Thursday, February 24, 2011
What Hope Looks Like
You know, reality set in on me last night as I was helping cut plastic sheeting.
Can you imagine giving birth to a baby on plastic sheeting? What a terrifying thought in my world of comfort and security of doctors, clean hospital beds and 5 hospitals to choose from in a 30 minute radius. Can you imagine?
I don't think the average American person gives birth on a 3x3 piece of plastic sheeting with 3 12 inch pieces of string to tie off the umbilical cord and whatever else needs tied off.
I also don't think the average American is planning on going to a third world country to see what that reality looks like up close - or experience themselves.
But we want to give hope.
We want to give tangible, practical, real hope to people who are suffering. People who are poor. People who are hurting.
And you have done that - times 87.
87 midwives will feel better equipped when they assist a new mom with the delivery of her baby.
87 moms will feel hopeful that they have cleanliness in their ballpark when they are delivering their babies.
87 babies will be bathed with actual soap and then swaddled in a lovingly crafted baby blanket - a blanket sewn just for them.
That's 261 people you are giving hope to. In every day life, in every day ways. Amazing.
Oh wait a second, I forgot to tell you something. :)
What I meant to say was that's 102 midwives, 102 moms and 102 babies - 306 people you are giving hope to.
I went to Target to get soap for this project. The Ivory was the least expensive. When I was looking at the shelves I only saw 60 bars of soap. I was purchasing the soap for the church initiative we were helping with (more on that later) and I needed 400 bars of soap.
I asked the Target team member :) if he had more soap in the back. He walked over to the shelf and said, "Well, how much do you need - there's a bunch back here." (Can you tell he thinks I'm crazy?) I said, very matter of factly for the full effect, "I need 400 bars of soap."
He looked at me and said, "Holy crap."
Then he walked back to his cart, pulled out his price gun thing and checked. No more Ivory in the back.
That's okay. I'll load up on Dial.
After I loaded 400 bars of soap in my cart I walked up to the front and asked for a manager.
He came out and started laughing when he saw my cart.
I told him what we were doing. He told me, "I can offer you 15% off." So, I got 15% off. Woohoo!
Because of that deal and a couple others, I was able to make your dollar stretch just a little bit further. And now we're sending 102 kits instead of 87.
How's that for a nice surprise??
I'm pretty excited. And thankful. Thank you. So much. I have been honored to participate in this project with you.