Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Scratch That!

So, I spoke with our nanny, Tamara. I guess there was a mix-up. When I first spoke to her about Brown's Town Infant School, I thought she said there were 60 students. And I really thought it would be great to provide each kid with a backpack stuffed with needed supplies. When I went to double check with her a few days ago, I learned that there wasn't 60 students. Instead, there are 360 students!! Woah. There goes my plans for individual packs.

So, while its not straight back to the drawing board, it is not quite what I envisioned. I'm still going to take as much as possible. I've created a Sign-Up Genius page to help people see what is needed and what needs have already been filled. Please check it out and help if you can.





Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 1 - $50
Bag 2 - $50
Bag 3 - $50
Bag 4 - $50
Bag 5 - $50
Bag 6 - $50
Total shoe count: 2 (0m, 2w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
0 pairs of men's socks, 16 pairs received
4 pairs of women's socks, 0 pairs received

Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees.
Visit our GoFundMe page - 
http://www.gofundme.com/afj10shttp://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
Visit our SignUpGenius page www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A622A64-soleful 
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases  twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Monday, July 7, 2014

First Shoes Donated!

Yahoo! Yipee! Yee-ha!

We have received our first shoe donations!

(Ok, well technically I received these shoes a couple months ago, and they have just been sitting in my garage. 1 - I finally got around to getting them out of the garage and into the bins in my basement set aside for Jamaica supplies. 2 - I wasn't focusing on our Jamaica trip since it was a bit far off. )

Anyway, thanks to Melissa Stringer for the two pairs of shoes!




Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 1 - $50
Bag 2 - $50
Bag 3 - $50
Bag 4 - $50
Bag 5 - $50
Bag 6 - $50

Total shoe count: 2 (0m, 2w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
0 pairs of men's socks, 16 pairs received
4 pairs of women's socks, 0 pairs received

Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Visit our GoFundMe page - http://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Needs For The Trip

I project this to be a pretty good list of the items we will be needing to make this trip successful. Can you help?


9 extra large suitcases. They need have wheels and pulling handles and be sturdy enough to make a one-way trip to Jamaica. These bags will not be coming back to Kansas City. Do you have an extra suitcase in your basement? Or come across one at a garage sale or thrift store?

70 pairs of adult athletic shoes. These shoes need to have some life left in them. They don't have to be brand new, but if you don't want shoes because you've worn them so much they have holes in them, probably no one else does either.

140 pairs of adult athletic socks, ankle length. These need to be brand new. The amount of men's vs woman's depends on the amount of shoes we receive. But we always try to give 2 pairs of brand new socks with each pair of shoes.

65 cinch style back packs. These are very light weight, flat, and easy to transport. They also work as great backpacks. Do you have some leftover from a company event? I don't mind if they are advertising a product, as long as its okay for kids. Don't have 65? Thats ok. I'll take what I can, get where I can get it.

65 boxes of 24-pack crayons. I'm hoping for seven donors. Six donor would buy 10 boxes of crayons, and one would buy 5.

65 pairs of child scissors. I'm hoping for seven donors. Six donor would buy 10 pairs, and one would buy 5.

65 packs of pencils. Six donor would buy 10 boxes of pencils, and one would buy 5.

130 pencil grippers - enough to give each child two grippers.

30 packs of blue or black ink pens. These would be broken up so each child would have a few pens.

65 rulers, 12 inches long.

65 boxes of markers, the 'fat' kind in 8 primary colors.

65 boxes of colored pencils. The kind that comes with 12 basic colors.

65 kids books. These can be purchased from Scholastic for $1 each on their monthly book orders.

65+ glue sticks. Enough for each child. More would be a bonus!

Good job / Gold Star stickers. These can often be found at the $3 bin at Target and have 1000+ stickers.

Teacher supplies - Pens in blue, black, and red inks. Classroom decorations like colorful charts, large ABC cards, bulletin board supplies, a stapler and staples, chalk (small for writing on boards and sidewalk size requested).

Classroom/Library books.

10 soccer balls. These can be purchased de-flated for easy traveling.

10 jump ropes.

Finally - the means to get all these supplies to Jamaica. In the past we have flown AirTran, and been charged $50 per suitcase as baggage fees. Southwest Airlines is purchasing AirTran. Currently I'm not sure what the baggage fee costs will be. We do have the cost of hiring a large van to get from the airport to our hotel. ($100) We also have to hire a taxi cab to get from our hotel to Brown's Town. ($50) If you'd like to help with these costs, let us know.

Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Visit our GoFundMe page - http://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Year, New Trip, New School, New Needs!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Soleful Suitcases!

I know, I know. Its been almost a year since we were last in Jamaica. Its been almost a year since I updated this blog. But, honestly, there hasn't been much to update. We got home, shared our trip, and went about our business. However, a new trip is in the works. We are headed back to Jamaica in November 2014, and we are starting to gear up for our trip.

In the past we have adopted Servite Primary in Brown's Town. While this is still a great school, we have donated to it twice, and want to share our love with another school. So, at the suggestion of Tamara, one of our lovely friends, we have decided to adopt Brown's Town Infant School. They serve roughly 60 children ages 4-6 in a pre-school type environment. They have asked us for the basics - crayons, pencils and pens, markers and colored pencils, scissors, rulers, good job/gold star stickers, classroom decorations and charts, books for the children and school library, jump ropes and soccer balls. I'd like to, with your help, make this happen. My vision includes a back pack of some kind for each child, stuffed with a book and some basic school supplies. I'd like to give the school some of the other items they are asking for. And I'd like you to help. Will you?

My thought is I post a wish list here, or maybe use something like Sign-Up Genius. I say I need 6 people to donate 10 boxes of crayons, 10 packs of pencils, etc. You get the idea. You purchased what you commit to, and somehow get it to me. A few of us get together in early November to stuff the packs and get them into suitcases. And off we go. Sounds easier than I think it will be, but I believe it is possible to complete.

Along with the school, we will continue with the original purpose of this - bringing adult athletic shoes and brand new socks to those employees of the hotel we stay at. Those people continue to work hard, day in and day out, to provide for their families, just like we all do. Help me give them a hand up. I'm already starting to collect shoes. Please make sure there is some life left in them.

As always, please feel free to 'like' our page on facebook to receive updates in your feed. Share our page with your friends and family. Or if you think your business or employer would be interested in helping out, connect us.

Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Visit our GoFundMe page - http://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Shoe Delivery!

On July 16, 2013 we were able to share 65 pairs of shoes with the staff at our resort in Jamaica. I can't begin to tell you how fun this was. Trevor told 2 people, I told 2 people, and 30 minutes later all the shoes were gone. Folks from maintenance, laundry, house keeping, nanny/childcare services, bar & waiter staff, and baggage services all got shoes. It was so rewarding to see smiles and thanks from so many different people.

But what made it even better was the next day to see the improvement in footwear. And the small 'thanks' and smiles/winks we received. Trevor and I are so thankful and blessed to be able to share your shoes and your love to this little slice of the world.


65 pairs of shoes in our room, separated by sex.









                                                                           


 
 All of these people, and more, were so thankful for your shoes. So many smiles at one time!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Shoes and Socks Update & A Break Down of the Numbers

I've started to organize the shoes and socks today. This means sorting them out and matching them up, sorting by sex, and marking each one with a card that says sex and size for easy distribution once in Jamaica. I'm also going through and setting aside a few of the pairs that have been worn more than others. With limited space, I try and take the best pairs first, and then when extra space allows I fill in the gaps with the more worn shoes.

With that said, here is a break down of some of the numbers.

Current shoes collected as of Thursday, July 4, 2013.
46 Women's and 23 Men's shoes.
28 Women's and 16 Men's socks.

There was $81 donated to the www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases account specifically mentioned for sock use. With that money I ordered 30 pairs of men's socks and 50 pairs of women's socks from Amazon. With tax, the amount spent was $81.75. Set arrival date is Tuesday, July 9.

Adding those socks on order to the current totals leave us short by 14 pairs of women's socks.

Also received at the GoFundMe page was $80 to cover the cost of children's books purchased at a local thrift store.

$75 was set aside for baggage fees.

$80 was donated for general use. I think that will end up going towards baggage fees as those will cost $330 and only $115 was donated, leaving that $215 short. If I use the $80 here, I'm only short $135 for baggage fees.

We are also in need of suitcases. We received a couple, but still need at least 3 large suitcases. If I don't get those donated in the next day or two, I will be heading to my local thrift store to see if they have anything large enough. Suitcases run $15-20. If you don't have a suitcase to donate, would you be willing to cover the cost to buy one?

Thanks to each of you for your support on this trip. My family and I are excited to head out in the next couple of weeks and share your shoes and your love to our world. We are proud and blessed to be able to be the givers of your gifts.                                                                                                                                 





Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thank you Cheryl and KC Express!

Since Saturday, donations have really come 'running' in! Last night I was at the monthly meeting for KC Express and receive 16 pairs of shoes and 26 pairs of socks. Thank you to everyone who brought stuff.


A few days prior to that, Cheryl left 3 pairs of shoes and several school books on my porch.


Saturday brought socks from Tracey and shoes from Lori.
 









I feel so blessed to have friends who are willing to help out and make this donation trip a possibility. Thank you!

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Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 4 - $35 SPONSORED By Diane Douglass
Bag 5 - $35
Bag 6 - $35
Bag 7 - $75 SPONSORED By Bill Hart!!
Bag 8 - $75
Bag 9 - $75


Total shoe count: 73 (30m, 43w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
60 pairs of men's socks, 16 pairs received
86 pairs of women's socks, 28 pairs received

Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061