Friday, May 11, 2012

The Great Clean-Out!

Every day, a person's kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water. They do all this without so much as a thought from us.  Well, only if your kidneys function normally.  If not, that 2 quarts (1/2 gallon) stays inside your body.  With 1/2 gallon of waste and toxins in your body EVERY DAY, you begin to think about it.  You begin to swell.  The only way to get the excess fluid out of your body is to endure dialysis.  

Joe has been on dialysis for 4 1/2 months now.  He hates it.  He hates the way it makes him feel.  I hate the way it makes him feel.  Yet, we both know that we don't have many options right now.  Except............

We found out a week ago that a friend of ours is a match for Joe!  She will be going down to Phoenix for a weeklong health screening on May 21st.  Your prayers are appreciated.  Although our insurance will cover the medical costs, they don't cover her transportation costs to get there, lodging while there, and meals.  We had a fund-raiser yard sale last weekend to help her cover those costs.  We had set a goal of $500, yet after the first day, we had sold almost everything we had but were only half-way to our goal.  What to do?  We put a blast on Facebook that we needed more stuff to sell to help us reach the goal.  Friends showed up the next morning with stuff that they had cleaned out of their closets and garages.  They were happy to give it to someone who could use it.  Us!

We are so happy to report that when we finished on the second day, we had the same amount of stuff that we started with, and had raised $615!  To me, it's similar to Jesus taking the loaves of bread and fish.  He fed the 5,000 AND still had 12 baskets left over!  I find it real interesting that Jesus performed that miracle (blessing abundantly) right after he told the lame man to "Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk." John 5:8.  Jesus just appeared to us last week and told us to get up and continue our journey.  

God-willing, our friend will pass the health screening in two weeks.  At that point, Mayo Clinic will schedule the transplant four to six weeks after that.  Again, the insurance will cover the medical costs, but not the transportation, lodging (for TWO WEEKS), and meals.  Our goal is to raise $1500 to help her with those costs.  

How to raise $1500?  I have seen some people do benefit dinners.  I was not blessed with a "cooking ability".  However, God did bless me with an amazing ability to have yard sales.  I know.  Of all the gifts.  But seriously.  I'm pretty good.  I can also bake.  Strange, because I can't cook to save my life, but I can bake just about anything.  I have decided to combine my talents to help raise the $1500.  Yard Sale/Bake Sale.

Where do you come in?  Well, we sold almost everything that we don't want/need anymore.  I most definitely do not have $1500 worth of stuff to sell at another yard sale.  But you might.  You might have closets with clothes that you haven't worn in 2 years.  You might have drawers with clothes that the kids have outgrown.  You might have bookshelves with books/games that no one is interested in.  You might have that gift that someone gave you that you don't quite know what to do with it.  You might have 3 blenders or 2 waffle makers in your over-stuffed kitchen cupboards.  Or, you might have a burning desire to bake up a batch of brownies or cookies.  

Your clean-out could help Joe's clean-out.  You get to clean out your closets, garage, and cupboards and Joe gets a new kidney.  If you are out of the area, please lift us up in prayer.  

The yard sale will be Memorial Day weekend.  You are more than welcome to drop off stuff for the yard sale anytime before that.  If you are in Whiteriver, you can even bring it to work and I will gladly take it home.  If you want to help with the bake sale part of it, I can pick up (or you drop off) your baked goods as it gets closer to the yard sale date.  Thank you!

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