raise money for South African orphanage
Brenna has been kind enough to invite me to go with her this summer. We will be traveling to Mthatha, South Africa to volunteer at the orphanage. It was our hope to bring with us to Bethany needed items such as: band aids, rubber gloves, coloring books, crayons, water color paints, pre-school toys, soccer balls, kick balls, children’s toothbrushes, children’s toothpaste and rubber gloves for the workers. The students at Prairie Elementary School made a commitment to help out the children of Bethany. The fundraising began on May 9th. I presented a slide show to the students to kick off the fundraiser. Then a container was placed in each classroom. The students in my classroom also planned a baked food sale and sold old movies and books. It was a hope to raise a couple hundred dollars for the children at Bethany.
As of this date, the children and their parents have contributed a little over $3,000.00 dollars to assist the orphanage. It is truly amazing to me. The real story in this is the community of Cottonwood. Over the years, this little community has “adopted” this orphanage and contributed thousands of dollars. The giving never ends as the people here have such large, giving hearts.
I have contacted those in charge at Bethany and they are truly touched. Obviously, our little fundraising effort has gone far beyond what we had originally planned. They have need of the finances for some larger projects on their wish list. Brenna and I will be able to be a part of the decision on what the funds will be used for once we arrive. I feel so very fortunate to be entrusted with the funds from this community and even more to be able to travel there personally and help by volunteering. We will leave on the 25th of June. The day before we leave all funds will be transferred to the Bethany Account. If anyone wishes to contribute, there is an account set up at Wells Fargo Bank. It is titled Bethany Fund in care of Joan Riggers.
A closeup of the students and another picture showing the wall behind them.