the example to give by.   There are children at GLA who will be better off because of you.


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2 comments (Add your own)

1. Cheri Vander Moren wrote:
Would you consider Buying Local, Buying Hatian? Partners Worldwide, based in Grand Rapids, MI works with local Hatian businesses as well as NGOs working in Haiti to see the impact of making local investment in Haiti, instead of shipping resources from abroad. Now only will donated dollars go further when purchasing materials like diapers in Haiti instead of from Meijer or Walmart here in the States, but the profit from the purchase goes into the local Hatian economy...providing jobs and income for families who are struggling to put food on their table. Please continue the great work you are doing in Haiti, but consider how you can Buy Local, Buy Haiti in the process!

Mon, February 10, 2014 @ 3:42 PM

2. Dixie Bickel - GLA wrote:
We have a 3/4 full container and need light weight products to fill it up before shipping. This is why we asked for diapers. I always buy locally even when it cost twice as much as importing them except for specialty formula for the preemies which we can’t find here in Haiti.

Food by itself is such a large part of the orphanage budget here and then when you add soap, toothpaste, diapers, soy formula, baby wipes, baby oil, etc, which is all imported by the local stores, it can be too much!

Unfortunately, the people who sell baby items are already wealthy businessmen and it’s really not helping too many of the Haitian population. These items are imported and not made here. If we could get a factory here that made diapers to come to Haiti...that would be great!

Mon, February 10, 2014 @ 4:24 PM

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