PET MO-Columbia update 12/27/11

Yesterday was tour day here at PET as four different volunteers
brought their holiday guests by to see PET Place and better understand
what they as volunteers do. The daughter of one was an ex-Peace Corps
volunteer who had worked in Sierra Leone, where we have sent so many PETs.

It is good to see the “Aha!” that comes to the visitors as they gain a
fuller understanding for what their friend or relative has been doing at
PET. Some even leave checks.

(The shop is officially closed for the week, but volunteers can come and
go. Kathy)


*** As I write, Roger Hofmeister and Don O’Bannon are taking 42 PETs, 24
sewing machines, and two pallets of sewing fabric to a nearby warehouse to
be shipped by ACTS (A Call To Serve) for their work in The Republic of
Georgia. Georgia is one of those satellite states that withdrew from the
Soviet Union in 1991. As the Russian troops withdrew they sacked the
country, taking even the wiring from the walls of such buildings as
hospitals. Columbia, MO, is a sister city to Tablisi, GA, and has provided
a major amount of help in rebuilding their health care system. I traveled
there with iodized salt and $9 million of medicines–on a new C-17 plane.

PET is proud to be a part of enabling some of their leg-handicapped
persons to receive The Gift of Mobility and Hope.


*** The Container Project room will be busy this week as volunteers sort
and prepare items to go to Nicaragua to Rainbow Network. A load of items
came in yesterday from Springfield, MO, to be included. We are pleased
with the very helpful items we are gathering.

*** For a little fun in your holiday down time this week, I’m attaching a PET word search puzzle. Earlier this year I had sent out a list of reasons persons needed PETs. Our friends at PET Inland NW took some of
those reasons and created this puzzle. They included terrorism which I did not list, but could likely be included. I just didn’t have a specific story on a recipient whose disability was related to terrorism. My first
thought was of the many who had fled Sudan and were living in refugee camps in Chad and some who had received PETs. Extra credit goes to finding PULLPET also. Kathy


“Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of the garden
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words and kind deeds,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Mel West


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