BREAKING THE BANK
It turns out Lincoln had quite a bit more than I realized. Between chores, collecting coins, and dollar bills that his grandparents occasionally give him, Lincoln has $19.84 in his piggy bank. We had a lot of fun shaking the coins out and counting it. Actually, we got to having a little too much fun. By the end, Lincoln and Harper were throwing coins around the room like Jack Nicholson’s “Joker” in the old Batman movie. But after the frenzy subsided, I asked Lincoln an important question.
“Lincoln, I know you’ve been saving up for that Hot Wheels truck with all the cars in it. You know if you buy this bed, you’ll have to wait a lot longer to get that truck, right? Is that okay with you?”
The questions didn’t seem to phase him. Truthfully, I’m not sure he realizes what he’s sacrificing. That may be a lesson he’ll learn the next time we go to Kohl’s and he wants that Hot Wheels truck. But it reminded me that truly giving and loving always requires sacrifice. It’s one thing to raise money for a fundraiser. It’s another thing to give up all your money to see it happen.
Between Lincoln’s piggy bank, the kindness of donors, and a friend who gave him a twenty at church Sunday, Lincoln has raised about $350. It’s looking like our best route will be hiring a courier to buy and take the bed to Keekorok. Expenses will include travel, lodging, a few meals, and a fair payment to the courier. Plus, we’d love to support Tangawizi’s family in a more long-term fashion. So donations are still welcome and very appreciated. We’ll post more details soon. Honestly, it’s been difficult keeping up with “thank you’s”, responding to people with info, and our normal family schedule. Also, if you want to follow Lincoln & Tangawizi’s story, I plan to update this blog 2-3 times a week. You can subscribe by entering your email in the “free words & music” box to the right. (I promise you can unsubscribe later if you want!) We do have a friend in Nairobi who has offered to be a courier! Working out the details. More soon…