I don't believe in coincidence. I don't believe in chance. I don't believe that people are brought into our lives "just because". So many people have given us their time, talent and treasures that coincidence is incapable of justifying the goodness that we have encountered. We are left speechless in the face of so much generosity but speechless doesn't cut it so here we go:
To everyone that purchased tickets, thank you! And congratulations to Chris Harrington who won the IPad. She is not keeping it for herself but is giving it to her son, a U.S. veteran. Another act of generosity.
A thank you to A Donor who prefers to remain anonymous, he matched our raffle ticket sales dollar for dollar.
To the newly weds and former Peru mission workers Corazon and Edgar Rivera, thank you for the glasses. Instead of wedding favors, they donated reading glasses to the mission in their guests' names. Imaginitive and generous!
To VIDA USA and VIDA PERU: thank you for your assistance in getting us through customs! This is always the iffiest part of any mission and your willingness to assist us has alleviated many concerns! VIDA USA is also willing to establish a supply chain at no cost from their warehouse to the clinics where we work. This is a major step towards sustainable health care! www.vidausa.org
Eyeglasses. 270 reading glasses. 270 people that will be able to read, that will be able to thread a needle, that will be able to work with their hands. We also received about 200 prescription glasses that will be sorted and used. Thank you for your donations!
Help the World See; Adrian Tatarakis, Holy Rosary parishioner, thank your gifts of time, talent and treasure, you hit the "3T's"! Thank you!
Robin Okada; you are the first volunteer to have used crowd sourcing to raise funds. You showed us it worked and you were able to raise over $1000!
And Camelot Thompson, you brought 16 suitcases to our packing day and we used them all and your mom made 150 eye glasses cases, what a kind thought!
DRI; we could never be mission capable without your support. Your response to any and all phone calls and emails makes a huge difference in our ability to plan our missions. We spent a day packing and the medications will be hand carried into Peru with the assistance of VIDA PERU in customs. Once again, a tip of the hat to Kayla McCarthy.
And MedShare; you have provided supplies for our missions for over six years now. "Shopping" at your warehouse is better than any Nordstroms I have ever been in! Thank you for your continued support MedShare and Shannon Kuehnel.
Mobisante; before we knew about the gift from Knights of Columbus, you had committed to lending us a portable ultrasound machine. We are now bringing two machines with us and our ultrasonographer will be teaching and overseeing ultrasounds done by the local medical students. Thank you!
To our parishioners and Dominican community at Holy Rosary, your prayers, support and words of encouragement mean more than you ever know. Thank you.
We bring all of you with us, we will carry you in our thoughts, prayers and actions. Thank you.