Aug 152014
 

Had another wonderful day on your behalf…. Headed out pretty early again this morning with a new tuk-tuk driver… It is always great to see the look on their faces when I tell them what I want to do. It inspires them in a way.. much like it has inspired all of you at home to continue to support this cause. I get to see the wheels turn in their heads as they try to figure out where to take me.. I also get to see the smile on their face when they get involved in handing the gifts out.. not to mention the smiles on the children’s faces…
We set out to find a bicycle pump and a needle to be able to blow up the soccer and volleyballs. This was harder than it might seem.. We had no problem finding a pump, but finding a needle was a different story. While we were searching around town for one, it began to dawn on me again the little things we take for granted. My trips have continued to remind me how lucky we truly are at home. Something as simple as a crayon, dental floss, bubbles or now a needle for a pump are all things we just “know” ,and are fairly easy for us to get. It also drives home how important it is that we continue our “Presents for Presence” campaign. That these little gifts and offerings that I get to bring have the potential to change a life.. and I believe that they do.
After the hour or so of searching every little shop in town, we were successful. With a pump and needle in hand we were ready to hit the country side and deliver these gifts.
While it is harvest season, most children are working with their families in the fields. However we were able to pull of the road and find some kids… I think the pictures speak for themselves. I was able to hand out some clothes, toys, and of course soccer and volleyballs. We had a great time playing with everything..

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We played for about 45 minutes until we were both soaking wet with sweat… It is extremely hot and humid this time of year. I also found some bubbles in my bag that went over extremely well as they always do. After spending about an hour with this group of kids and their families we headed back towards town.. I can only carry so much on these journeys so I will be back out tomorrow with more to hand out.

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As we got into town, I was greeted by a friend. Some of you may recognize him from past trips over here. Mot Douk….. He is like a beacon of joy in this town. I cant help but smile when I see this man. His story is amazing and like most victims of land mines… he does not beg. He takes great pride in working to provide for his family. Mot sells books to support his family. I think I have bought every book he has to sell and then some. Every time I am here I run into him at some point. We know a lot of the same people and it is always nice to see him still out here doing his thing.. He fills me in on his family and how they are doing and just as important he gives me the inside scoop on whats happening in town. If you ever need to find anything out about Siem Reap….. Mot is your man!!

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I also met someone whom I have never seen before in town. He is much like Mot however this gentleman is missing both legs… He rides around on his own makeshift tuk-tuk. Peddles it with his arms and he told me he made the entire thing himself. He too is out here to work, not to beg. He too is a victim of a land mine. Teng Dara is his name and he also sells books. I am never at a loss to find inspiration while I am here. These two men, regardless of their circumstance, are continuing to accept responsibility and provide for their families…

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I get to meet so many amazing people while I am on these trips. I would be foolish to think that any of this would occur if it wasn’t for all you wonderful people at home that continue to give, support and create awareness for this cause. You all should feel just as proud as I do. Don’t ever forget that you are making a difference on the other side of the globe. Its truly remarkable what we, collectively can and have accomplished thus far… And its only the beginning…
YOU ALL ARE HERE WITH ME!

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