Sunday, November 6, 2011

Orphan Sunday

Over the last year our hearts have been forever changed for the plight of orphans.  After working so hard to bring Dariya home and traveling to Ukraine this summer and seeing the sights we saw we will never forget all the children in this world that don't have a family to call their own.

We pray that everyone who walked along with us during our adoption of Dariya has been moved as well.

We are so thankful to have our Ukrainian princess in our family and are thankful to the multitude of people who donated, prayed and helped us bring her home in a matter of a few months.

I could sit back and say we have done our part.  We have rescued our orphan, we have donated to other families adopting, our job is done.  But, truthfully you know as well as I do that the story can't end there.   If it did it would be a colossal fail on our part.   We have to keep praying, fighting, advocating and donating to help these children find families.

I prayed for God to break my heart for what breaks his and he did in a big way.  Jason and I continue to pray for where God is leading us to help orphans.  We know that we will continue to support Reece's Rainbow and the orphans that they list on their website and we encourage  beg you to do the same.

From November 1 through December 31st each year Reece's Rainbow holds their biggest fundraiser, the Angel Tree.  The goal is to raise $1000 for each child during the holiday season.  You can sponsor any child with down syndrome and help them get to their forever families sooner.  With any $35 tax deductible donation you will receive a Christmas ornament with your sponsored child's picture to place on your tree.  

My sweet Maria (Charlotte as she will be called) is getting to meet her forever family tomorrow morning!  I love that I have her ornament on my tree from last year and I love the connection I have with her family.

Or there are awesome Angel tree dollars available for the first time this year.  You buy the angel tree dollars and print out the certificate and give it to whomever and they go on the RR website and chose which child they want the money to go towards.   What a great stocking stuffer, teacher gift, therapist gift,or just an awesome way to spread the love and advocacy about Reece's Rainbow.

Click HERE to go to the Angel Tree page and pray over which child you would like to help this season. (Charity is still top of our list, just sayin')

Dariya says, "What are you waiting for go help one of my friends find their forever family"


Lacey said...

Right now, I can't go on RR and look at the children. I want them all! When I see my sweet Lily, still without a family, it kills me. I had my eye on her after I committed to Arina!I need to do more, I haven't done so much after Arina came home because I've been so crazy!

Reading Widely said...
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Reading Widely said...

Just wanted to say "Hi" from After the Rainbow. If you need anything or just want to talk to other families who have "been there", please don't hesitate to contact me or to post on the After the Rainbow Yahoo Group (shoot me an email if you're not a member yet).

Rachel Whitmire
Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry