The Package Arrived!

March 11, 2008

I got the sweetest email today. I got an email from the manager of the Believe in Me III school where Gracie attends preschool. The package I sent full of books arrived. She took a lot of photographs of Gracie with the books and some little hand drums I put in there. The smile on her face was worth every minute searching for books in thrift stores, standing in line at the post office, and paying a small fortune to ship the books all the way to China. All worth it. I like the photos of her reading the book and holding the drums in each hand haha. I still have two more packages to send that are full of toys & art supplies. I’ll be sending them later next month or so.

Gracie & her new books

Gracie & her new books

Gracie & her new books

Gracie & her new books

Go here to see the rest of the photos, there are 16 total.

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Gracie Update

January 22, 2008

Hello everyone! Today I got a new update on Gracie. I got two pictures and a report of her progress in school. I think these were taken on Jan 7 and Jan 8 based on the photo’s file name.

 

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The first picture looks like she just came in from the cold! She second picture she looks much happier (she she is standing in front of a Christmas tree).  I am very happy to say that her report is great and she is really improving.  It says she loves coming to school, she is now talking with the other students, is participating, she knows basic shapes, colors, and can count to ten! In her first report most of the columns were checked off in the “unable or never” column. Now most of her checks are in “confidently or improving”. This makes me so happy. This shows how important our fundraiser was and how much help it has given her.

As you may know, I have a shop on Etsy. I have been working on a special handbag and $10 from every bag sold will go towards Gracies next sponsorship so she can stay in school. Right now I have seven bags made but I need to sewn many more! When I put them on Etsy I will make a post about it.

Also, I still have not sent the package. With the holidays I was unable to pay for the shipping cost. I think I will be shipping everything a little at a time. This way it won’t cost so much up front.  I’ll let you know in the next post.

Package Complete!

December 29, 2007

Today I finished shopping for Gracie’s preschool. Many thanks to Connie and Francesca for each sending a box of goodies for the children. When I decided to do this and LWB said they really needed books, I made my main objective to find books. Well I ended up doing a little more shopping! But I spent lots of time in local thrift stores sitting on the floor flipping through pages of children’s books looking for good ones. I got good deals and ended up with 34 books and spent less than $10! Here is a list and photographs of everything I will be sending to the preschool.

– Nine puzzles consisting of pictures, numbers, and shapes
– 24 little buckets of play dough
– pencils, markers, crayons, paint, paintbrushes, and stamps
– 6 hand drums
– 6 play sets containing kitchen/food toys and a doctor set
– 4 containers full of foam stickers
– 2 containers full of foam beads
– flashcards
– 6 scissors
– 12 rulers
– a clock that is also a puzzle
– a book of 700 stickers
– 34 picture/story books

Pictures – click for larger sizes
More Books

Books!

More goodies

Pretend Food & Play Sets

Lots of Goodies

Now I have to find a way to ship all of this to China without it costing a fortune haha. I’m going to try and work out a deal with the lady at the local shipping center. Wish me luck!

Christmas Card

December 24, 2007

Love Without Boundaries sent me this special card. I scanned it so you can see/read it too. The cute little mitten was painted by Gracie. She must be a minimalist painter ;). I’m going to put some ribbon on it to hang on the tree. It’s very special having something she made at school. Thank you to all who participated in the fundraiser. Have a great Christmas!

(click them for a larger view)

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Gracie got a new coat

December 13, 2007

Copy & Pasted from the LWB Blog, “As it has gotten colder here in the US, it has also gotten colder in Anhui, China. Just in time for the changing weather, every child participating in BIM III are sporting brand new coats to keep them warm. As you can see from the smiles, I think they like them! Thank you education sponsors for keeping these children comfortable so they can experience the gift of learning. You make it possible!” Below is Gracie in her new blue coat!

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I am still accepting donations for her preschool. Please read the previous post for details.

Gifts for BIM3

December 7, 2007

Believe In Me Three is the preschool our Gracie is in. I have asked Love Without Boundaries if we could send a package of goodies to the students. She said yes! Here is a list of items that would be good for the children:

  • early childhood books. They recommend ‘Wild Animal Baby’, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear…”, “Fish Eyes”, “I Like Me”, “Rosie’s Walk,” “The Foot Book,” “Green Eggs and Ham”, and counting books. The books can not have religious, political, family or wealth mentioned in them. Lightweight paperbacks are best. Choose books that are age appropriate for preschoolers. Also pick books that aren’t very wordy because the books get translated.
  • puzzles
  • lacing toys
  • a Judy clock (certain type of teaching clock)
  • shapes for sorting
  • graphing tools
  • fine motor manipulation
  • pretend items (food, dress-up, anything)
  • play dough
  • cutting tools

Places like the dollar store, discount stores, and Target’s dollar section are great places to find school supplies and small toys. Consignment/Thrift stores are great places to find inexpensive books, just make sure they are in good condition. eBay and Amazon also have books for great prices and you could get the item shipped directly to me.

If you would rather donate money and have me do the shopping & shipping that would also be great. You can click here to donate via PayPal.

If you want to include items in the package you can email me at craftforchina@gmail.com. I will give an address to ship your things to. Then I’ll combine everything and ship it to China! When buying items try to find things that are on the smaller size and are lightweight. I don’t know how expensive it is to ship to China so lets make it as light as possible.

Grace!

November 26, 2007

I just got a new photo of our Gracie. This was a photo taken when LWB visited the preschool in early November.

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Updates from LWB

November 21, 2007

I have received two emails from LWB with updates on both programs our sponsored children are in. Read the rest of this entry »

New Photo Of Gracie

October 27, 2007

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LWB received this new photo of Gracie this morning and emailed it to me. Isn’t Gracie sweet. I love her little smile.

Gracie & Kyle

October 9, 2007

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These are the two children we have sponsored. Kyle is now able to have a foster family and Gracie will be able to attend preschool. Both children are two years old. I was able to choose a name for Gracie and I choose her name because it means blessed. I feel that it is a blessing we were able to raise so much money for her and Kyle. This is the info that was on LWB’s website when I sponsored Kyle, “Kyle is a sweet little boy who needs to have the chance to grow and thrive in a family. Kyle has had his cleft lip repaired, but he needs to concentrate on gaining some weight.”
This is Gracie’s info, “This lovable two-and-a-half year old girl from Anhui is ready to start attending the new Believe in Me III Preschool. She is so ready to learn a lot!”
Today I was given the first report on Gracie. In this report it says she is 3, she must of had a birthday.
There are rules on what can be posted about the children, to protect their privacy. I will not be posting the full reports on the children. It does say she walks in line to the beat of music and she likes collecting toys dropped by other children. How cute! It will be interesting to see how much she improves when I get the next report.

Love Without Boundaries had this to say, “Along with LWB’s Assistant Education Director, I will be traveling to Believe in Me III in early November and hope to get lots of pictures to share when I return! Your sponsorship has allowed a wonderful child this opportunity at education. Thank you so much!”

I will be posting again when I get updates on the children.