Every one of the members of the 99 Orphans Project Team agrees that today was very tiring. Each of the 20+ members had an important job to do and, thus, everyone was busy working from 4-8:30pm.
Alhamdulillah, we raised $453 from the ice cream social. Because we worked so hard to acquire this money, we can truly appreciate every penny of this amount.
Although I could write a long article about all the ice cream dishes we had, how many customers attended, what kind of aprons the cooks were wearing, and other details that you might be interested in knowing, I’ll save that for another post. Right now, less than an hour after the ice cream social ended, I want to dedicate this post to thanking everyone who helped make the evening a success.
First of all, I want to thank the customers who came to today’s event. Thank you for supporting us and helping us help orphans and patiently putting up with our mishaps. May Allah reward you for spending your time and money today.
I also want to thank the wonderful adults who helped out. Sister Rizwana, who offered great smoothie recipes and support. Sister Reshma, who went to the store before it started when we realized we were short on supplies, who made great suggestions for our menu, and supported and encouraged us from the start. Sister Murvet, who gave a lot of valuable advice and tirelessly worked in the kitchen the entire time. Sister Nayma, who gave much valuable advice and worked the entire time, as well. Br. Murat, who saved the day by bringing supplies we needed when we ran out of ice cream! We appreciate your help a lot!
And last, but definitely, definitely not least, thank you to all the wonderful members who put in all their effort in preparation for today’s event and during the ice cream social. Today has probably taken more work from every member than ever before in our 99 Orphans Project.
The members who cleaned up, set up, and decorated the center for the social, spending extra time after our Friday meeting to continue and then coming extra early today to finish up. The colorful atmosphere of the center today was because of them.
The waitresses, who painstakingly took down orders and passed out the dishes to the customers. They had no practice except for a brief rehearsal and overview half an hour before the event. Mostly between the ages of 9 and 11, these girls worked hard, patiently submitting the orders and calmly when receiving complaints.
The welcoming duty members who welcomed customers at the front. The members who directed customers to their tables. The receipt makers were at work the entire time, hurrying to accurately add up prices and type up and print receipts. The chefs in the kitchen were on their feet the entire time, as well, hurrying to fill in orders, trying to patiently handle returned dishes, and keeping calm when the ice cream began to run out.
I hope all the members will continue to work hard for the rest of the year to help orphans all around the world. I know you guys will all agree that all the hard work was worth it because we are able to help orphans!
~ Nur Kose