A new laptop was an item on the needs list, as a "wish list". Laura, the treasurer of Casa de Fe badly needed a new one. She was unable to contain herself even before we removed it from the packaging. It was an unexpected surprise.
We were happy to present $500 from Valley City to Henry, the director of Casa de Fe, for kitchen expenses. We will go shopping for kitchen items tomorrow. Our dollar contribution in combination with the Valley City Trinity Lutheran Church's portion of $7500 totaled more than $20,000.
Work on Monday included Kendra and Rita cleaning the animal areas. CDF is becoming more self sufficient. They are raising pigs, chickens and ducks. The first batch of ducklings recently hatched. The gals prepared a new cage area for them and their mother and moved them in. A stairway was damaged during the flooding. They also re-terraced them. Wanda and Carole assisted Mandy in sorting the donations we brought. Benita, Nancy, Jenica and Tracy helped Jaime remove wood debris carried in by the flood. This year's building project is constructing a new outdoor food pantry. Jeff started cutting and welding the frame.
Not everything is happy at Casa de Fe. The reality is that many children suffer from mental, emotional and physical trauma. Today the ambulance was called to take Rayana to the hospital. Rayana is one with the most profound disabilities.