Traveling Like a Socialite*

April 18th

Kelli with Moz kids

Have you heard the new John Mayer song on radio repeat?

me and all my friends
we’re all misunderstood
they say we stand for nothing and
there’s no way we ever could
now we see everything that’s going wrong
with the world and those who lead it
we just feel like we don’t have the means
to rise above and beat it

so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

Ha! I’m not waiting, and apparently neither are you. Thank you again for your out pouring of support for the Mozambique goody bag project. I have returned nearly 1,000 email during the last three days. If I haven’t gotten back to you, please feel free to email me again. As for now, I think my luggage has been filled and filled again with goody bags promised from all ends of the earth. It is especially touching to hear from mothers who’ve adopted children from orphanages and are working on these as a family — a cycle of goodwill.

A couple additional details:
~ A quart-sized bag is 7 inches by 8 inches
~ I now have a very generous volunteer who will shop and stuff goody bags for those who want to send $10 instead.
~ I am requesting return addresses so I can send you a thank you note. I’ll include a photograph from the distribution so you can see your kindness in action.
~ Have I said thank you? Thinking of these kids going through their goody bags, seeing the photos of faces from far away, smiling with joy at their new, simple possessions — I can’t wait. I didn’t think I could be more excited for my return to Mozambique.


*I’ve never been one to travel with an ounce more of stuff than I need. Imagine my staff’s response when they see me get off the teeny tiny plane with a dozen bags? Like JLo at LAX with trunks of Louis Vuitton, but instead me in Mozambique with overflowing Jansports. Ha!

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17 Responses

  1. Amazing! I am so excited about the response to this, Kelli. I bought my supplies yesterday, and I am planning to pack the baggies very soon, and send them your way.

    I *love* this picture. Saw it on Flickr too πŸ™‚

  2. I should think that seeing overflowing jansport bags filled with goodwill is a much more splendored sight. JLo should be so lucky to voluntarily do good without glitz and glamour in return…again you Rock!

  3. Kelli,

    Are you going to incur oversized/overweight luggage charges for all of the stuff you are taking? Can we send you money to help defray those costs?

  4. lots of love to you sweetie! i am so proud of all of your efforts. you are totally inspiring!

  5. Instead of us including return addresses, how about SASEs of a specified size? (To save you time and money). Or, I would be happy to just see the pics on your website rather than getting a personal note, esp given the gigantic volume of mail you might otherwise have to send out.

  6. Eva raises a good question regarding extra fees you might have to pay. Also, I agree with Jude. I’m happy with just seeing photos on the web.

    You should receive my ten bags in tomorrow’s FedEx delivery. I hope they help.

  7. i just need your address and i can get stuff together asap.

  8. Yes, I agree, no need for a personal note, you’re doing so much already! The pics of those smiling children on your site will be enough!

  9. Do you have a Paypal account? I’d like to send you $10 that way — much quicker and less customs problematic than sending a parcel around the globe. πŸ™‚

  10. What kind of work do you do at the orphanages? Is it your US job that send you to work over there? πŸ™‚ I’m curious!

  11. i agree with everyone else you shouldnt hussle with responding everyone back. just ut the pictures online πŸ™‚

    oh by the way, i have a question regarding washcloths.. i am planning to include this small white towel ones, they are soft and enough big for a kid. is it ok? i dont have time (because it takes long time mail to arrive there, i am in istanbul) to knit although i really do want to knit

  12. I’m excited about this too Kelli! My oldest son is picking out the bag contents. It’s such a great project & he wants to be involved too!

    If you need anything additional I’d LOVE to help so let me know, ok?
    Take Care πŸ™‚

  13. Jennifer DiGiuseppe April 19, 2007

    Yup…add our name to the “just see the pics online” list…that will be thanks enough! You rock!

  14. oh kelli, as usual, you are so wonderful.
    you inspire me for helping out in brazil.

    where will you be going to in south america?

  15. I’m so excited to be able to contribute and please just post pics on yr website, my goodness 1000 replies…that is great. My pack will be sent out this weekend. Also, please post if I can help out with any extra charges getting the packs over there, I would be happy to contribute.

  16. Kelli–what a lovely photo of you! I will be working on my bags this weekend. Hope you are doing well. Best, Steph

  17. Betsy Hall April 25, 2007

    I knew you would get an overwhelming response for your incredible idea! I sent off two boxes, yesterday, filled with the qt sized ziplocks. I had a wonderful time gathering the good things inside them. People everywhere helped me. Shops deeply discounted items, one woman standing behind me at the checkout simply handed me a handful of cash when she heard me tell the clerk what my purchases were for, even the local dentist gave me free dental floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste. It was an amazing outpouring of love and charity. You can count me in anytime you want donations. Thank you, Kelli, for what you do and the difference you are making in these children’s lives.