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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

look how far a little love can go

My husband, Eddie, is on the board of CTT and has made a trip to SMK to volunteer. He works tirelessly behind the scenes here at the CTT office (our den) and is one of the greatest advocates the children could ever hope to have.

When his team at work decided to raise funds for a charity, one of his colleagues suggested CTT. Together, they pitched the idea to their supervisor. Different teams chose different groups to support, and, happily, Eddie’s supervisor and entire management team loved the idea and got behind CTT 110%.

Over the course of the next three weeks, all members of the team were encouraged to bring in stuffed animals, art supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste, books, pencils and other goodies for the children at SMK. Some people made cash donations. Eddie would come home from work each day and describe the growing number of items, how they were filling up and overflowing various spaces in the office.

I don’t think I really had a clue until he sent me this photo from work yesterday. The drive had ended, and he and some others had arranged the donated items so everyone could admire the good deed their division had accomplished. That’s Eddie on the left. On the right is his enthusiastically supportive boss, Ja Rita, with her boss, Ben.

Can you believe it?

It was easy and made everyone at Eddie’s office feel so good. Now we just have to figure out how to pack all of this in our duffel bags for the next trip to Uganda. The children will have a very special day when these gifts are delivered.

Here’s the beautiful thing: it’s not just the flip-flops and the coloring books. It’s that people here in America, people who don’t even know them, did something very special for our kids. That’s what will ultimately mean the most to Wasswa, Mourie, Ambrose, Elijah, Shine, Mary, Sarah, Petra, Fred, Rashid, Enock, Erias, Queen, Kiefa and all the others.

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