The long, hot summer

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It seems like it’s been a long, hot summer since I first asked for help to release a truckload of Irish donations to the needy ones of Belarus — back on July 15th.

I would much rather be sending you photos of people gratefully receiving help all across Belarus — this is what we do, with the help of friends like you!

But here’s pretty good news: 46 generous friends have given a total of $7041.33 against the goal of $7232.38. Thank you to all who gave (some more than once)!

 
I have high hopes that the final $191.05 will be given by the Sept. 8th deadline — to release the final $1293.41 in aid — and we can all celebrate!
 
Thank you so much for hanging in there with New Thing this summer!
 
Much love,
Doug Brendel
 
 
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Hello!
We are exactly 19 days away from the deadline, and exactly $1500 away from the goal.
If one friend gives $78.95 each day between now and the Sept. 8th deadline, we’ll make it.
We’ll be cutting it awfully close, but we’ll make it.
 
If you’ve already helped, thank you.
If you can help today, thank you.
If you need a reminder of the details, here’s the original message I sent out about this situation in mid-July:
 
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For years, an Irish humanitarian group has been donating aid to Belarus through our “Response of the Heart” team.
They’re awesome.
They actually collect the goods, load their own truck, ferry it across from Ireland, drive it to the border.
Then “The Great Kozovaya” gets them through customs, they offload everything at our warehouse, turn around and head back.

A 5-day ordeal, one-way.
All as volunteers. Twice a year.

But the economy in Ireland has been shattered. They’re in an extreme recession.
So our Irish friends have collected $48,963.21 worth of goods (8.25 tons), and loaded it into their truck, but they literally don’t have the funds to make the trip.

For gasoline, the ferry to the mainland, and basic expenses to keep the team alive during the trip both directions, takes $7232.38.
But if we could give them this amount, it would release the entire shipment of aid to needy people all across Belarus.

Every $1 we give them will release $6.77 in aid for the people we love in Belarus.

There are huge rolls of carpet and fabric, incredibly valuable construction materials, furniture, baby strollers, toys, footwear, children’s bicycles, 169 boxes of clothing, and more.
All strictly designated for Belarus — this stuff can’t go anywhere else.
But if the transportation costs aren’t met by September 8th, all of this aid will have to wait for the next available travel time on the volunteers’ schedule — 6 months away.
They already missed the May 2014 window, simply for lack of funds.

I know this is a lot to ask.
But this opportunity is tremendous — turning every dollar into $6.77 in actual, practical help for the needy ones of Belarus.
So I hope you can help.

A $50 donation releases $338.50 in aid.
$25 becomes $169.25 … A gift of $100 turns into $677.
Whatever you give today will multiply by 6.77.

Please help if you can.
(The little girl in the photo is Dasha. She says “Spasibo!” … Thank you!)

And I thank you too, for journeying with us.
Much love,
Doug Brendel

 
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Not stranded … by the numbers

Just a quick note to update you on the status of the Irish volunteers’ truckload of donated aid designated for the needy ones of Belarus.

Individuals or households who have donated toward this opportunity: 29  (One couple gave twice! Thank you all!)

Total donations so far: $4842.38 

Total need: $7232.38

Value of goods on the truck: $48,963.21

Weight of goods: 8.25 tons

Value of every $1 given toward this project: $6.77

Days it will take the Irish volunteers to get to Minsk: 5

Number of days before this opportunity expires: 22

Months the shipment will be delayed if the deadline isn’t met: 6

Goods on the truck: huge rolls of carpet and fabric, incredibly valuable construction materials, furniture, baby strollers, toys, footwear, children’s bicycles, 169 boxes of clothing, and more

I’m trusting this aid will NOT be stranded on a truck in Ireland for another 6 months, but set to go by September 8th!
If you haven’t been a part of this yet, please help today.

Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

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6 babies

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A baby is a treasure.

But in a place with more deaths than births, a baby is special cause for celebration.
Belarus is one of those places. With the death rate outpacing the birth rate, Belarus is losing population.
So when you see a little child, you see a country hanging on for dear life.
There are 6 baby-strollers on a truck in Ireland, designated for Belarus.
Somewhere in Belarus, there are 6 new mommies who can’t afford a stroller.
I’d like to give each of them a brand-new donated stroller.
To celebrate life.
To say to Belarus, “We are with you in spirit.”
The truck is stuck in Ireland, with a total of 8.25 tons of donated goods (worth $48,963.21) —
toys, fabric, children’s bikes, furniture, shoes, and more —
for lack of funds to make the trip.
13 generous friends have given a total of $1,427 toward the $7,232.38 need.
I am grateful.
If you can help, please do so now.
Every $1 given will release $6.77 in aid to needy people in Belarus.
The deadline is 33 days away.
If the money isn’t there by then, the Irish volunteers will miss their window of availability.
Then the truck won’t be able to go to Belarus till May of 2015.
And the babies will be growing up.
Thanks for whatever you can do.
Much love,
Doug Brendel
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