I Feel Like Walking the World

April 20th

frenchie bag

The new Amy Butler Frenchy pattern. It is fantastic! Love the shape, the directions are clear and the size is just right.

I am officially calling a close to NEW REQUESTS to help with the Mozambique Goodwill Goody Bag request. If my calculations are right, I’ve had more than 1,000 offers for goody bags and more than 2,000 people read about this little project. Simply amazing! If you have received my mailing address by email — I can’t wait to see what you send. If I haven’t sent you an email, I will be traveling to South America in August. If you are interested in sending a goody bag to a child in Bolivia, let me know. And thank you!

{Updated: To be clear — if you have contacted me this week and offered to help, I hope you will! If you are just reading about all of this for the first time, I think I’ve got this round covered.}

The FedEx man delivered two huge boxes of goody bags yesterday. Already! Thankfully I am traveling with two friends who have volunteered generous space in their luggage for this project too. And by “volunteered,” I mean I called them and said, “Um, you know how you get a carry on and two pieces of luggage? You just get the carry on.” Thankfully they are interested in shopping and are happy at the thought of two empty suitcases to fill and bring home. This solves my problem of paying up the wazoo to get all of these supplies abroad. Mozambique doesn’t have a postal system in Beira. Shipping isn’t an option.

To answer one more popular question: I am going to Mozambique because I work in international health. I work for a small nonprofit. My role is establishing and managing public health projects in four countries. Mozambique is our only African project site at the moment. {The average life span in Mozambique is just 37 years, meaning entire generations are missing. HIV, poverty, cholera and malaria are the top culprits. Our projects attempt to bring families out of the miasma of disease and give them a shot at a healthier life.}

Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for my job. I am blessed! Thank you again for your kindness.


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23 Responses

  1. iddin’t get my goodie bag in under the cut off! darn it! i hope i wil be able to help next time. let me know what i can do! and the bag…awesome i tell you!

  2. Nice choice of colors for the bag!

  3. I’m with Heidi, I missed the cut off. I’m very interested in helping on your next trip, definitely let us know.

  4. I love your new Frenchy bag–it came out beautifully and I love your fabric choices. My pattern for the French bag, the skirt, and the hat arrived but I’ve not gotten around to making them yet–so many things to try, so little time.

    Got your email that my FedEx package arrived for Mozambique. I am so excited that I was able to help in some small way with this truly important mission.

  5. You’re my hero. When are you running for prez of the USA? We need you.

  6. P.S. Once I find a job over here in France, I’d be more than happy to donate to your cause.

  7. What an awesome response! I’m not surprised those. Everyone I’ve encountered in the blogosphere has been beyond fabulous! I am looking forward to filling my ziploc bag for you this weekend. You rock girlfriend! Have a great weekend! (love the bag btw)

  8. Great bag. I have the pattern and fabric waiting for an extra couple of hours.

    So glad the response was so great. Can’t wait to hit the store for goodies to fill mine up.

  9. I’m so happy you’re action is such a success!
    Thank you and your friends for taking all the goody bags to the children that deserve them so much!

  10. i’m in for your next trip. i’ve been collecting sample size stuff so i can send you as many goodie bags as possible for your next trip.

  11. I’ve sent you 3 bags in the mail. They left yesterday and should be there I think next week. I’m interested in Bolivia as well. And glad to have found you on the web.

  12. I would like to help out with your Bolivia trip and possibly the kids in my childrens classes,too.

  13. Your new bag is awesome!! Count me in to help with the goodie bags for Bolivia. You are doing wonderful things for those kids.

  14. the bag looks great!!! I see you made the short handle version.I’d like to help with the bags for Bolivia. I could even write something in spanish if you need. just let me know.

  15. I’m so sorry to have missed the cut off time. But will be joining you with Bolivia. What a wonderful work you are doing for all there.
    I love the bag, really gorgeous!!

  16. Love, love, love the Frenchy bag. Off to buy the pattern and make my goodies bags for the kids. Thanks for doing this – to repeat some wise words above….you rock!

  17. love the new bag! and hurrah for the great response… this makes me so happy!

  18. Hey kelli.
    I would love to send a goodie bag for Bolivia, too. I got your email and address last week about the ones I’m sending for Mozambique.

  19. LOVE your bag Kelli!! And I’m so happy to I can help in this project 🙂

  20. Wow! What an amazing response, that really puts a smile on my face to read. I missed out (was kind of out of commission last week after messing up my back) but put me on the list for Bolivia!!

  21. When I first read about this, I thought you wanted people to send $10, not pack a bag….so then I began to prepare to go back to Kiev (I was in the states) and realized we were supposed to pack the bag, and didn’t have time. Long story short. My spirit is with you but my flesh is weak in participating! I am glad so many are helping you and I am glad you are sharing about your work and heart on this blog. It is encouraging! Blessings!

  22. drat. i missed this round, but will try to send you something for your trip to Bolivia.