Re: Please give to the abused and neglected kids at the Cleveland Christian Home this Christmas!
I just placed the order for the Christmas gifts. The total spent was $419.10. (Invoice is attached below)
As you can see on the PDF attachment I ordered most items in groups of 3. There are usually 40 kids living at the Cleveland Christian Home at any given time so buying 1 of each only makes the volunteers job harder in deciding how to distribute the gifts. Maria had provided to me a list of items the kids had requested so I focused on those items.Here is what we bought:
Tile Lock Scrabble (Total 3)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BH ... 00_details
How to Draw People (Dover How to Draw) [Paperback] (Total 3)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/048642 ... 01_details
Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter - Yellow (Total 1)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004A8 ... 02_details
Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter - Red (Total 1)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004A8 ... 03_details
Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter - BLUE (Total 1)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TV ... 04_details
The Candy Shop War [Paperback] (Total 3)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159038 ... 05_details
Fablehaven Complete Set (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison [Paperback] (Total 3)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/144242 ... 06_detailshttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003M6 ... 00_details
Markings by C.R. Gibson Brown Ruled Paper Bonded Leather Journal, Small
Pentel Arts Oil Pastels, 50 Color Sethttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026S ... 00_details
Top Flight Sketch Pad, Heavy Back, 8.75 x 12-Inches, 50 Sheetshttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003I8 ... 00_details
Strathmore 400 Series Pastel Pads 11 in. x 14 in. sheets pad of 24http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024K ... 00_details
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball XL Hoophttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046S ... 00_details
Thanks to those of you that got involved this year. It means a lot to me personally. I mean that.
I feel fortunate to be a part of BookTalk.org and to have this resource available. If I had the means I would do so much more. But together we are doing a lot for those kids.
I was hesitant last year to share some of my story but to some extent it was therapeutic for me. Opening up last year gave me the strength to share a bit more this year.
There really isn't a way to summarize the sadness of living in a home for children that nobody really wants. My goal is not to make people feel bad but if I don't share the reality of what that institution is like for those kids then people just aren't going to donate. It is an awkward position to be in. My ultimate goal is to get some great gifts into their hands on Christmas morning and I think we all did that. So I appreciate your generosity more than words can express.