I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti last week, and oh my word. It was a life changing experience. If you’re thinking that sentence sounds just like what EVERYONE says when they go serve in a 3rd world country, just know I am thinking that even more. I hate being like everyone else (except for loving Starbucks), but honestly I can’t think of a better sentence to describe my trip.
My heart broke watching children balancing heavy buckets of water on their head. Their bare feet covered in mud and blood; skinny bodies covered in dust and little else.
I helped my team distribute food and other bare minimal needs (that I take for granted every day!), and the people who received them were so ecstatic, as if those bags carried a thousand bucks instead of beans and rice.
I came home promising up and down that I would never complain again. I may or may not have broken that promise already, but Haiti certainly puts a lot of things into perspective. Like, do I *really* need that extra pair of blue scalloped shorts I bought in a larger size in case I gained weight? (Hopefully not).
I also came home telling everyone about my trip, and discovered that most people really want to go serve in Haiti. That made me so thrilled (there is hope for humanity yet!). Unfortunately, not everyone has the financial means to travel across the world and stay for weeks ministering to needy people.
Calm down, it’s not time to start a gofundme site, (thank goodness). I want to help you, help Haiti, and that is what this post is all about!
With some imagination and diligence, you can look around your house and find some unused items that would be perfect to send to Haiti.
Everyone’s mom has extra pillow cases floating around; turn those babies into summery dresses, and make a little Haitian girl’s day!
Click here for the Pillow Case Dress tutorial: PillowcaseDress
I brought a few pillowcase dresses that I taught my Sewing School to sew, and these little girls at an orphanage were so excited.
Do you have an ever-growing stash of fabric invading your personal workspace? (Please tell me it’s not just me!) Make a Haitian Hair Wrap! They’re a huge hit for Haitian women. The sun beats down on their hair all day, and they want to look pretty just like we do.
Click here for the Haitian Hair wrap tutorial: HaitianHairWrap
These two tutorials feature projects that can be made in ½ an hour or less. What better way to welcome those rainy spring days than one spent sewing for someone in need?
Other Ways to Help
It’s important to honor the Haitian people with the gifts you send. A half-hearted gift of ratty leftovers will not portray love. That said, leftover clothing is still a wonderful way to donate! I can’t think of how many times I’ve ended up dumping perfectly good clothes at the Salvation Army.
If you have:
- Nice short sleeved/sleeveless/quarter sleeved t shirts, tank tops, shorts, capris, sundresses and skirts*
- Men’s swim shorts (anything that is quick drying is ideal)
- Workout shirts and shorts
- All kinds of shoes, especially sturdy flip flops- the kind with the nice soles, not the cheap 99 cent ones.
- Crossover bags
- Unused cosmetic/hygienic products
*Keep in mind that this is a HOT country. No one in Haiti needs ice skates or fuzzy coats. If you donate something that you’d wear or use in the beating heat of day, most likely it will be perfect for Haiti.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Mail all sewn items and clothing/other donations to:
1747 Bethlehem Rd.
Paris, KY 40361
I will be sending them to Double Harvest; a mission facility started by my Opa VanWingerden located just outside of Port Au Prince.