The next day we met Tom Felt's truck, heavily loaded with donations bound for San Isidro, at ACE Warehouse in Hayward.
|Delene Scrafford and Odette Mabalatan at ACE Warehouse|
Rhett (the driver), Odette (our shipping specialist), and four missionaries from the local mission office of the LDS Church converged in the late afternoon to unload the donations.
|While Elders Watson, Wilde, Fairbanks & Fahina unload, Odette & I pause for a photo.|
After unloading the trailer and truck bed, these missionaries helped us repack donations into approved shipping cartons.
Elder Read and Elder Chiu relieved the first crew of volunteers and worked very hard over the next couple of hours repacking donations.
By 8:00pm exhaustion set in, so we made arrangements to continue the job on Tuesday morning. Delene's friend Sheldon Teranishi arrived and, with the help of Epie and his friends, we managed to have everything packed by noon.
|Sheldon Teranishi (at left) helps load books and computers into shipping cartons|
At last, 61 cartons and 24 computer monitors are ready to ship. Within 3 weeks, all donations will have set sail on the Pacific Ocean bound for the Philippines.
Soon the children of San Isidro will have many new books to enjoy and, for the first time ever, have access to computers at school!
|Ready to ship!|
I cannot begin to express sufficient appreciation to the many generous people who donated time, muscle, vehicles, books, and computers to this wonderful cause.
I especially want to thank Tom Felt for providing transportation of the donations from Utah to California and Odette Mabalatan for donating free shipping from California to Manila.
We welcome any monetary donations to help alleviate the cost of nearly $3000 to ship these books and computers from Manila to the school in San Isidro.
If you would like to help, please contact me at email@example.com. Thank you!