Friday, 29 August 2014

Christmas Parcel Appeal

Today we are launching our Christmas Parcel Appeal.
Postage is the the only way we have of receiving the many items we need for our family, now that there are so very few tourists, specially from the UK,  travelling out to Watamu for their holidays.
Those who planned their visits would always bring so much for us, often  an extra case, in the way of clothes and other necessities for our children. Without these donations our stocks are quickly being depleted as we keep up with a kids who just keep on growing!.
We know that we had asked you, before this crisis arose, to cut back on parcels because of the import duty we were having to pay on everything received.  
Some of kindly continued to post things, paying the import duty as well as stomaching the high cost of postage.
The most recent parcels to arrive,  full of lovely things, have come from our friends Brenda Groves and Pauline Royle and will be kept for for Santa's storeroom
At this time our Parcel Appeal really is a case of needs,  must if our 84 children are to have a happy Christmas and we know that you will respond,as you always do, with love and generosity.
Mama has given a lot of thought to our Christmas list and is asking you to send items that are of practical and educational use to our children - the novelty of having something new to wear, of their own  that isn't a hand-me-down, never wears off. 
Even our smallest children love to parade around like fashion models!
An exercise book with a couple of HB pencils, a rubber and ruler makes a welcome gift; simple science experiments, make-and-do craft sets for boys and girls, softcover books (fact, fiction, sport); educational dvds for PC ( any subjects but especially science and French) or other learning aid.
Summer weight clothing (you should be able to pick up some bargains now) is required for particularly our older boys and girls where we have the greatest shortage, also for all other ages too. 
And that's the nice thing about finding a sales bargain for our family,  it doesn't matter about size as it's sure to fit someone!
Items most wanted include:
Trousers, shorts, cropped leggings (our teenage and pre-teen girls really love these), knickers, underpants, boys T-shirts and short-sleeved shirts, dresses. croc type shoes, starter bras,  girl tops and skirts,
Our children are always busy playing together, making their own entertainment, that they really do not need any more toys than we already have.
Every single item you send is greatly needed and will bring so much joy to a child on Christmas day.
Parcels should be posted to Sue Hayward's Happy House, PO Box 796, Watamu, Kenya, East Africa.
These are difficult times, and your love and kindness means so very, very much.
Thank you.
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