Thursday, 10 October 2013

The kindness of strangers

It's the time of year again when strangers (and friends too!) give mysterious lumpy bags to us - 'Are you going to The Gambia again? Yes? Do you think this might come in handy?' - and they present us with bulging carrier bags full of reading glasses and baby clothes and unused medical equipment and medicines.
Slowly the spare bed and the floor around it are covered - how can we take it all? This year Thomas Cook haven't replied to our appeal for an extra baggage allowance so it's going to be a problem.
The medical stuff goes to the clinics and hospitals - we're not medically qualified to decide who needs whatever, we leave that to local doctors and nurses. The reading glasses go the clinics too. The text books go to students and the reference books go to schools and the baby clothes go to, erm, babies!
We'll put off packing till the last minute; T.C. may well come good! We've booked the flight, found a room at Badala Park hotel - our favourite place to stay.
Thanks for all your help - we're counting the days!

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