As (almost) every morning, I walked into my office, turned on my laptop and started writing some emails. Ten minutes later, a knock on the door insistently interrupted my 'Dear...'s, 'All the best's, and 'Yours truly's and made me grab the key. My colleague Lucian was faster: he'd already opened the door. Only to step back from the door holding the paper that the man knocking had given him, and come to me with a very puzzled expression on his face:
- We've just received 385 kilograms of something. Do you know anything about it? 385 kg? Gosh, what could this be? Half a car, a really big motorcycle, cattle... I grabbed the paper he was holding: it said 'Sender ref: Make a difference for Romania'! Luckily, I also recognized a name, Daniela Cristea, my Care and Teaching Supervisor for Projects Abroad Romania. Maybe she can unravel the mystery...On the phone, she sounded bemused as well: - I have no idea, I don't know what it could be...Hold on! Are they in many little TNT boxes? (yes, they are) It must be a donation from Melanie then, but I had no idea she was sending anything.
Well, it took us a while (and all the space in the hallway) to unload the whole truck of all the tooth paste, clothes, baby food, tea, toys and many other things that Melanie Persson from Sweden - one of our former volunteers - had sent in an attempt to 'Make a difference for Romania'. Melanie - and two of her colleagues from TNT Sweden, Clara and Robert - collected the goods from many different places in Sweden, from TNT employees and their family and friends. Well, they will definitely make a difference in the lives of quite a few poor, disadvantaged families around the city of Brasov, that's for sure. Not that this is the first time they've made a similar donation. In fact, we have just about finished distributing the goods from the last batch and if I ever want to be able to park my bicycle in the hallway, we'll have to quickly start donating these ones as well.
In all seriousness now, myself as well as all my colleagues in Projects Abroad Romania are very grateful to you, Melanie and to all your colleagues at TNT Sweden, for your generosity and thoughtfulness, and we would like to assure you that we feel you are indeed 'making a difference for Romania'.
Mircea Samoila Projects Abroad Director for Romania