Haiti Day 2: Bagging Crazy Love

My Journal Today:

I slept like a rock, no Ambien necessary and shot out of bed at the buzz of Ali’s iPhone alarm.  Breakfast at 7am sharp – eggs, hot Quinoa breakfast cereal, coffee (strong!)

We drove about 20 minuets to a loading area where we waited for a 20ft. semi truck loaded with boxes of food pulled in.  Several workers were hired to help us.  We unloaded the truck and listened briefly to instructions.  Each bag was to be stuffed with: 2 Salami, 5 cans of sardines, 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of mixed vegetables, powdered leche, brown sugar, bag of cereal, bag of oatmeal and 1 loaf of fresh baked bread.  We stuffed 3 plastic bags and made 900 “ready to go” bags.  We attracted a lot of attention, and I loved watching street boys coming to help us bag food.   They insisted they could miss school and help us.  At first, our assembly line was a little disorganized, but we quickly got in the grove and worked as a team.  We were all bagging crazy love!  We completed the packing at 2pm.

It was incredible to work with locals and laugh and joke and get the job done together.  We took a photo with Don Fuhr’s timer… Ali and I yelling “Uno, Dos, Tres, Queso!!”  We laughed in hysterics, but I don’t think anyone got our joke.

Back to the hotel for a quick clean up and then a delicious dinner out at a local restaurant.

Video #1- We start off with a bang bagging 900 meals (ignore my ecstatic shrills about 170,000- I was a little off that day)

Bagging Crazy Love for Haiti from Kari Gibson on Vimeo.

Video #2- Crazy Assembly Line packing up truck with 900 bags of food!! We had a blast, but man it was a lot of sweaty work!

Why we are here – an excellent video from PBS.

Thank you, Don Fuhr for letting me use some of your amazing pics!!

http://flavordiva.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Quinoa-Millet-Breakfast.jpgHot Quinoa Breakfast Cereal Recipe


  1. Rinse quinoaquinoa and add in to water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 min. Add in apples, raisins and cinnamon; simmer till water is absorbed.
  2. Serve with lowfat milklowfat milk or possibly cream and sweeten to taste with honey or possibly brown sugar.

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