Tuesday, March 04, 2008

We Started Packing Everything Up...

Well, tonight was interesting and fun to say the least. We began as a family to pack up the Starfish donations. First of all, we removed the tags from the clothing so they they don't appear new. This can keep Amanda from having to pay a tax on the boxes. We pooled together, all of the medications, oatmeal, Craisins, coats and shoes so we can divide them up between the boxes so that if one is lost, there will be similar items in other boxes.
Tyler removed the oatmeal packs from their boxes and put them into Ziploc bags for easier shipping and he helped me remove tags. Tim was in charge of sucking the air out of the spacebags (he loved that) and taping up the boxes. Zach carried some things downstairs for me. I folded everything up and got it organized.
All in all it went well, but the hubs and I don't agree on how full the boxes should be. I have been told not to overpack them because if they burst along the way, all of the contents will be lost. Tim is a pack rat and can't bear to have a spare centimeter in the box..so we had a few 'discussions' about it. I think we've found a happy medium.
After 3 hours, I think we're about 30% done. We have 4 boxes filled. I'll try to take some photos of us packing tomorrow night. We're getting a pretty good system together. : )

21 comments:

LaLa said...

Mine is in the mail..hopefully it will get there before the 'send off' Sorry it has taken so long.

Mob said...

That is a big job. 3 hours and only part way done...Wow, thank you so much for doing all of this!

Steffie B. said...

wow....you are awesome!

OH MY #6 said...

Just plain wonderful people you are.

Lea

Sophie's Mom said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing!

Kelley said...

Such a big job! I wish I was closer so I could come by and help! What a wonderful service you're doing!

Alyson & Ford said...

This is such a great thing! I know you might not like to hear it BUT you guys are WONDERFUL folks to give your time, energy and talents to this labor of LOVE... Awesome. Truly Awesome.

peace
fm

Yoli said...

You are such a good soul. You touch my heart.

sweet-P's Mum said...

AWESOME JOB!!!

You really rallied a huge amount of people and goods for Starfish!

Amanda will be so swept away!

I emailed her with information on getting a Robeez donation for her Foster Home. We already did one for Paisley's SWI so I couldnt go and ask them for more myself, but hopefully she will get 20-50 pairs of Robeez for the children in the next few months!

Hayley

Cyndi said...

Thats great that you have your whole family helping you. Its a big job and we are so thankful for you doing it. I would love to see Amandas face when she gets all the goodies.

Dolores and Shawn said...

What a big project! Congratulations on a job well done.

Jewels of My Heart said...

That is just so cool! What a difference you all have made.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Your header looks quite festive. hehee
Thank you again...

nikki said...

Your family ROCKS!!!!

Patricia/NYC said...

Whew!! That's a really big job, but it sounds like you have the perfect team to help!!

Way to go & thanks for doing all of that!! YOu guys ROCK!!

~Amy~ said...

You are doing such a good job with all of this! You are truly a blessing! I miss you...I'll be back to my normal blog routine starting Monday... I hope you are doing good! :)

April said...

How wonderful. I love Starfish. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad you found me and that I found you. Can't wait to see the pictures.

jennifer said...

Sounds like quite an operation! You are so awesome to do all of that.

Sharon said...

You are absolutely amazing and what a fantastic project for your family. I wish I had your abiblities to give that experience to my family! One of these days, maybe I can figure it out! lol

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I say that the kids should ask you for a wage... hehehe... hey, what can I say... I am on their side... lol

Carolyn said...

Yikes! I'm guessing Canada Post hasn't come through for us yet, or its getting hung up at Customs. I worried about that. I have the tracking # at work that I'll check tomorrow. Maybe you'll be able to scrabble together the late-comers!