Thursday 4/29/10

May 3, 2010 at 3:38 am Leave a comment

Today was delivery day!!! After waiting all week to bring all the donations we had schleped to Argentina, we finally were able to bring them to the people they were intended for, the elders. Ariel had decided to take the day off from work and so met us at the hotel at 9:30 am. We still needed to pick up a couple last minute things that we weren’t able to find last night because we had to be back for the meeting. So we headed next store to the shopping center, and got two shower curtains (they had no curtains in addition to no toilet seats at Osvaldo’s homes), two shower rods to hang the curtains (one at San Martin in Cordoba and another for the home in Soto), and a cooking pot for San Martin. After we collected these final items, and still bummed we couldn’t find backless shower chairs anywhere, we headed back to the hotel to load up two taxis FULL, in the trunk and the car, of all the donations we brought from the States and the stuff we bought the day before. We squished ourselves in along with the bags, and headed on over for the half hour drive to the San Martin de Porres home in Villa Rivera Indarte in the overloaded taxi like sardines. When we arrived, Ruben, the adorable little man that was taken in by Osvaldo and raised as his own, was waiting for us at the gate, and the others were sitting out on the front patio in the sun. One of the first things I noticed is that all the elders, and Ruben, were wearing the same clothes they had on on Tuesday when we went over there the first time. This completely broke my heart. Osvaldo had told us that each person has a bath twice a week (!!!), but I didn’t inquire about the clothes. The good news is that we brought them a whole bunch of new stuff that they will be able to wear and enjoy comfortably. We had gone into the adjoining part of the house where they are slowly fixing the place to make more room for more beds and a bathroom as workers can volunteer their time, and they had bags of old clothes. But when I looked closer, I noticed they were all ragged and old and smelled of dank mold, so I’m really really glad we were able to bring them new stuff, and clothes of much better quality than they could buy there even if they had the money. We were separating all the donations we brought, when I took out a Columbia jacket someone had given, and Ariel’s eyes got so wide and he said that that brand is sooo expensive and good that no one in Argentina wears it. And if we’ve worn it and don’t have use for it anymore, we don’t think twice about giving it away. It really warmed my heart that we were able to provide such necessities, while at the same time being able to include some “luxury” quality items as well :)

So as we were separating things out for both the San Martin home and the Soto home, my dad went to work improving the bathroom with the things we had bought. He installed the toilet seat, put up the shower rod and hung the curtain, placed the foldable toilet chair over the toilet, and then put a bath rug down that was donated…I almost cried…it looked like a brand new bathroom and one that these people would have never dreamed of, and it was only a matter of a shower curtain, toilet seat and mobile toilet chair to really make these people’s lives easier and more comfortable.

Meanwhile, I put Eason to work stripping the beds of these overused, gross blankets and sheets that were all holey and smelled like they had been used and worn down for years and years. We remade ALL the beds with new, crisp donated sheets, comforters that these people have never dreamed of seeing, and pillow cases that weren’t almost see-through because of how long they’d been used. After we were done, I brought each elder in to feel and sit on their new beds, complete with bottom and top sheets, a comforter and a fleece blanket…I knew they would sleep good tonight and for the nights to come. The best part is that there were several extra pillow cases and sheets, so they could be switched out or could be taken to Soto. Must go now, my internet is almost out!

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