As we were passing out socks the workers were coming up to me and asking about our story. and were so pleasantly surprised when I told them about our project. Here were some of their FAQ:
"Did you buy all these socks?"
"No, my friends, family, and their friends and family all bought these socks and sent them to me and we bagged them and brought them to you"
"Did you make this logo, for us?"
"Yes, we made these notes for you"
"You even have a website?"
"Yes, we do you can go there and read all about our story and how the socks got here"
"This is just amazing", they would say. Please tell your friends and everyone who donated "THANK YOU!"
As the crowd died down we loaded the rest of the boxes into the storage bins to be handed out on Thursday and Saturday. Gloria told me all of those socks will be gone on Saturday. I was SHOCKED! I thought these would last at least a couple months! I said well, the good news is I have another delivery coming next week. You see since we stopped bagging socks last night approximately another 1,000 pairs have come in and there are still more on the way! I don't have final numbers yet, but after our next bagging party (Which is Thursday if anyone is interested in helping) I will have a final tally. Till then we will all have to wait in suspense, including me.
Gloria got really excited about the second shipment and said she couldn't wait to have us back! Later on in the afternoon when I got home I received an email from our website. It was from one of the ladies that had received a bag of socks, here was her email:
Name: Jennifer Ayres
Subject: Mary's Kitchen
:-) Thank you for your visit to Mary's Kitchen today.
It was ironic because this morning I had to throw away a pair of socks I love because of a hole in them. Then, you guys showed up and gave us new ones today. :-)
Anyhow, just wanted to let you know that you are appreciated!
Jennifer and Lorenzo
It was so amazing to be able to look the people in the eye that we were serving, shake their hands and pour love on them through a smile and a bag of socks. But I did not go there alone, I brought all of you and the love you shared with me, and I know they felt it, and in the end I feel like I am really the one that got the gift.
This day has been incredible. It is better than I dreamed it up to be, and none of it could have happened without YOU. I am SO grateful for each one of you that has participated in this dream of mine. One of the things I love the most about this project is that it proves that when a bunch of people come together and do just a little bit, it can have a huge impact.
Thank you again for your generosity, love, and support to love on those that need it and making this my best birthday, EVER!
Stay tuned for Delivery, part 2!