Before you know it

The five of us posing with the boxes we packed, accompanied by our professor. Photo by Justin Doromal

You ever hear that saying, “Before you know it?” Perhaps, “Before you know it, you won’t have any more excused absences,” or, “Before you know it, all your friends will have left you.” There’s always this sort of negative connotation to the saying, a warning almost.

Thankfully, I’ll be using it here in a not so morbid context. This past Friday, four other students from our class and I traveled to the Bayshore area in South Tampa to help pack the supplies that had been cluttering our professor’s garage. Naturally, the chance to meet the dogs was an added bonus, not to mention screen time on ABC news later that evening, but perks aside our total number of boxes shipped had risen to 84 by the end of that day, leaving us with only 36 more boxes to reach our 120 goal.

That got me thinking. Thirty-six boxes was still a large number of boxes to ship, though much less daunting than the original 120. But having been so busy with our own individual activities, were we actually aware of just how close our goal actually was?

Boxes in the trunk, ready to be shipped. Only 36 more to go...or is it? Photo by Justin Doromal

Then Monday’s class meeting came around, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear that classmates Zoe Stiling and Zazu Garate had collected around 14 boxes from their most recent visit to Freedom High School (and, having been a high school graduate from that same school, I was quite proud to hear this news, even if I was not familiar with the teacher who provided most of the boxes). But if 14 boxes alone were in Zoe’s trunk, that only left us with 22 boxes.

So I returned home that Monday morning and, out of curiosity, started packing my own boxes. Last week I’d received 204 notepads from a friend, Tommy Riotto, and those alone filled five boxes. And by the end of the day, I’d had 15 boxes stacked along my bedroom wall – not including the eight or nine backpacks that I couldn’t pack yet, nor the box of donations I’d yet to sort through.

The fifteen boxes in my room, miscellaneous items not included. Maybe we weren't as far away from reaching our goal as we'd thought. Photo by Justin Doromal

Throwing in my 15 boxes now brings us down to 7 boxes. Amongst our entire class.

It definitely isn’t to say that we’ll stop once we hit 120 boxes. We still have an event planned at Bull Market, which was originally planned for today, but because of unpredictable weather it had been rescheduled for next Wednesday April 6th. Several other students are still running their own drives, also.

And so, in a positive context as promised: Before we know it (I personally would say by next Monday, or the week after), we’ll have well passed our goal of 120 boxes.

Note from Prof. Liisa Temple: While the students are getting close to reaching their goal of 120 boxes – they still need help with raising the funds to ship all the boxes. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation through the Holland and Knight Charitable Foundation and sponsor the shipping of a single box. For more information, please click here for more information. It takes just $12.95 to ship a box to Afghanistan to the U.S. troops who distribute these items – and that one box can literally help hundreds of Afghan children and it can also really help our troops.

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About Justin Doromal

I am a student at the University of South Florida majoring in Mathematics, with a side interest in educational improvement and pedagogy. I am literate in French, though not necessarily fluent, and in my free time I like indulging in Korean pop music culture.
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