The amazing thing about the tent campaign was the support we received from the Houston community. After sending out an initial email to gauge people’s interest to sponsor a tent for $150, I had over 120 responses within 48 hours. It was touching how this soon became an international campaign, with people from Ireland and Holland looking to contribute to the cause.
Upon my arrival to Cairo, I met with Dr. Mai Aref, the head of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), to coordinate the logistics regarding the trucks, supplies and border protocol.
One thing worth noting is the contrasting sentiments of the Egyptian people and the Egyptian government with regard to the Gaza issue. From the moment I arrived in Cairo I have felt nothing but support on all levels ranging from the tent merchant who sold the tents to us at cost to the workers loading the trucks who refused to be paid to the inspectors at the check points who did everything possible to facilitate our safe passage. Their warmth and encouragement was truly a sign of the support of the Egyptian people.