It’s In the Bag

June 10

It’s In the Bag

What, you are wondering, is in the bag?  Well, just to put you at ease straight off, it is not our referral.  Remember, when that happens, the post title will be:  Referral!  Referral!  This is Not a Joke!

That is not the title of this post, now is it?

In case you have been living under a rock and are unaware, Bath and Body Works is currently having its Semi-Annual Sale.  This, for me, ranks right up there with Christmas and my birthday.  I shop at the store throughout the year and take mental notes of what I really like but don’t want to pay full price for, and then I stalk the store during the Semi-Annual Sale to see if I can find those items.  The first day of the sale (last Monday), I shopped five different Bath and Body Works stores.  Yes, five.

Alright, alright.  You don’t want to hear about my obsessive B&BW shopping, you want to know what’s in the bag.

Well, for now, nothing really.  But here’s the bag:

This bag came out about a year, year and a half ago.  At the last Semi-Annual Sale they were selling them for $5.00.  I thought about it and decided, nah, not my style.

What was I thinking?  It’s still not my style, but isn’t it perfect for delivering gifts to the kids in the orphanage?  And wouldn’t it make a great schoolbag for the school-age children in the orphanage?  It’s just the right size for a notebook and a couple of books, and it’s got that great pocket on the front for pencils, rulers, etc.  Why did I not think of this last time?  It’s not like I’ve never helped assemble a boat-load of school kits before.

Well, it doesn’t matter.  I thought of it this time.  And this time around, the bags are selling for $3.75 each.  Cheap!!!  So I’ve bought several; but I wonder what is going to happen to the bins and bins of them that don’t seem to be selling all that quickly at our five local Bath and Body Works locations?  I can only afford to buy so many. 

So I’ve got a letter going out to the good folks at Bath and Body Works to see if they’d be willing to donate any bags to go to Vietnamese orphanages and/or be used for the above-linked school kits.  We shall see what the response will be.  Not only would they be great for school-age kids, I think it would be great to get people to make/donate baby blankets to put in a bunch of them so that each baby has a blanket and a bag of his/her own.

When Tank Boy came from Korea he had the clothes on his back, a half-empty bottle, a couple of trinkets from Korea, and an extra diaper.  The only familiar comfort item he had was his fingers.  Oh, we sent him a blanket and some clothes, and I don’t remember what else while he was in Korea, but his foster mother didn’t send any of it home with him.  We were told to expect this, so we weren’t surprised.  I was, however, sad for him that he had nothing familiar and comforting during this scary, scary time in his life.  Wouldn’t it be nice for every child/baby to have a bag in which his/her things (even if that’s only a blanket) could kept when not in use.  Then, when it’s time for that baby to leave the orphanage, the blanket and whatever else the child might have (undoubtedly not much) can be in the bag and ready to go.

So, there you go.  That’s what in the bag: an idea and a letter.

And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello.

P.S.  If they do send me a boatload of bags, would any of you be interested in taking some to Vietnam with you when you go?  I’ll let you all know what the store’s response is as soon as I hear back from them.

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