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Having a Ball in Haiti

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The excitement is building for me as I move closer to my trip to Haiti. In a February blog I mentioned how Time (the cup is half empty magazine) called the 2000, the “Decade from Hell.” My blog spun this as the “Decade of Compassion.” There has been no shortage of natural disasters. But, the outpouring of prayers, cash and resources is unmatched in our history. The difference between now and 30 — 40 years ago, is that as soon as a disaster hits, we are immediately  made aware through TV, computer and hand held devices.

I am heading to Haiti shortly. But, over the weekend, a neighbor, Sam, came by to give me soccer balls for my trip. He recently turned 11 and asked his friends to give balls in lieu of other presents. So, here we are amid a “snowstorm” exchanging gifts. Last night I deflated the balls so they’d fit in my bag. Sam’s mother was thoughtful enough to include a hand pump so we can make them kid ready when we land in Port-au-Prince on Friday.

Many of you have either donated money or visited Haiti on relief missions. Thanks for all that you and others have done and will continue to do for those less fortunate. This is life’s greatest lesson and reward. Special thanks to Sam for his generosity!!  He actually wants to come with me on a future mission. Now that is a big heart!

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1 Jaime McLeod { 04.20.10 at 10:44 am }

Way to go, Sam! What an inspiring young man. Thanks for sharing this story, Peter.

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