A co-worker recently gave me a big bag of bags! Apparently Subway restaurants use small string bags or Velcro closure bags, printed with popular cartoon/sports characters when they sell a kids meal. Thanks to my friend’s generosity, I am now the proud owner of several dozen really cool bags!
At first, I was just going to store the bags away until my next trip to the Dominican Republic… but then I had a brainstorm! Why not put the bags to work until it’s time for the trip??? That’s how the MISSION BAGS concept was born.
I’m going to seek volunteers to fill the bags, starting very soon. My goal is to have each bag out for about 2 months at a time, then returned to me filled with OTC medications and hygiene supplies. Below is the instructional letter that will accompany each bag.
Thank you for collecting donations for my next medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. By putting wish list items in this MISSION BAG, you will be helping many of the hundreds of people we will serve in the remote, under-served villages of the western Dominican Republic in May, 2015.
The charity that I work with, Solid Rock International (www.solidrockinternational.org) or SRI, is a reputable, American-based, non-profit organization with the mission of: Transforming the body, mind, and soul of the poor in the Dominican Republic.
The idea of the MISSION BAG is for you to buy one or more items from the wish list with each visit to the grocery or discount store. Keep the bag in an obvious place in your home, so you will be reminded to add to it regularly. By August 31, or when it is full, return the bag to me. I will add your donations to my storage boxes and will prepare the MISSION BAG for another donor to fill. The donated supplies will be combined with those collected by other missionaries in my group, and distributed by our medical team in each of the four village clinics that we will set up and operate during the time that we are in the country.
Eventually, the bags themselves will be taken to the Dominican Republic and used to hold gifts and school supplies for students whose education expenses are covered by SRI sponsors.
Keep this letter, and the receipts for your purchases, as documentation of your charitable donations. Your tax preparer should be able to advise you on whether these expenses will be tax deductible.
This mission work is very important to me, and I thank you for your kindness and support of my passion.
Laurie A. Camper, R.N., B.S.N.
Here is the wish list that will be attached to each bag:
81 mg chewable aspirin
Body Lotion- for very dry skin (Curel, Keri, Gold Bond)
Children & Adult:
Vitamins (not gummies)
Additional Items Needed:
Large suitcases (new or used)
Shoes/Flip Flops (all sizes/new or used)
Brown lunch sacks
Zip top sandwich bags