Will you help us?

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Frank, through his job, has an opportunity not only to meet a variety of people, but to touch their lives. This reality is what makes his time away from us bearable. He does not do the typical job you would think, but like many in his field he tries to make a difference.

On his recent trip out he had a box of things that the kids and I sent to give out to those he interacts with. From the way he talked I gathered that handing out those toys was the best, and the most heartbreaking, part of his trip. Most children there don’t have toys. They might have one soccer ball for an entire village. A simple toy was a luxury to them. Being able to make the lives of the local children brighter is important to him, and it is important to the kids and I.

Each month we will send several boxes to him that are for the locals. (I have to mix these items in with what I send him). Last month it was toys, in May we will send shoes. Most of the children and adults do not have shoes. While this is normal, the locals live in squalor. Frank has seen an uprise in amputees, and after asking around he discovered one reason is due to various infections people contract from the filth. We take shoes for granted. We take cleanliness for granted. I alone have 6 pair of sneakers, and I rarely wear them.

If you have shoes you are tossing please consider giving them to us. I realize there may be people here that you would rather give them to, I respect that. If you want to join me in helping some people halfway across the world, it will mean everything to our family. It is okay if they are worn. On Frank’s last trip he gave his personal boots to a colleague whose shoes had fallen apart. He was extremely grateful, and anyone Frank is able to touch with a pair of shoes, new or used, will be grateful too. For security reasons I cannot tell you where the shoes will go, but I can tell you they will be given to people that truly need them.

About these pictures: Frank said, “I am able to find signs of America everywhere I go. I am also able to find beautiful things that remind me of home. It helps.”

Frank, through his job, has an opportunity not only to meet a variety of people, but to touch their lives. This reality is what makes his time away from us bearable. He does not do the typical job you would think, but like many in his field he tries to make a difference. On his recent trip out he had a box of things that the kids and I sent to give out to those he interacts with. Being able to make the lives of the local children brighter is important to him, and it is important to the kids and I. Each month we will send several boxes to him that are for the locals. Last month it was toys, in May we will send shoes. Most of the children and adults do not have shoes. While this is normal, the locals live in squalor. Frank has seen an uprise in amputees, and after asking around he discovered one reason is due to various infections people contract from the filth. We take shoes for granted. We take cleanliness for granted. I alone have 6 pair of sneakers, and I rarely wear them. If you have shoes you are tossing please consider giving them to us. I realize there may be people here that you would rather give then to, I respect that. If you want to join me in helping some people halfway across the world, it will mean the everything to our family. It is okay if they are worn. On Frank’s last trip he gave his personal boots to a colleague whose shoes had fallen apart. He was extremely grateful, and anyone Frank is able to touch with a pair of shoes, new or used, will be grateful too.

About these pictures: Frank said, “I am able to find signs of America everywhere I go. I am also able to find beautiful things that remind me of home. It helps.”

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*update* We have packed and sent shoes, clothes, and toys. It take time to get to Frank, and when he is able to give then out I will update again! Thank you to those who have helped us make a little bit of a difference, halfway across the world.

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