Thursday, October 13, 2011

Help Another - Help Yourself

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Back in July, when we first arrived in Grenada, Scott and I were looking for a way to give back to the wonderful community here.  We had time, we had resources and we wanted to do something good - no matter how small.  

We found the Queen Elizabeth home for Children and instantly were impressed by their mission, and their cause.  They were grateful for our offer to help and have treated me like a member of their family since day one.  I immediately turned to my extremely large (and incredibly generous) extended family (my father is one of twelve) and raised a whopping $3,000.00 in donations among them.  To say the QEHC was grateful would be a tremendous understatement.

Their needs are great - they have just made an addition to the home and hope to finish the last phase so they can accomodate another 30 children.  They need furniture; desks, beds, tables, chairs as well as second-hand computers for their learning center.  In addition to these tangible goods - they need money.     They need money to pay the salaries of the workers, they need money for student uniforms, for food, and for the day-to-day operation of the home.  If you or someone you know would like to help with any of the above, please email me at windtraveler09(at)

If you would like to donate money, for the next 2 weeks (until October 26th) I will be accepting donations on behalf of the home from our Paypal account.  Any donations that come in between now and then will go directly to the Queen Elizabeth home in the form of a check written by yours truly.  Just click the "donate" button on the right hand side of this page and enter the amount you would like to give.  Easy peasy.  Or, if you don't feel comfortable with that - you can send a check payable to the "Queen Elizabeth Home" to this address: 
Queen Elizabeth Home for Children  
PO Box 1127
St. Georges, Grenada, WI.

These swings need fixin!
I also need to give a shout-out to some great people who have also contributed to this cause.  First - a big thank you to Alex over at Surf Tidal Wave Media for offering his web design expertise, pro-bono, to help the Queen Elizabeth home update their website.  A heartfelt thank you is also due to our friends, Mike and Rebecca, of Zero To Cruising fame who donated two of their spare halyards (and made a radio announcement on our behalf collecting two more, making that four in total) to fix the children's derelict swingsets.  It's amazing what impact tiny gestures can have on the life of a child! Of course, I must also thank my family (you know who you are!!) for their generous donations - you kindness is felt in the hearts of children thousands of miles away!

How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a weary world.
~ William Shakespeare

Brittany & Scott

PS.  The Queen Elizabeth Home also has a Facebook Page!  Be sure to stop by and "like" them!

1 comment:

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Congrats to you and your family for helping out the local community! We hope to "give back" once we get out there. Love the quotes!

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