Happy March 1st!
A couple months ago, I was asked if I would be interested in taking a short trip down to Haiti to offer assistance with various projects and help out. Haiti has always been a sought after destination for me, yet for some reason the stars have never aligned to allow me to venture down. When this opportunity came up, there was no way I could refuse. I was absolutely ecstatic to be part of such a trip! But as our departure date of March fourth quickly approaches, I find myself asking, is ecstatic or excited or anything remotely close to those descriptions really the correct way to describe my feelings for such a trip?
Throughout my travels, I’ve found myself in a vast array of locations that have left me in awe and overall disbelief at the levels of poverty. Initially, I had found myself wandering around wondering how everyone could live in lack of the daily “necessities” that I have grown up with. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, as it is said that majority of the world lives on less than three dollars a day. However, it seems that the more places I visit and the more people I meet, the less and less I notice these things that are “missing” and start to appreciate the essentials that much more. So to revert back to my question, how do I describe this pre-trip feelings?
One word comes to mind: Thankful.
I’m thankful to have this incredible opportunity available for me. I’m thankful to partake in what is certain to be a life changing experience. I’m thankful to be able to witness and embrace the people of such a rich and heartfelt culture despite the constant struggles and despair they too often endure. Thankful for the ability to travel with an amazing group and set aside what we have deemed important for what is actually important. Thankful for the support and encouragement I have been given in the time leading up to this journey.
Through the group that I’ll be traveling with, we agreed to fill two large duffel bags per person of items that the locals need on a regular basis. When I reached out to family and friends about helping out, I was absolutely blown away by the responses I received. Items came pouring in from left and right, and before a weeks time, I had more than enough products to fill up the large bags. This, I was truly thankful for. I want to express my sincere gratitude for everyone who helped out by donating items, along with those who wished me well on my travels. A special thanks goes out to The Soccer Edge in Naperville for sending me down more soccer balls then I've seen in my entire life, and the Ashbury Book Club for all of their courteous donations. Similarly, it is through everyone’s kind words and support that I have been able to ardently pursue the vision of Be Robin Hood. And with this strength of others guiding me along, I will be traveling down to Haiti to do everything I can to help out, and furthermore, to continue to inspire change throughout this world.
Together as one, we can Be Robin Hood.
*If you or anyone you know is interested in making a generous financial contribution, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss further options for this. I can't thank you enough already.