The joy of packing for someone else

I hate packing. Really, and I’m terrible at it too. I always end up with a huge overstuffed suitcase with few of the things I actually need when I arrive. This preparation is definitely my least favorite part of any journey…

So I’m starting to experience the usual angst about packing for my trip to Haiti in a couple of weeks. For this trip, though, I can set aside some of the agonizing over flip flops and bug spray, because I get to pack for someone else! That’s right, I’m packing a second bag full of goodies–first aid supplies, educational and art supplies and toys for the kids we’re going to meet in Haiti. It lightens the psychological load to think that this whole bag of “stuff” won’t come back home with me. And I’m so excited to gift it to children who are attending the schools we’ll be visiting or participating in art therapy programs we’re working with, as well as other kids we meet along the way in tent camps and orphanages.

My bag is getting full, but if you’d like to help me stuff it with some more new or gently used kid-friendly items, e-mail me at tohaitiwithlovedc@gmail.com.

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