We were invited by the American Protestant Church to their annual bazaar. They offered us all the clothes left at the end of the day. This turned out to be a lot of boxes filled with clothes.

It was a busy day with theĀ  sale of a wonderful selection of international foods, pies, jams and cookies. People could browse through stacks of books, cd’s and films. As well as children’s toys and items for their home. All of it sold to financially support the many missions the church supports.

A large selection of donated clothes was offered for sale

In the boutique they sold the fancy and more special items.

At the end of the bazaar many people helped to pack all the left over clothes in boxes and bags. We were thankful for all this help, because it was far to much for just the two of us to pack.

People from the missions committee (and others) helped carry it to the van, we had brought to take it all to Hands To Serve

Stacks of boxes with shoes and clothes were piled into the van in some form of organized chaos.

Back in Strijen we started unloading the content in carts to start the sorting process

Four carts loaded to the brim with boxes and sacks. Wow, we are thankful for all this material.

The ladies already started sorting the clothes. Some of it will be used to serve missionaries and a part of it will be transported to people in Romania.

Even this week two people came by to pick up clothing for missionaries that had recently moved to France. They had first served in a different hot climate country and hadn’t been able to bring many of their worldly goods to France. So they desperately needed some warm clothing. We found coats, sweaters, shoes and lots of other things that would be boxed and posted to this couple in France!