Thursday, June 28, 2012

Please Join Me as a FUNGUS FIGHTER!!!!

Fungus...  no not usually found in my blog topic repertoire, but today, I'm excited to share with you!  Two years ago, after returning home from Ethiopia with our precious Jeremiah and Rachel, we had lots of "new" to get used to.  However, one "new" thing brought into our household I didn't want to get accustomed to... I wanted it eradicated for good.  You see ring worm followed us home.  For months, we spread it back and forth.  I washed sheets and towels religiously, and we were constantly covered in cream.  Still 5 people sharing a living space, and the fungus was having a hey-day.

Now, can you imagine many, many children sharing a small living space in less than pristine conditions?  Fungus runs rampant.  That's why I need you to join me as a Fungus Fighter!  I have partnered with AHOPE for Children, which cares exclusively for HIV+ children in Ethiopia.   One of the very hardest things for AHOPE to collect in sufficient quantities is medicinal creams. Basic over-the-counter items are desperately needed to treat skin conditions, cuts, scrapes, etc., that you would expect from kids in general and specifically in a large group of kids living in close quarters. 

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Other supply drives are being held to collect hydrocortisone and anti-itch cream.  I have volunteered to spear head a drive specifically for the anti-fungals.  I do realize that these are a little more costly to purchase, so you may consider buying the store brand.  The important thing is to make sure that it contains one of the active ingredients listed below.

Antifungal – Specifically Tinactin (Tolnaftate) and/or Lamisil (Allylamines)

I will be collecting the antifungal creams through Sunday, July 15th.  The goal is to collect 100 tubes.  I know if we all band together as "FUNGUS FIGHTERS" that we can meet this urgent need.  Please share this with your friends, family, church, co-workers, neighbors, Mom's groups, homeschool groups, etc.  Anyone have connections to a pharmacy that likes to make charitable donations??? 

As far as getting the donations to me, local friends contact me, and I'll be happy to arrange and come pick it up.  Louisville friends - I'll probably have a specific day to head that way.  Lexington friends - I'm there often and can arrange pick-up as well.  Wonderful blog readers scattered throughout, I definitely don't want to leave you out.  If you are willing to pick up a tube, two, or ten, you can message me for an address to ship it too.  Another option that might be more cost-effective would be to PayPal or send a check, and I can make the purchase for you. 

If you have questions and or want to get involved, please email me....

Let the Fungus Fight begin!


Lora @ my blessed life said...

I would never have thought about about the need for this. Thank you for sharing and bringing awareness.

Stefanie said...

I can relate to that. Ringworm went rampant around my classroom many years ago. Not a good time.

Modest Mama said...

Congrats on bringing your kids home, and on fighting out the ringworm!

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

E-mail me and I'll send a contribution through Paypal for you to pick up a tube.