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					     Volume 15 No 1                                                              March 2009

A Little Gem!!!
For those who do not read their Irish Times from cover to cover each day the following was
recently reported. You have been warned! Only in Ireland !!!! Be sure and cancel your credit
cards before you die! This is so priceless and so easy to see happening - customer service, being
what it is today!

A lady died this past January, and MBNA bank billed her for October and November for their
annual service charges on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly
charge. The balance that had been €0.00, now is somewhere around €60.00.

A family member placed  a call to the MBNA Bank:
Family Member:           I am calling to tell you that she died in January.
MBNA:                    The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.
Family Member:           Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.
MBNA:                    Since it is two months past due, it already has been.
Family Member:           So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?
MBNA:                    Either report her account to the frauds division or report her to the
                         credit bureau, maybe both!
Family Member:           Do you think God will be mad at her?
MBNA:                    Excuse me?
Family Member:           Did you just get what I was telling you . The part about her being dead?
MBNA:                    Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor.
Supervisor gets on the phone.
Family Member:           I'm calling to tell you, she died in January.
MBNA:                    The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.
Family Member:           You mean you want to collect from her estate?
MBNA:                    (Stammer) Are you her lawyer?
Family Member:           No, I'm her great nephew.
(Lawyer info given)
MBNA:                    Could you fax us a certificate of death?
Family Member:           Sure.
Fax number is given. After they get the fax.
MBNA:                    Our system just isn't set up for death. I don't know what more I can do
                         to help.
Family Member:           Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her.
                         I don't think she will care.
MBNA:                    Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.
Family Member:           Would you like her new billing address?
MBNA:                    That might help.
Family Member:           Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road , Dublin 11, Ireland, Plot Number 1049.
MBNA:                    Sir, that's a cemetery!
Family Member:           Well, what do you do with dead people on your planet?
MBNA were not available for comment when a reporter from the Irish Times rang.
Amazing Rice
Apart from feeding around half of the world’s population, rice is one of the world’s most
important, versatile and amazing plants. Most of the people of China India, Indonesia and Japan
eat rice every day and farmers in these countries rely on it to produce up to half of their annual
Rice grains are also used in the following ways:
        Ground to make flour that is used to make other foods such as the wrapping on a spring
     Rice flour is a particularly good substitute for wheat flour, which causes irritation in the
         digestive systems of those who are gluten-intolerant.
        Fermented to make drinks such as sake (sometimes called rice wine) and beer
        Processed to make rice crackers and cereals
        Straw from the plant is used to feed cattle
        Rice straw is also:
        Twisted into sticks and used for fuel for fires and cooking stoves
        Plaited to make rope
        Made into paper
        Mixed with clay to make strong bricks
        Used to make shoes
The bran from the grain contains oils that are extracted and used to make soaps and cosmetics.
The husks (shells) from the grains are used as a packing material and as insulation. They are also
burned as fuel in everything from a kitchen stove to huge electricity-producing power plants.

Junior Choir Outing
Many thanks to the members of the Junior Choir for their participation in the Spring party, held
for the residents of Glebe House, Kilternan Care Centre on Saturday 14th March. The singing was
enjoyed by residents, family members and staff alike.

Senior Choir Outing
The Senior Choir outing will take place over the week-end of 25 th and 26th April. They will be
visiting St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal where they will join with the choir and congregation
to lead worship on the Sunday morning.

Easter Vestry
The Easter Vestry will take place this year on Tuesday 21st April at 8.00 pm in the parish hall. All
parishioners are welcome to attend but are reminded that only registered vestry persons may
vote. This is an opportunity for every parish member to be involved in what the parish does.
Elections apart it is your opportunity to express your opinion on anything that is going on or indeed
not going on in the parish.

Come and throw bouquets or banana skins, come and have your say, come and see the work that has
been going on quietly in Kilternan Parish. We would particularly welcome those who are new to the
parish – this is a snapshot view of what we are, what we do, what we believe and what we are
striving for. Following last year’s successful format of talks from leaders of parish organisations,
it is hoped that we will have similar short talks (3 minutes!) vote from representatives of local
community organisations and clubs.

Parish Registers
Funeral and cremation. On Saturday 14th March, Philip Spencer, following two illnesses borne with
courage and fortitude. We hold Philip’s family in our prayers in their sadness and loss.
Church Maintenance
Maintaining the fabric and fittings of a building that is close on 200 years old is no easy task. It
requires constant vigilance, regular maintenance checks and a not inconsiderable amount of time
and money.

An inspection of Kilternan Church last year revealed that the bell was in an unstable condition and
required some considerable remedial work to render it once again safe. There was concern also
regarding water ingress in the tower and the decision was taken in September to have this work
undertaken by a firm of professional steeplejacks. Unfortunately the start date was postponed
on a number of occasions and it was not until earlier in the year that work began.

The severe weather of February showed up significant problems but the work has now been
completed. We are delighted (perhaps the neighbours less so!) to have our bell ringing out the call
to worship on Sunday mornings (Thanks Billy) and the very severe damp problems in the tower and
ceiling of the landing seem for the time being at least to be under control.

We have also experienced some considerable difficulties with the church heating system. A
multiplicity of factors have been behind this some physical (burst pipe-work) others more
technical. Apologies to those who were affected by the breakdowns and especially to our visiting
clergy who battled manfully throughout.

Hello and Goodbye

It is with a certain embarrassment that we have come to the last Sunday of Canon Adrian
Empey’s residency in Kilternan without having welcomed him in print. Owing to circumstances
beyond our control the edition of Klips planned for January/February had to be cancelled. As a
result the glowing tributes and warm welcome were not extended to Adrian and his charming wife
June in the manner that was planned.

Until recently, Adrian was known to the writer by the acronym CP3, a title that might have been
culled from some Star Wars type film. Sadly He has been reduced to merely CP1 as he is now just
Canon Professor, having relinquished the titles of Canon Precentor (Christ Church Cathedral) and
Canon Principal (The Theological College).

Nevertheless we were honoured and delighted to have such a distinguished and able person taking
charge of our services Sunday by Sunday for the last three months. In spite of both minor and
major hiccups in an unfamiliar setting, he has ministered with his unique blend of good humour,
encyclopaedic knowledge, and deep spirituality.

He has continued to combine this work with his other job as Development Officer to the Mission
to Seafarers, a position that takes him to Dublin Docks and other places on an almost daily basis.

We thank him for all that he has brought to Kilternan Parish over the past three months and we
wish God’s continued blessing on him and June in the weeks and months to come.

Double Trio
My Double Trio was written during the summer and autumn of 2008 as the main focus of a one-
year residency in the Glencullen area of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (just south of
Dublin), which was one of six artist residencies awarded by the County Council in 2008 as part of
its Place & Identity programme.

Double Trio follows on from my 2007 septet re:play, where an improvising saxophonist and a
‘classical’ sextet came together in music which was partly improvised (for the saxophonist).
Double Trio is written for three improvisers – playing saxophone, double bass and drums – and
three classical musicians – playing violin, vibraphone and harp – and takes, like re:play, its initial
inspiration from speech rhythms and melodies. In the case of Double Trio, the material comes
from a number of interviews I conducted with residents of the Glencullen area, where we
discussed how they felt about the changes the area had undergone – or not – during the time of
the Celtic Tiger economic boom. The intention was to create an exciting and inventive musical
work and at the same time attempt to paint a musical picture of life at that point in Glencullen,
one of the least spoiled parts of the country and, paradoxically, one of the areas which has seen
most development (depending on which part of Glencullen you are in).

The musicians are Cathal Roche, saxophonist, Daniel Bodwell, bass and Stu Ritchie, drums plus Mia
Cooper, violin, Cliona Doris, harp and Richard O’Donnell, vibraphone.

The first two performances of the work will take place on April 4 th 2009 – firstly in Marlay
House, a stately home in Marlay Park, south of Dublin (1pm) and later that evening in
Kilternan Church of Ireland (8pm), like Marlay House, in the Glencullen electoral area.

Double Trio lasts approximately 45 minutes and is in eight main sections, each one inspired by one
of the interviews. The work will be recorded for CD release in February 2009, and the Irish label
Diatribe Records will issue the CD in time for the first performances.
                                                                                        Ian Wilson

Editorial Comment
It is quite some time since our last edition of Kilternan Klips – early December seems a long way
away now. Since then the world, Ireland and the parish have moved on. There is a new President
in the White House, a budget that we were told wouldn’t be happening is happening and as this is
being written, the rector and his wife will be coming towards the end of their three month trip

Owing to time constraints/pressures and a lack of contributions, it was decided to hold off
publishing our January/February issue and we apologise to those people who look forward to
receiving news and comment about what is going on in the parish. Some two months further on and
just four people (out of a possible one thousand) have found the time or inclination to contribute
to the parish publication. One could be forgiven for thinking that nothing has happened since
before the rector’s departure!

Perhaps it is a symptom of the times that we live in that everyone is so busy running to simply stay
in the same place (c.f. Alice through the looking glass and the Red Queen) that we have no time
for anything else. The school, the tennis club, the uniformed organisations, the youth groups are
all integral parts of the life of the parish and to receive no contribution is disappointing. In
addition there have been three special church services about which no one has thought to write.

As an extension to this there has again been a very slow response from parishioners to become
involved in the organisation of family fun day and fête. Many of you will no doubt make a financial
contribution: others will turn up on the day to help. It does however take a huge amount of
planning and co-ordinating and it is unfair to simply leave it to a few.

To paraphrase the late J.F.K. ask not what your parish can do for you, ask rather what
contribution you might be able to make to your parish

Exercises For The Challenged
With Lent almost over and Spring in the air, it’s time to dust off the winter cobwebs and renew
the New Year promises to take some exercise. For those who may feel somewhat challenged by
the idea here are some easy ones to get you started. Be warned do not try all of these at once.
Start with one or two and build up gradually.
       Keeping up appearances
       Backbiting
       Making the best of a bad job
       Letting the cat out of the bag
       Cooking the books
       Racking your brains
       Name dropping
       Talking double Dutch
       Flying off the handle
       Going off at half cock
       Making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
       Flogging a dead horse.
       Preaching to the converted

Family Fun day and Fête
This year we revert to our usual date in early May and although it is still a little over two months
away, planning is well under way. This is an important day in the year of Kilternan’s life, not just
for the parish and school but also for the wider community to whom we reach out and invite to
share in the fun and entertainment provided.

We do however, need more than ever, people to become involved. Marquees do not erect
themselves, posters do not fly into the sky and attach themselves to poles, books and toys do not
sort themselves into convenient categories. Please do consider lending a hand either before or on
the day. All we ask from most people is just a couple of hours and it would make a huge difference
to those who are prepared to give so much more than this. Please do get in touch with the
committee – phone the parish office for details (Phone 295 2643) and a big thank you in advance!.

See our advertisement elsewhere in this issue.

From the Parish Office Desk
Sitting down to write this I first battled with the headline. “The rector writes” was not
appropriate as he is not the author. “The lay reader writes” also seemed a misleading title given
one’s secondment to a parish elsewhere in the diocese. “The parish administrative assistant …”
seemed altogether too cumbersome as did “The ordinand in training...” As editor I have ridden my
hobby-horse elsewhere in this issue so that too was sidelined. In my younger days I thought of
perhaps becoming a journalist, a foreign correspondent even. With somewhat lowered sights the
Moscow/Washington/Paris desk has descended into a somewhat different reality hence the
chosen title.

The first three months of this year have been strange times indeed and many people will have
been greatly saddened and angered by what has happened in this country. The resulting stories of
hardship and loss that appear in the media on an almost daily basis are heartbreaking. It is likely
that matters will get worse for many of us before they get better. How often have we heard it
said in recent years that the new temples of worship are the shopping centres and football stadia?
Now that the tables of the money-changers have once again been overturned and much corruption
driven out, isn’t it time for a major return to some of our former values and the worship of God
almighty, creator of heaven and earth rather than the false gods of material goods, money, power
and earthly princes? This is a wake-up call and as has happened so often in the past, out of
adversity good will come. In the weeks and months to come there will be many, many opportunities
for Christian ministry. Those who were formerly givers may find themselves asking; those who
were receivers may now find within their own spiritual reserves, something they can share with
others. The temptation is of course to hold on to whatever it is we have but it is in the letting go
that we find freedom and a wealth that no money can buy.
With so much of what we formerly valued gone, what do we have to build on? We have hope. As
an Easter people we have that hope. On the first Good Friday the disciples believed all hope was
gone, the slender thread by which they held on, broken but within three days hope was rekindled.
We are facing tough economic times and in the near future there may be much that we will have to
do without. But hope cannot be taken away from us even by an incompetent administration; we can
lose it only if we choose to. Indeed we have more than hope. we have the promises of God. As he
says to the prophet Jeremiah. “For I know the plans I have for you,… plans to prosper you and not
to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer.29:11) The Resurrection is that promise
fulfilled. As we come to him in faith, sharing in his Cross and Resurrection, we thank God for the
promise of eternal life.

A very Happy Easter to you al


Garden Club Update: April - September

Monday 22nd April 8.00 pm - Colours of Turkey
Mr. Billy Moore is coming to speak about his botanical experience of Turkey.
Saturday 9th May, Annual Parish Fete 12,.00 pm - 4 .00 pm
The Garden club runs the plant stall - we would very much appreciate both help and plants for the
Saturday 16th May 2. 30 pm
Visit to Dargle Glen, Enniskerry.Co Wicklow
Saturday 23rd May 2.00 pm 6.00 pm - Ballycorus Garden Trail
Meet at Fergie Thompson’s field (Strawberry Farm) at 2.00 pm for directions etc.!
Saturday 13th June - Our Annual Day Out
We are visiting “Medina”, a privately owned garden in Howth, then onto Malahide Castle Gardens
(guided tour) and then onto Ardgillan to have guided tour of the garden. Meet at church at 9.00
am sharp, day will cost €30.
Saturday 29th June - Enniskerry Gardens Trail - 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Monday 6th July 7.00 pm
A visit to Noelle-Anne Curran’s garden at 14 Woodside Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Saturday 5th September 2.30 pm
A visit to Jean Van der Lee’s garden at 3 Glenamuck Cottages, (first turning right coming down the
Glenamuck Rd, 3rd cottage on rhs)
As always, should you need any more information on above, please contact myself. Looking forward
to seeing you!
                                                                      Sarah Tilson (Tel: 2955583)

Going Bananas

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little ‘stringy thing’ off of it.
That's how the primates do it.
Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the
stem, they ripen faster.
Full of potassium, use the skins in the garden as a natural fertiliser especially on roses

Banana Bread Recipe
6 oz self-raising flour
3 oz margarine
2.5 oz caster sugar
2 oz glace cherries
2 oz walnuts
10 oz peeled bananas
1 large egg

Place the flour, margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl and blend together until fine “breadcrumbs”
are formed. Liquidise the bananas and add the egg. Add this mixture to the flour, margarine,
sugar mix and combine the two. Add the cherries and walnuts. Pour this mixture into a loaf tin
which has been greased and floured. Bake at 180°C for about 50 minutes.

Holy Week Services:

April 5th - Palm Sunday           8.30am Holy Communion
                                  10.30am Family Service
April 7th                         8.00pm Ecumenical Service of Healing and laying on of hands
                                  Special Speaker Noel Dawson

April 8th                         8.00pm Sung Evensong
April 9th - Maunday Thursday      8.00 pm Eucharist
                                  Special Preacher Bishop Eamon Walshe – Auxillary Bishop of
April 10th - Good Friday          Reading of the Passion Narrative
                                  The Rector reflects

April 12th - Easter Day           Sunrise Service – Leadmines Chimney 6.00am
                                  Holy Communion 8.30am and 10.30am

Diary Dates
Saturday 4th April
Concert in the church –details on the notice board and overleaf
(One of the “interviewees” is the rector who can be heard in this performance)

Saturday 9th May 12.00 – 4.00
Family Fun Day and Fête

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you
understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17. The following Sunday, as he prepared to
deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read
Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only 16 chapters. I will now
proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."

A special prayer for those of us who are inclined to say more than we should!
Dear Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand across my mouth. Amen.

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could so as not to be late for
Sunday School. As she ran, she prayed ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late’, ‘Dear Lord, please
don’t let me be late’. As she was running, she tripped and fell, getting her clothes dirty and
tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off and started running again. As she ran, she
once again began to pray: ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late!…….but don’t shove me either’!
Recession? What Recession?

We would like to hear your tip(s) for making your Euro go further. The days are gone perhaps
when socks were darned and collars and cuffs turned, but there is no doubt we live in a wasteful
age. Without going to extremes however there must be ways in which we can make savings
however small that will not only help our pocket but possibly the environment and/or other people.

With less money to go around the chances are that many of us will have to cut our expenditure in
certain areas. One way of spending less is to undertake tasks that previously were paid for. One
example of this might be washing the car. Instead of going to the car wash why not spend some
time doing yourself at home? You might if you are very lucky be able to enlist some family help.
(Apologies to car valeters but times are tough!)

This is an ideal time also to resurrect forgotten or unused skills. Knitting, embroidery, dress-
making and cooking are all skills that many of our mothers had and that are much less widely
practised by this generation. For example how many people today make their own marmalade or
jam, preferring to buy it instead? How many make their own stock or soups; who grows fruit,
vegetables or even a few herbs?

How about entertainment? Rather than going to the pictures or sitting around the television like
couch potatoes why not invite some friends around for an evening of FREE entertainment playing
charades, bridge, whist or a board game such as Monopoly or get them to help with a jigsaw

No money for books – join your local library.

Don’t know how to do some of this stuff? There is surely a huge pool of talent out there that we
can tap into. Have you a skill you would like to pass on? Is there something that you would like to
learn that would help you save a few euros? LET’S HEAR ABOUT IT.

Send your suggestions for eurosavers to Kilternan Parish Rectory and we will publish them (with or
without your name attached). A prize of a bottle of wine or if preferred a Tesco shopping voucher
is offered for the best suggestion or set of suggestions. To kick-start this we publish some
suggestions of our own below.

Invite friends or family around for a budget dinner. You can fix how much you want to spend but
try €20 to feed 6 people. (Given that so many of the world’s poor are existing on less than 75c
per day this is quite generous!). There are no rules – one course (in which case adjust your spend
downwards) or more; pick produce from the garden or better still free from the wild; just as long
as you do not spend more than the budget. Your guests should provide the wine/drinks which again
you should set a spending limit on (suggest €12 max per each of two couples).

Join This website offers to pay you for your opinion on various topics.
Each completed survey will usually net between €1 and €2 which can be exchanged for shopping
vouchers or donated to a charity.

Sign up for SKYPE and get your friends and family to do so also. You can enjoy FREE international
calls via your computer to land lines and very much reduced price calls to mobiles. You can also
send messages to mobiles at very good rates.

An Obituary printed in the London Times

Interesting, and sadly, rather true. Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common
Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his
birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.     He will be remembered as having
cultivated such valuable lessons as:
        Knowing when to come in out of the rain
        Why the early bird gets the worm
        Life isn't always fair
      Maybe it was my fault

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and
reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly
when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using
mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they
themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when
schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student;
but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received
better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend
yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense
finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was
hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by
his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers - I Know
My Rights; I Want It Now; Someone Else Is To Blame; and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his
funeral because so few realised he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join
the majority and do nothing.


The parish has been missing one of its “lightweight” trestle tables for some months
past. If anyone knows of its whereabouts, perhaps borrowed and forgotten about, would
they please advise the office or return it. No questions will be asked but we would like
tio have it back as a replacement will cost over €100. Thank you.


2009 got off to a great start with a fantastic evening in Bewley’s for our New Year’s Meal.
Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun giving and receiving a KrisKindle while we were enjoying
our coffee and chocolates. Apologies again to my friend and branch member who gave, but who did
not receive!

The snowy weather forced us to postpone our February arranged meeting but we all met in St.
Brigid’s church Stillorgan for their Branches’ 100th Anniversary shortly afterwards.

On Thursday 5th March the Kilternan Branch joined other branches for Holy Communion in Christ
Church Cathedral. Later that day we celebrated the World Day of Prayer prepared by the Women
of Papua, New Guinea.
Sunday, 22nd March was the Mothering Sunday Service. The Mothers’ Union Enterprises Stall was
set up in the Hall selling cards for all occasions and other reasonably prices items. Thanks to all
those who bought while enjoying a cuppa and cake!

Wed 22nd April 7.30pm.
Closing Branch Service in Church followed by AGM.
                                                                                   Sandra Knaggs.
 Our first distribution was at an old disused prison which is now “home” to about 300
 people. When we arrived, lots of excited children greeted us, thrilled when we took
       their photographs and they could see themselves on the digital cameras!

 One home I visited was a small room where the parents and five children lived. The
clothes hung outside, with about 8”snow on the ground, icicles hanging from the roof,
 and even from the washing. The only heat was a small wood burning stove – not much
 when the temperature was -10C. Sarkis, the eldest boy is 13 years old and was very
    happy to get his shoebox. He opened it excitedly. He was delighted with the
calculator which would be very useful in school and two very fancy pens. He was going
  to keep the pens because some day he wanted to be a judge and then he would use

   We climbed the steep hill to a tiny building which was the “cultural centre” – it was
 really a small hut, covered in snow. In the centre of the room was a tiny wood burning
                           stove. There were 2 small windows…
As our partner Levon spoke to the children, they were able to tell him that today was
  the day we celebrated Jesus’ birthday. I had a special box for a girl 10 -14 given to
    me by a friend, Ian. I decided to give it to a tall girl, standing shyly against the
   window. Her name was Guyana. She was so excited opening the box. On top was a
beautiful cream pashmina with unusual tassels on each end. She took the pashmina out
of its plastic cover and gently touched it. This box was full of treasures! High School
 Musical box filled with goodies, a beautiful red bag, note book, little Santa key rings
     and so much more besides! Every item was examined carefully and she was so
    thankful. I asked Guyana what was the best thing in her box, and she said “you,
Carol”! I was so surprised, but this girl was so delighted that someone thought of her,
              cared enough to send a box to her and she was not forgotten!

                      “Love in a box” - that’s what it’s all about!
         So often the children seemed to find just what they wanted in a shoebox. I
 think of a little 4 year old girl, Rosa, who was sick on Christmas Eve. We visited her
home, and for a brief time Rosa forgot all her aches and pains as she examined all the
  goodies in her shoebox. She couldn’t believe her eyes when she found two sparkly
  rings which fitted her chubby little fingers perfectly! Again I was touched by her
  kindness giving me a big kiss and hug for bringing her a box, and making sure that I
   had a lollipop from it. In the meantime, her brother, Ura had found just what he
                          wanted in his shoebox……..toothpaste!!

 Rosa’s cousin, Teagran a 3year old boy lived next door. Teagran, was delighted with
 one very small blue car which he found in his box. Nothing could distract him from
playing with it…until dad opened the sweets, then he chewed away quite happily as he
                                 played with the car.!

  At a little kindergarten school in Gyumeri, 55 children waited patiently for us to
arrive. The mums who were just as excited as the children, were delighted when the
 children got boxes. One little girl Suzy opened her box, and there were two lovely
  cuddly toys on top. She looked underneath, and there was a pale blue plastic hair
   band. Her eyes lit up and she pulled it out and put it on her head immediately!

     Another girl, Seda, whose mum had seven children and six grandchildren, was
     delighted with the lovely pink hat and matching gloves and scarf in her box.

  Mum said “Thank God, He put it in your hearts to do these boxes and to come with

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