April 17th

pray before lunch

Internets, I love you. Thank you so much to the droves who responded to my call for goodwill goody bags yesterday!

The details:
1. Size/weight is important. I’ll be taking these bags with me in my one, giant duffel. Please make sure your goody bag isn’t larger than a quart sized Ziplock bag. I mention the Ziplock because even if you decide to package these in something the same size (which is great!) please consider still sealing everything in a Ziplock to minimize any spills.

2. Please do not include money. Thank you anyway! I have a long list of charities I work with, if you are interested in that regard. If you can’t participate this time around, no worries! I make trips like this about three times a year and am always bugging my friends and family for help.

3. Please don’t forget the card/photo and note. These must be in Portuguese because Moz is a Portuguese speaking country. You can translate your letter here.

4. Things to consider including: pencils, soap (they really need soap), a washcloth, a small t-shirt, bandannas, band aids, chapstick, hair ties, stickers, gum, art supplies, etc. Hotel-sized toiletries are perfect too. This will take some creativity considering the size of the goody bag. Such a great challenge!

5. Please do not include: any medication, money, razors, anything you wouldn’t hand your own 7-year-old child.

6. I appreciate those who want to send more than $10 worth of stuff in one bag. To keep things simple (and equal), I would appreciate it if you’d use this as a general guide.

7. I must receive these by May 18th. Email me and I’ll send you my address. Please include a return address!

8. If, for whatever reason, I receive too many of these, I can assure you they will go to good use. I return to South America to do very similar work in August. I’ll take any extras there.

9. Of course you can participate if you aren’t American. That was a foolish note in my previous post. I didn’t realize how many international folk stop by here; the more the merrier!


I think that covers it. I am so thankful for your generosity!


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51 Responses

  1. I’ve gotten some people at my job to help out with this too! YAY!

  2. Ooo. I would love to help out! This sounds great!

  3. count me in! i’ll pick these items up on my way home today–

  4. Kelli, I will be mailing you 10 bags which I am currently in the process of filling. I will include the knitted washcloths I made for my other good cause as the washcloths are ready to go and time is of the essence for your project. I’m just going to use plain quart-size baggies ’cause I was thinking that I would feel awful if some children got fabric bags and others didn’t.

  5. You look good wearing a sling, Kel.

  6. Tina in Santa Monica April 17, 2007

    Dear Kelli-
    Your picture of the day is so powerful and compelling. Art and beauty, haunting truth. I am absolutely stunned by this image. Here is an award worthy piece of art. As if in prayer, the child’s hands and searching expression are intensely memorable; yet my eye does not fail to observe the small holes in his shirt and the stark background of impersonable tile. Feelings of compassion come forward immediately and thoughts of humanity. I’d like to share this image with many people; I wonder if you would consider using it in creating some Christmas cards we could buy from you?
    Much love, Tina

  7. Beautiful photographs Kelli!
    Just a thought… won’t the gum taste like soap? This is how my mind works…
    I’ll be sending my bags off soon! 🙂

  8. Easy solution to those who want to spend more than $10 – make more than one bag! And thanks to YOU for organizing us and taking the bags over there.

  9. Hi Kelli,

    What a great project! We do a drive every year to provide children (in shelters, etc) with new, clean socks and underwear. I was wondering if these children need the same things? Maybe not the socks, but would underwear be an okay thing to include? Along with some fun stuff, of course!

  10. i plugged you on my blog yesterday. hopefully it’ll send more people your way. as always, i love the pictures you post from your trips.

  11. Hi, count me in, how big is a quart ziplock bag though, could you measure it for me in inches or centimetres, as I have no idea how big a quart is, we dont have them here. quarts i mean, we have ziplocks!

  12. Can you please give the measurements of a quart size bag in centimetres or inches – I can’t even find a measurement on the internet – we have no idea what that is over here!!!

  13. Kelli, My kindergarten class has already begun the project. Today we made cards and collected toothbrushes and toothpaste. Thank you for giving us this wonderful opportunity to make another smile.

  14. …and that is my favorite photo of you. Officially. Call it!

  15. To Hannah, Gwyn, et al: I just picked up some quart-size ziplocs, and there are 8 by 7 inches, or 20.3 by 17.8 cm.

  16. Thanks for organizing this Kelli! I love that picture of you with the kids.

  17. Ooh, packages. I’m in, too.

  18. Hey Miss K – EVER inspiring as usual!! I can’t do the ziploc thing this time round, great idea! However do you need funds for polaroid film or other items? I can paypal you. Let me know. Also, keep an eye out in the post for a little something in the next week or so, posted it airmail on Monday this week. x

  19. hello kelli
    great project. i want to send some bags. i am portuguese, lisbon located. what is the size of the bags in cms? is a ziplock bag is a bag that closes with a zipper?

  20. Hey Kelli —

    I’m in too. Send me the deets and I’ll send some bags too. I’d be delighted to do something!


  21. That is a wonderful photo – I’ll get my bag(s) off to you this weekend. I think my daughter will love helping me with this.

  22. Just saw this on Whip up and came over to say count me in!

  23. kelli – my kids and i would love to be involved with this project. thanks for the opportunity to serve others.

  24. Shannon Emery April 18, 2007

    I’d love to send a couple of care packages. Please send me your address and I will get them in the mail ASAP.

  25. you are so so amazing! i swear! i’ll get on it!

  26. Please send me your address and I will send a pack off to you asap! -Thanks

  27. Please sign me up as well!

  28. Please send me your address!

  29. Hi Kelli…..i am very interested in this. Please send me your address.. 🙂

  30. Please send me your address I would like to do this…

  31. I would like to send one. What a beautiful boy in your top picture.

  32. this is so lovely, please send me your address too so i can pop one (or two. or three!) in the mail next week. cheers!

  33. Hello:)

    I couldn’t belive how beautiful these last post were! I live in portugal… I would very much like to help send my own little bag! Could I? When are you leavng??? Mail takes about one week from here to the States i think!

    Also, i must introduce you someone who is just like you:) a wonderful girl from this blog! She usually goes to Lichinga in Moçambique as well:)

    big hug and thanks for being such a lovely person!

    Zelia Portugal!

  34. Oh! How silly, i read better now and see i still have time:)

    I was wondering, could i use this photo of you “babywearing” the baby????


  35. My family will be so excited to do this. I have a 7 year old daughter and I’m sure she will be touched. I’ll also pass this idea along to my home church for support as well. We just sent missionaries to Africa and this would have been a great idea for them; we’ll do it next time.

    God bless you!

  36. this project is such a bright spot in a difficult week. your work always reminds me of the good in the world.

  37. Thanks for this opportunity–I’d love to participate. (Found the link on Whipup.) Please send your address.

  38. What a fabulous thing you are doing – found the link through whipup and would love to participate. I’m putting together things already – just let me know where to send them!

  39. Maureen April 21, 2007

    I would love to do a bag. Let me know where to send it.
    Do you need little notebooks?
    Thank you for your work!


  40. I’d be happy to put one together. I found you through Whip up. Where should I send it? Connie

  41. Hi, I found this through Whipup and would like to send some packages. You’re doing great/inspirational work. Please email the address.

  42. Hello, I have about 20 sample-sized packages/bottles of Dove sensitive skin soap/body wash. If you would like these, I would be happy to send them to you. Perhaps you could slip one in a few of the bags you have already received? Email me your address if you are interested.

  43. my 4 kids and i would love to be part of this. can you send me the address we should send to, and by what date? thanks.

  44. Christi April 27, 2007

    My family wants to send you at least one… please let me know where to send it!

  45. Kay Wisniewski April 27, 2007

    Please send me an address to send the bag(s) to. Thank you for offering a small, easy concrete way to participate.

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  47. Mis Mary August 31, 2008

    Oh, I’m so sorry to have missed your deadline. Please let me when I can send goody bags for your next trek to Afrika!

    I am compulsive about knitting small portable projects and would love to help!

    oxox M

  48. Debora Hughes May 1, 2009

    Wow, this is amazing. I would love to help out by
    knitting up some washcloths. Please let me know if
    I can help? And where do I send thme?
    Deb Hughes
    Ontario, Canada