We've been busy counting hats. A lot of hats. I've put the final tally and some final words about the project on the Mama to Mama blog, so head on over there to check out those details.
This project grew in many ways that I never expected. By sheer number, certainly (pictured above is three days worth of mail). And it grew far beyond SouleMama readers, as you all so kindly spread the word about the project so that it reached people far and wide - of all ages and from so many different backgrounds. But I've written about some of that over on Mama to Mama.
Another way it grew, and exceeded my expectations was the way it touched my own little family of six. The way we all worked together to unpack the hundreds of boxes.
How my children "learned" so very much - from conversations about the situation in Haiti, to the math required to keep track of such big numbers, to the map-gazing that we did as some far-away packages arrived. Natural learning opportunities - the best kind of all. It even created a little stamp collector in the family.
Especially given the timing, I never could have managed this without the help of Steve, Calvin, Adelaide and Ezra. And a dear friend (thank you, Jean!) who came over one looong, late night as she helped me find my way back to my dining room, when the boxes threatened to take over my house. And my deep thanks to an old friend, Skeek, who dreamed up the Caps to Cap Haitien project, and got the wheels turning for all of us.
And most of all, thanks to you. Go on...head on over there and see what you've done!