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how to help global volunteers without leaving home!
One of the biggest trends in travel, especially for baby boomers, is the idea of volunteer vacations. Michael and I did this last summer at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, and our good friends, Ruth and Dan, are heading off with Global Volunteers in a couple of weeks to work on the St. Lucia Project.
This is perfect for Ruth, who runs the amazing Cranium Crunches, because it focuses on brain development in children. Research shows that poor nutrition and persisitent parasitic and diarrhoeal dissease adversely impacts children’s brain development, affecting generations to come. Global Volunteers’ groundbreaking program focuses on 12 Essential Services to change this and to raise the IQ of an entire country.
“I love the idea of volunteer travel,” says Ruth. “It fills so many needs and gives all of us an opportunity to leave a piece of the world enriched for us having been there.”
I know the children of St. Lucia will be enriched by having Ruth and Dan there.
Ruth told me about all the items the people there are lacking, and I want to share these lists with you so maybe you can send a box of some of them to her to take with her. It says volumes that the first two things on the list are hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
Please take a look, and see what you can pack up in a shoebox or flat rate box. There’s also a special SPA day program to give the caregivers some much-needed “me” time, and I bet all of us have extras in our own drawers that we can share with women who really need them. Just imagine what would make you feel good for a little pampering — body lotions, face and hand creams, nail polish, massage oils — and send them along.
It’s so easy to make a difference, and I hope you’ll put together a box and send it by February 7 to Ruth Curran, 4901 Morena, Suite 308, San Diego, CA 92117.
Spread the word and ask others to get involved just be Tweeting this:
Needs for children’s programs:
Markers, large tip (permanent)
Heavy duty scissors
Long tube socks, donkey eyes, sewing kits
Blank paper- colored paper
Acrylic poster paint
Bath rubber books
Large print picture books
Fabric & wadding
Games and puzzles for 0 – 13 years
White boards, size: 11 X 17 inches
Beads and lace
Finger/ hand puppet
Thumells, measuring cups
Needs for the women’s projects:
Crochet hooks (different sizes)
Crochet thread (wool, metallic, cotton)
Fabric cloth glue
Knitting pins (size 9)