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Loading the Dominica Container!

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This will be chapter 2 of our Dominica project. As you know, Chapter 1 was

a Tropical Storm named Erika basically wiped out the island, setting them

back a couple decades. They are a very small island, not important in the

world, and although this only happened about a month ago… it’s no longer

on the news. They have been forgotten by the MSM and much of the world...

 

… but not by us. :)

 

As you probably know, I spend a lot of time working with banks and attorneys

in central/latin america and the Caribbean, and I actually had a business trip

scheduled to Dominica for the week following the storm. After the storm

came through, I learned that I would not be able to keep my appointments

due to the natural disaster. I decided that I would go there anyway, and offer

my help cleaning up. That wasn’t even possible, as the airstrip was so

covered in mud that planes could not land.

 

Shoot. I searched and found no dedicated organization to donate to help

specifically Dominica. Every organization either had high overhead (i.e. only

a portion of your money goes to the actual people) or they were not actually

dedicated to Dominica, and again only a portion of donations would help the

people there. 

 

I wasn’t happy with that, so I called some churches in Dominica and they

were all very appreciative, but did not want money… they need food and

supplies.

 

Here at our home site DinarVets we devised a plan to help - we found a

shipping company, a wholesaler that could fill a container, and we worked

out the logistics.

 

Within about a week and a half our relatively small community, without any

advertising or outside help, raised over $20,000… $22,410 to be precise! 

 

Although Dominica will need help for a long time to come, we all knew how

critical it was to act fast. I’ll be the first to admit that we might have squeezed

more out of our money if we had more time or experience… but the important

thing, in my opinion, is that we ACTED.

 

And if we ever feel the need to do something like this again, you can bet we

are more prepared. :)

 

At one point in the process it seemed like everything would just fall in place...

...the shipping company had experience shipping containers, the Costco we

chose had experience loading containers, we had a list of items that fit our

budget AND in the container we could afford, so everything was working great!

 

But at the last minute, I started getting phone calls from the above named

parties, and I sensed confusion… 

 

… so I decided to fly into Miami and make certain things went as planned, or as

close as possible. You know what they say... if you want something done right,

you do it yourself!

 

When I got into Miami it was about midnight EST. I checked into a hotel and was

laying in bed about 1 AM… by then I was overtired and had a hard time falling

asleep, which I guess is pretty normal for me. I finally did fall asleep but I was up

at 6 AM with my mind racing - I was excited to go do this!

 

There was some time to kill in the morning, so I started the day off with a jog.

 

Good morning, Miami!

 

start-with-a-jog.jpg

 

Not a bad way to start the day… up here in Wisconsin, we’re about out of “nice”

mornings, so that was nice!

 

After a LOT of phone calls to get things coordinated, it had been decided that we

would do a 10AM load. The Costco assured me that everything was ready and it

would take about 15-20 minutes for them to load the entire container by forklifts.

 

I get a call from the Costco at about 9:30, the person who helped organize this all

realized she hadn’t taken payment yet, and we’re talking about $15,000 worth of

items. “Don’t worry”, I said. “I’m on my way right now and I’ll make payment at

the store by credit card.” :) (It turns out they don’t take anything except Debit and

AMEX - BOY am I glad I have that Platinum Card!)

 

But before I could make the payment, something else happened… and it made the

whole trip worth my time. My Uber dropped me off at the Costco I had Googled for

Miami and I went to the office to fill out my paperwork… turns out I was at the wrong

place. Or the truck was at the wrong place. Or both! Either way, panic starts to set in…

this container is a $4000+ expense. I have ONE day - THAT day - to make this work.

And the shipping company only gave us 2 hours at the loading dock to make it happen!

 

I would say I “frantically” started calling people, but really I don’t do anything frantically.

The 3 Cs my grade school teacher taught me always ring in my head - Cool, Calm, Collected.

 

(Write that down. It's simple and it works!)

 

I’ll cut to the chase… I worked it out. 40 minutes later the same Uber dropped me

at the correct Costco, and at this time we only had an hour and 20 to get everything

loaded.

 

While we were scrambling around running to different Costco's to figure everything

out the charges were racking up but I was able to talk the company into minimizing

it for us - the confusion only cost $220 extra. Whew! I was prepared to hear a much

higher number, which I would have had no choice but to pay - after all this work,

this container WILL be on it’s way to Dominica!

 

Here is our Little Yellow Box. (Kind of ironic that it’s sort of faded, but that’s a VIP thing ;) )

 

our-yellow-container.jpg

 

Back it on up!

 

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Since it took so long for the container to get there, other trucks had to be unloaded

and loaded. By the time our container was at the correct location, all of this was in

our way:

 

in-our-way.jpg

 

It was a lot more than it looks like… there was NO way to get our items to our truck

without moving a LOT of items. I offered to help, but they wouldn’t give me the keys

to a forklift. :(

 

No worries… If I had to lay down in front of our truck to keep him from leaving, I was

prepared to do so. This container WILL be loaded! :D

 

The men (and one very feisty and capable small woman) in the loading area were very

competent and they began the reorganizing… things went pretty quick.

 

As I started doing inventory on the pallets I actually had a couple of tears in my eyes.

 

Here's what we were able to buy and fit in our container:

 

  • 1750 lbs of flour - (70) 25# bags

  • 2250 lbs of long grain rice - (45) 50# bags

  • 2000 lbs of long grain rice - (80) 25# bags

  • (960) 15oz cans of black beans

  • (960) 15 oz cans of kidney beans

  • 640 lbs of brown rice - (64) 10# bags

  • 2250 lbs of jasmine rice - (90) 25# bags

  • 720 Quarts of canola oil

  • 720 Quarts of vegetable oil

  • (800) 15oz Chicken Soups

  • 7200 Super Large MAXI (pads? I don’t know about these things!)

  • 8640 Tampax Pearl regular

  • 41760 Huggies baby wipes

  • 6264 size 2 diapers

  • 8910 size 3 diapers

  • 5400 size 4 diapers

 

Are you overwhelmed yet?? I AM!

 

As the items went on I took pictures. I got in the way a lot, they were little annoyed,

but I had a job to do. There was no way I was going to let all of YOUR efforts not get

recorded and shared with you!

 

1st-pallets.jpg

 

2nd-in.jpg

 

3rd-was-oils.jpg

 

4th-pic.jpg

 

5th-pic-flour-and-soup.jpg

 

...........TO BE CONTINUED......

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Awesome job Adam !!  Thanks so much for seeing this thing through as it mite not of went so good had you not been able to be there , hats off to you Adam !!

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I am in Miami sending blessings to the little yellow box (whichever one it is; there are lots here) . May it nourish and strengthen all who receive it.

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Great job Adam and all the DV'ers who participated!!!!! :twothumbs:

That just makes your heart smile ;)

Happy Friday everyone

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Impressive indeed. That you conceived of this idea to help, formulated a plan, put it into action and saw it thru (more like pushed it thru) shows that you are the "can-do" man to stick with throughout this Dinar Ride we are on, meaning this successful effort with this Dominica Project is directly related to my confidence in your efforts to guide us thru to good results with our Dinar Investment. I'll continue riding here with the group and may we all become successful when we reach our destination. 

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This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me so happy that I am a part of this group!  

 

Thanks Adam, for everything you take on for us, and to all of those who were able to get behind this wonderful endeavor!  What a great way to start my Friday!!

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Thank you for setting this up for us so we could help and thanks for all the pictures and narrative.  It is a great way to start Friday.

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Wow, that was amazing!  You are the go-to man around here, Adam.   Thanks so much for the extra effort you put in to make this happen.  And thanks to everyone that jumped in and helped, whether it was with donations, phone calls, whatever.     Awesome group!

 

And yes, that "faded yellow" container is a sight to behold!   I'm sure all the VIP'rs and the OSI'rs will know what Adam is talking about on the "faded yellow" comment.   :twothumbs:

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Welcome to the wonderful world of commodity relocation specialist. Otherwise known as a truck driver.LOL

I had to laugh Adam, as I read how you had to deal with the things I deal with everyday, after 23 years you just take it in stride.

I am so honored to be a part of this myself. Thank you very much Adam and God bless you.

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Thanks for the follow-up and pictures, fantastic! You are truly amazing at getting the job done. Many blessings to you and your family..."thank you" will never be enough!

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Adam I know a former missionary to Dominica that knows of some churches you could get in contact with.  I'm sure he would have a lot of information for you.

 

Ed R............- xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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THANK YOU! I started reading the list of things we're sending to Grammaolive and got a bit choked up, so I stopped and said you can read the rest on your login. My hat is off to you and ALL of the fine folks that made this happen.

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