As most of you know, I have been able to collect donations from the folks back home to take the kids from the Niños Del Sol children’s home (formerly Casa De Milagros) shopping for new coats and shoes. Many of you gave, and a few people came back every payday to give a little more.
What you can’t imagine is how touched and grateful the kids and their caregivers are for this random act of generosity they’ve received from total strangers. I will try to show and tell you in this post, because Craig and I were showered with love and appreciation that really belong to all of you, and I need to try to pass those feelings along. The kids are simply dumbfounded to know that somewhere, some strangers cared about them.
The entire weekend was like one big party.
The excitement of the shopping trip was palpable. These kids don’t get to shop for their own clothing very much, they inherit a lot of hand-me-downs. So did I, so I know how they felt.
We walked to the market. One of the girls, Luisa, caught up with me and held my hand for most of the walk. Viviana, who gets around pretty well in spite of having had polio as a child, took up the rear and kept an eye on things.
I was impressed, again, by how well the kids worked together to choose a movie to watch first. They chose Alice in Wonderland. One of the boys carried in the big TV and DVD player, because the dining room is the only space they have to gather in right now. While they were all watching the movie, we slipped out.
We took Viviana and Avishai out to dinner in the nearby village of Pisac to thank them for their hospitality — but once again, we got more than we gave. Getting to know the two of them has been the most amazing experience.
I’ll post more about them in Part 3, when I talk about Sunday’s activities. Meanwhile, I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for what you’ve done for these children.
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