When people get married or have a baby, there’s usually a shower. The bride-and-groom or parents-to-be register for what they want/need, and then friends and family shower them with gifts as a tangible way of participating in their lives and celebrating with them.
Well, I’m not married and don’t have kids, so I’ve never created a bridal or baby registry before (and the odds of creating one in the near future seem quite slim!)
I found out this month that I’ve been approved to work at a hospital in Togo, Africa with Samaritan’s Purse for three months (from July to October.) I’m volunteering, so I’m not getting paid (monetarily, anyway) for the work I do, and I have to pay all my expenses to travel there and to live there for 3 months.
The trip costs about $5000, which includes plane tickets, room and board, visa application, traveler’s insurance, vaccines, etc.
Last week I started thinking. What if I created a registry for Togo where people can purchase something off the registry as a way of participating in this experience with me, celebrating this opportunity — and, most importantly, working together to alleviate suffering for people in Togo?
SO. Here’s the deal. I created this Togo Registry. If you’re willing, it would mean so much to me if you’d participate!!!
I’m leaving the country on May 31st, and I’d like to have the funds raised by then.
Each item is linked to the Samaritan’s Purse website. Donating is as easy as 1-2-3.
1) Click on the name of the item to purchase
2) Search for “Thebarge, Sarah” in the search box
3) Donate the cost of the item
As a 4th (optional) step, write the item you’re purchasing in the comment section of this post and I’ll take it off the list.
All gifts are tax-deductible, and every dollar really helps.
Thanks for being part of my life
Room & Board $20/day (the total is $1800, but if you want to cover a day or two or three, that would be awesome!)
Taxi ride from airport to hospital $55/hour (the total is $500 — it’s a 9 hour taxi ride!)
Taxi ride from hospital to airport $55/hour (the total is $500)
Flight to Togo $77/hour (the total is $700 — I’m flying to Togo from Paris)
Flight from Togo to the U.S. $75/hour (the total is $1000 — I’m flying from Togo to Chicago)