Monday, November 25, 2013

What love looks like

I wanted to get a picture of the boxes before they got shipped, so I am actually glad I can't do math.  I tried calling LBC express, the company that will ship the boxes for free to the Philippines to Project Pearls ( for the relief efforts.  Nobody answered the phone and I called Saturday and left an email on Sunday.  I double checked the website over the weekend and they left instructions that the boxes had to be no bigger than 60 inches.  Well, I had measured these and they are far bigger than 60 inches. so today I called again and talked to someone who told me which of the LBC express locations near me is accepting donation drop offs.  It is about a 40 minute drive from me and I talked to the lady on the phone and she explained the dimensions of the boxes again.  I knew I was going to have to go out and get some more boxes to transfer everything into.  What a job.  The kids had done a great job of packing everything up and I wasn't looking forward to redoing everything.  Bummer.

I went to WalMart and bought 15 boxes.  I've never bought a shipping box in my life, but wanted to make sure I got the right size.  They had to be 60 inches, total.  The lady on the phone said 18x18x24 was perfect (for one side).  For some reason, that didn't register in my head when we measured in class last week.  I got home and looked at the boxes we had packed.  These things are 16x14x14.  What?  That's no where near 60 inches total.  They are way under size and are perfectly fine to ship.  Anybody need 15 boxes?  There's no way I'm taking them back :)  I will just have to fill them with more stuff :)  I can now pack one more box with quilts because it is too late in the day to drive--traffic is terrible this time of night.  So, I will pack one more box with quilts, get them ready and go in the morning.  It's a good thing because I tested out my new quilt with a nap this afternoon and it worked great!  I dreamed my daughters came home and found quilts all over their beds.  I woke up in a panic and sure enough, there are quilts all over my daughter's bed.  I need to get it cleaned off before she comes home for Christmas.  I delivered 55 quilts this morning to Nurse Family Partnership, but it didn't even make a dent in the pile on my daughter's bed.  I have another request for quilts for a local foster group giving quilts for Christmas, but it looks like I had better get busy getting these delivered.  They aren't doing anyone any good sitting here.


SewCalGal said...

Bless you for all you do to help others. You have such a giving heart and soul. Thank you too for sharing insights on the company that will help with free shipping. That is wonderful news.


jirons42 said...

You do amazing work. Surely makes me feel like the worst kind of slacker!