Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fundraiser updates


We are pretty swamped with immediate family needs and getting sick... but the fundraisers will happen! We're still planning on having a bake sale and having an online sale. I don't know for sure when they'll be. My hope is that they will happen when the school year starts in September. I don't like Vinnie to be kept waiting. But I must place my immediate family first.

Please contribute to his grant or to his fundraiser if you can!

God bless and we'll be in touch...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Reece's Rainbow Grants: Secure?

A very important question you may have about Vinnie's Adoption grant: What happens if things go wrong? What if he is adopted in country, or by anybody who is not connected by Reece's Rainbow? What if his country decides he's unadoptable? What if he gos to be with Jesus like James... and no longer needs a grant to have a familiy?

Good question. The answer?
"<em>It is given to another child if it is a waiting child grant and the child becomes unavailable. We always try to choose another child with the same disability, same age and same country if possible. If it is a child that had been selected by a family, the family would be able to choose another child and keep the grant (but only if the child is truly not available, not if they just decide to pick a different kid or different country program).</em>"  ~<a href="">Shelley </a>with <a href="">Reece's Rainbow</a>

Furthermore, when a child turns six years old, they enter the older child section of Reece's Rainbow and no longer have their own individual grant. In this case, I believe their grant goes to the "Older Child Grant" fund on Reece's Rainbow. At no time does the grant get absorbed by the staff at Reece's Rainbow.

Note: All donations made to grants have 10% taken to help keep Reece's Rainbow functioning. We have confidence in this organization.

***We have received a few fabulous donations for Vinnie's fundraiser, but we are still accepting more! We will continue accepting donations until I have time to contact some businesses to request donations of gift cards. I hope to have the fundraiser before the end of August. So if you had something you wanted to donate, don't wait! Let me know soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

First Blog - A Call to Action!

We met Vinnie last month (well, we sat in the car while Elena went inside the orphanage with our camera since we did not have permission). We were given the opportunity to adopt him at the same time as we adopt our son Jordan. You see, our first referral, James, passed away on June 10th and there was a great hole in our lives. But Vinnie is not going to come home with us.

And we grieve for him.

We grieve that he has lost these years without a family. We rejoice that God has a plan for him and we cling to the belief that Vinnie has a Mommy and Daddy that are out there looking for him. Our job? Our job is to help as much as we can to take away the financial mountain that stands between him and his family.

Vinnie is 3 1/2 years old. He lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. Why? Because he was born with Down Syndrome. He is less than 20 pounds and he desperately needs a family to call him son and then dote on him as the title requires. He doesn’t have his whole life to wait. He will only be in his current orphanage for another year or two and then he will be moved to a poorer home… either an orphanage for older children or a mental institution. No child deserves the conditions there.

But there is hope! Help us raise money for his adoption grant. We would like to hold an online fundraiser… an auction or a “virtual yard sale” and also a giveaway where people purchase chances to win. Later, we will have a bake sale.

All proceeds will go directly to his tax-deductible adoption grant.

Would you consider donating items with a craigslist/resale value of $10 or more to the sale? Items that ship well are the ideal. (books, movies, jewelry, crocheted clothing, boxed games, unwanted gift cards… anything!) 

(You can also do what a sweet friend is doing if you have something to donate, but it's too big to ship. Solution: Sell the item yourself (on craigslist?) and donate the proceeds to his grant.)

Please contact us with questions or to donate items.

Please share this invitation with anybody who might be interested in participating! We will need enough people participating to pull this off!

To view Vinnie’s adoption grant, click here:​innie-21-6

Please Note: You do NOT have to be local. Email me a photo and description of the item you would like to donate and we will ship the item directly from your home to the purchaser. All profits of the sales go to Vinnie’s grant. Shipping will be paid by Brian and I or by you, if you choose to support the fundraiser in that way.

Contributions so far:
  • $100 gift card to Best Buy
  • Custom Hole Drilling service
  • A personal Photo session
  • New, unopened board game
  • Gorgeous purse/tote by Tote-Ally Blessed
  • I will also be approaching some local businesses to see if anybody is willing to donate other products or gift cards. If you have a business or… work somewhere… do you have a product or service you can donate to help Vinnie’s mommy and daddy bring him home?