Quilt Surprise!

Trip Start Jun 28, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2014

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Flag of Philippines  , Eastern Visayas,
Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hello Everyone,
I spent my Friday evening gathering baskets full of supplies for the center, cups, silverware, storage tubs, cutting boards, knives, dish soap, cleaning brushes, towels and rags, and much more. When everything was boxed up I was completely aware that the box was #1 to heavy for me to carry and #2 to large to bring on the jeepney (not to mention if I took a jeepney I would have to get it in, out, and in to my apartment by myself.  So I asked the male store employee who packed the box for me if he could carry it to the door, and when I got to the door I waved down a waiting tricycle and asked him to help load It on the tric. Thankfully when we got to my apartment he was equally ok with unloading it for me too.                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday was a very happy day at the center. In the morning I met up with some coworkers at our office who decided they wanted to join me in Cangumbang for the day. After preparing a craft and accepting 40 boxed spaghetti meals from my amazingly thoughtful friend Cielo, we headed to VFV to pick up a load of supplies. I had to rent a jeepney because we had so many odds and end to bring to the center. From a bulletin board to our new stove from my Uncle Mike all the way in the States, to a water barrel to collect water for the center until we get our water pump. On the way out to Cangumbang we stopped at my apartment too, to pick up all the supplies I had bought the night before. 
The kids were ecstatic when we arrived, partially because we were in a jeepney and there were extra guests, but partially because of all the new goodies they eagerly carried up the stairs. We began with unpacking and the kids happily took control of washing all the new dishes and utensils, as well as marking VFV on each one. I wiped off the table and made sure things were put where they belong. Next we let the children enjoy their spaghetti meals, 40 of them received a meal and there were only about 5 of them who didn’t get one. Luckily, I had some nice big sweet bread rolls for them to enjoy. After cleaning up we had juice, round after round until the packages of juice mix were empty. It was so nice having 36 cups to distribute too!
 After the children finished eating we did an activity, the children were given all different colored squares which I told them to paste on a piece of paper however they’d like. The kids liked the activity quite a bit, although all of them wanted me to have the finished product (I still haven’t figured out what I can do with 50 children’s projects). I had to run out at the end of the craft and get John Joseph a snack because he was complaining his stomach was aching. I had all the children sit down quietly, when we finished the craft and let it slip that I had a surprise for them. I explained that the crafts they just made were a reflection of quilts, blankets made from fabric patched together. The kids went silent, possibly the most quiet I have ever heard them be. Then I shared our big news, a group of wonderful women back near my hometown of Sturgis sewed over 50 blankets for the children! They cheered at the sound of that, although once they quieted down Ryan Jay, one of the older kids translated because he said he was sure they didn’t understand but just clapped anyway ;) Another cheer burst out when they heard the surprise in Waray-Waray.
 I insisted that they stay in their seats and remain quiet while we handed out the quilts, and again they were beyond quiet and even clapped a little as each child came up to get his or her blanket. The kids gradually became more giddy about their new blankets, eventually perusing around the center with them draped over their shoulders like a cap or over themselves completely. I am so thankful for the women’s sewing group that put so many countless hours in to making the blankets special just for the kids. They were truly grateful to have such a nice gift!
 It was getting close to 5 by the time all the blankets were handed out so I told the kids it was time to call it a day.
 The community continues to exceed my expectations beyond belief, mostly the children. They are beginning to understand the purpose of the center and accept the rules in place. The excitement I had almost 1 year ago when I began fundraising, which I thought would die off after the construction was complete, continue to fester and I don’t see it ending anytime soon.


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Suzy on

Can you post the pictures/projects somewhere for everyone to see? If not, their homes would probably look beautiful decorated with each project too. :)

elsat on

The Paper Quilts you mean?

Suzy on


elsat on

We are going to hang them in the center! :)

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