Ariel and I were able to do a great big supply buy today, thanks to all the donations coming in. We first went to Santiago to PriceSmart, which is similar to Costco, where we stocked up on bulk supplies. Then we went to a local supermarket in Puerto Plata where we bought smaller sized items.
The total list of items bought today includes: baby formula, baby bottles, powdered milk, canned corn, canned tuna, oil, soap, beans, salt, tomato paste, more beans, little canned sausages, more beans, more pasta, corn powder, liquid seasoning, bouillon, soup, crackers, dry beans, saltines, milk in boxes, oatmeal, juices (boxes and plastic bottles), matches, toilet paper, bleach, disposable plates, sanitary pads, baby food, spoons, and LOTS and LOTS of water.
Tomorrow we are going to the market where we will buy a massive sack of both rice and sugar and then break them down into smaller bags (it goes further buying in bulk). We are hoping to be able to buy medicines in the coming days as well.
All we can say is that we are so blessed by each one of you that has given and continues to give. It is a privilage to be able to be the "in-betweeners". We have already taken the items to church and continue to help with the plans for Thursday's trip into Haiti. If you are still interested in donating, by all means keep it coming. Don't forget that donations made this way can't be tax-deductible. As money comes in, we will continue to buy items to send. See the previous post for ways to donate.
Remember also about Kids Alive is still gathering donations which will be used to help Kids Alive, Haiti, as well as help bring in and maintain the Haitian kids in the coming week. You can donate, (Kids Alive is tax-deductible), to Kids Alive at http://www.kidsalive.org/ .
May God continue to pour out His blessings on each of you, we are honored to be trusted with this task.