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In the Heat of School Supply Packing

Posted by robinkw on August 12, 2015
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Volunteers packing KKIS bags for Cristo Rey School.

Volunteers packing KKIS bags for Cristo Rey School.

The space in which KKIS volunteers are packing supplies this year is much larger and air conditioned. Gayle Collins, KKIS founder, has donated much of her living space to the cause, but the number of students we plan to help has also increased significantly. The 200 bags we packed and delivered last weekend to primary school graduates filled the entire spare bedroom bed and floor space. We wondered where 1,000 more bags, once packed, could be stored for delivery the first days of school, Aug. 24 & 25.

Bed and bedroom filled with KKIS bags.

Bed and bedroom filled with KKIS bags.

So, we began collecting plastic vegetable crates that could stack. My husband has a man who comes once a week to wash our new car out on the street. He rides his bike around town looking for work, so we asked him to be on the look out for plastic crates and offered to pay him for their delivery to our front yard. They began to arrive a few at a time and we stacked them up at headquarters for use this week. Then one day he arrived on his bicycle with 10 crates tied together with plastic bags and draped over his shoulders! Another day we heard that there was a stack of them available as it was vegetable delivery day at WalMart and ran to pick up 17 crates.

242 bags of school supplies packed and stacked.

242 bags of school supplies packed and stacked.

The result is pictured above. Bags of supplies for the Cristo Rey school neatly stacked, grades 2 – 6. There is still more packing to do, but stacks of empty crates stand waiting for use in the living room. Next, we need to work out transportation to get them to the schools and volunteers to help distribute August 24 and 25.

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