Boxes, Blankets and Babushka

Today was spent with the Canadians, interpreters and drivers loading trucks, vans and cars and delivering food and family parcels in and around the region.  We have made a big dent in the gym and we will continue to deliver all week.  I spent my day in the gym, helping sort boxes and organising the deliveries.

Again this year the Chernobyl Quilters, led by Mary Bernard, made over 100 beautiful hand-made quilts and we have the pleasure of presenting them to children and families in need. Since I was in the gym I was able to meet many of the families that live in Chausy and are able to pick up their parcels, which gave me an opportunity to deliver some of the quilts.

Here a mom poses with her daughter who picked out a brightly coloured quilt.

This little fellow was very excited to pick out a quilt with Continue reading

Waiting Ends, Wheels and a Wedding

At the end of the day on Friday we finally received permission to deliver our parcels.  They had been in bond until this point and we had been waiting for this permission all week.  Now we are open for business and the work of delivering has begun.  We had people phoning local recipients to come in and pick up their packages if they were able and we had many vehicles starting to make trips to various villages in the area.  There are a lot of documents that need to be accurately completed and signed so our central “office” has been established in the gym at School #1 where the boxes are stored.  Here are Lena, Nina and Natasha (with Andrei) keeping track of everything that leaves the gym.

One of our first customers was Natasha who received a brand new Continue reading