The most rewarding part of our trip to Peru was the opportunity we had of teaming up with Yosi Samra to donate foldable, comfortable shoes, as well as baby clothes donated by the gals from the Small Fry blog to the children living in rural Cusco. When we initially reached out to a few companies both of these partners in service were quick to respond and offer to help. We ended up taking two suitcases full of donations which helped us make an even bigger impact. In all, dozens of mothers, youth, and babies were touched by this effort and we couldn’t have done it without their help.
We went door to door, walked the streets and stopped by an early morning youth study group at the LDS church to find people to help. Looking at their little faces light up as they each received a paired of ballerina flats, seeing them try them on, and helping each other find the right sizes for their friends was special beyond words. I loved every minute of it!
As a blogger, is easy at times to focus too much on the ‘glamorous’ material things, and forget that most people (in the USA too) are more worried about meeting needs than accumulating wants. This was a really touching and humbling experience for me overall and I just hope that I can use my modest influence on the world to encourage each of us to help lift those around us and remember to focus on people more than things.