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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Porcelain Packing

We made a great Hong Kong discovery about a month ago: Overjoy Porcelain. Overjoy is a porcelain business run by a sweet husband and wife duo, Arthur and Josephine. They sell beautiful hand painted porcelain and have exported to Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord and Taylor. They are selling off the porcelain and retiring to Canada, and after we spent an afternoon buying so much we probably funded their plane tickets, they told us of their generous plan. They planned to give the remaining porcelain free of charge to charities until it was all gone. This got our wheels turning, and Carol had the great idea to ask if our church could have some of the porcelain for a sale to benefit orphans in China. They said yes, and we went yesterday to pack up the porcelain. Imagine our surprise when we walked in the room and saw loads and loads of porcelain that they had set out for us. We packed up 70 boxes, and we are having our sale on Tuesday and Saturday this coming week. 100% of the proceeds will go straight to orphanages in China that are near and dear to our hearts. The Hicks plan to take part of the money directly to the orphanage where Zoe spent her first few months in Guangdong, and we hope to be able to fund a cleft lip/palate surgery for one of the babies at the Anhui Cleft Healing Home. We also still know of several needs at the orphanage in Hefei where Ellen came from, and we hope to also help them out. Please join us in praying that our sale will be a huge success, and that many children in China would benefit from Arthur and Josephine's generosity. Pictures below are credited to Carol (which I lifted from her blog because yes, you guessed it, still no camera).

These three beauties are our inspiration: Maddie Rae, Zoe, and Ellen (and a mysterious cloaked boy who loves all three of them a lot too!)
Arthur helping us with the packing.
Our crew (minus Sandy) with Arthur and Josephine. All the porcelain on the floor was for us (and it wrapped around the aisles too!!).
Jeannette, Nikki, and Sally wrapping up the porcelain.
Sandy and I showing off the goods.

This is little Wren, who is living in the Anhui Cleft Healing Home. We hope to be able to sponsor surgery for her or one of her friends in the home. Couldn't you just scoop her up?!