We were slated to do another day of door-to-door deliveries to villages in the Oskil area, but the military administrator in the area recommended we not go to these villages because we don’t have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. It had been sleeting and freezing rain the last few days, and the roads were apparently too icy. So instead, we dropped all the aid off at a school in Oskil.
We basically put together and aid package for 60 families; standard items are pasta, oatmeal, cooking oil, sugar, salt, buckwheat, cans of preserved meats, cookies and treats, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, dish detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, canned fish, tea, and laundry detergent for washing clothes by hand. We weren’t quite sure if we were going to be able to fit it all into the van, so we filled every available cube and managed to do it.
It was a semi-white knuckle ride to drive the 2.5 hours on slushy roads with some freezing rain thrown into the mix. Along the way, we passed several convoys of military vehicles coming and going.