Friday, October 8, 2010

4 Haiti with Love

4 Haiti with Love

I know that you all remember the horrific destruction that left Haiti in shambles after the massive earthquake that hit them on January 12th of this year. Despite the lack of news coverage in the months since the height of the crisis there are still so many people there that are struggling every day.

4 Haiti with Love

So when my uncle told me that he was returning to Haiti with the Global Aid Network (GAIN) I knew that it was our chance to do something for the children even if it was something as small as sending little notebooks with stickers and crayons.

notebooks

So the kids got busy cutting fun papers to make our plain old dollar store notebooks look really pretty, added some cute little stickers...

4 Haiti with Love

and I started measuring and sewing lengths of elastic into loops that would securely hold crayons inside them.

4 Haiti with Love

I had seen this project done on another blog and it was such a great idea. So I measured out a 6.5 inch piece of elastic for the piece that would wrap right around the notebook and marked 6 lines on it in the center that were spaced 1/2 an inch apart. Then on a smaller 4.5 inch piece of elastic I marked another 6 lines on it that were 3/4 of an inch apart. Placing the shorter piece of elastic on top of the longer piece I just matched up the lines, sewed, and created the little loops. I then attached the two ends of the longer piece together to make the band complete.

4 Haiti with Love

With the elastic loops complete we were ready to place one on each of the notebooks...

4 Haiti with Love

and start filling them up with crayons. The measurements worked out perfectly and the crayons were nice and snug in each of the loops.

4 Haiti with Love

Each of the children wrote special little messages inside of the notebooks and they were ready to get packaged up and shipped.

4 Haiti with Love

Luggage space was limited so we made 50 sets of the notebooks which ended up filling one of the giant warehouse sized cereal boxes and boy was it heavy!

We shipped it today and it will be on its way to Haiti with my uncle very soon and into the hands of the children that he and his fellow medics help during their stay. I pray that they will bring many smiles to the faces of the little ones :)

Hugs,
Rosina

3 comments:

debbiedas said...

Oh Rosina - this is such a beautiful thing you have done. I've no doubt the Hatian children will love it. It is so sad that the news coverage of this natural disaster has slid to the background when there is still so much suffering going on. What wonderful lessons you are providing for YOUR children. xo

Angela said...

I think this is so wonderful! They turned out super cute, and what a fabulous project for you and your children to do together. Good work Mama. :)

Rosina said...

Thank you so much Debbie & Angela :) It has proved to be a great lesson for my children and they have been coming up with new ways to help other children which just warms my heart :)