We woke up on our last day here at the orphanage with heavy hearts. Our time here went by fast yet it feels like we’ve been here for ages. I think it’s from the warm welcoming we are greeted with every morning with the children. It’s Sunday here, so everyone is home from school. And […]Read more "Last Day"
By Gregory Smith Valentine’s Day started off with a wonderful breakfast. We were cooked the usual fried rice and had the freshest fruit, most of which was grown from the trees at the orphanage. After we finished breakfast it was time to begin finding ways to be helpful! The day before I was looking around […]Read more "Valentine’s Day"
We woke up early under our bug net covered, dorm style beds. We all share a large room above the toddler room (how convenient). We wake up to the sound of tropical birds, the right on time rooster and 70+ kids getting ready for school. A group of three get up earlier than the rest […]Read more "Love at First Sight"
Having taken a year away for the holidays I knew in the summer that I wanted to spend Christmas and New Years in New Jersey. Linds and I parted ways in December for the next few weeks to spend the holidays on opposite coasts. Even though apart, we continued our path as givers and found […]Read more "Coast to Coast"
The Gypsy Givers spent the end of spring and summer months home on the east coast. We were reunited after spending a few weeks, OK, 5 weeks apart. Every Friday we came together at the place that started our love for volunteering and helping others, The Bodhi Food Pantry in Lafayette, NJ. Over the past […]Read more "Home Is Whenever I’m With You"
We have reunited in sunny California! After a week in Lake Tahoe we have traveled back to the Nevada City area for the annual cleanup along the river. We decided that we should camp down by the river since the cleanup was the next morning near the Bridgeport Crossing. We pulled up a steep, dirt […]Read more "International Coastal Cleanup Day"
Before arriving in Hawaii I would have never guessed it to be the wettest place on Earth. Logan telling me so and reading the sign at the lookout was just not enough clarification. Much to my dismay we got caught in daily downpours on what would start as beautiful sunny days on Kauai. The […]Read more "The Wettest Place on Earth"
Frankford Township Elementary school is where we began. I moved here in the 3rd grade (1993) and met Lindsay shortly after. As you can tell we’ve been inseparable ever since. My brother in law, Jacob, is as of today 12 years old and is a student in Ms Guida’s 6th grade class. The two called and […]Read more
As we stated last year, no trip to New Orleans or Jazz Festival is complete without our annual stop at Give Nola Festival and VOA Fresh Food Factor. Give Nola Day fell on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 in-between both Jazz Fest weekends. We attended the Give Nola Fest and enjoyed the good energy of […]Read more "Jazz Fest Karma 3.0"
Lindsay and Melody are 2 of the most positive, free spirited and inspirational people I have ever met. They always see the best in people at first glance. Their kindness and gentle approach to life has inspired me more than ever to keep trying to step out of my comfort zone however hard it is. […]Read more "Travelling with the Gypsy Givers "