Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Christmas warriors for Arnold

It's time for Reece's Rainbow's 2011 Angel Tree!  Our family has chosen to sponsor Arnold this year. That means we have a goal to raise $1,000 for his adoption grant account.  We know first hand what that can mean for him.  When we went to adopt Mary, the money donated to her Reece's Rainbow account literally made all the difference; adoption grants allow families to cover the agency fees, travel expenses, and other costs of adopting.  We have learned that there is no shortage of willing families, but most don't have the kind of cash needed to heed the call.  Let's remove that obstacle!

Will you read about Arnold here?  Let his description touch your heart, even a wee bit?  Then go to this page, scroll down to ARNOLD and click "donate".  You will have the option to choose an ornament (or 2, or 3...) with Arnold's picture on it, or simply make a flat donation.  An ornament is $35.  I bet there are a few people on your Christmas list who you desire to "gift", but who "don't need a thing".  Arnold needs a family.  Consider honoring your loved one by changing the world.  Yes - adopting one child can't change the world, but for that one child, the world will change.  This gift matters.  As you present your loved one with their ornament, share with them what it means.  We thank you in advance.

Here you see Mary holding one of the 2008 Reece's Rainbow Angel Tree ornaments.  She'd just been home a couple of weeks when we took this special picture; special, of course, because only a few months before, we'd found her on Reece's Rainbow.  Over 500 special needs children world-wide are now home with their forever families as a result of fundraising and advocacy by Reece's Rainbow.

A final note, some of you may remember how we spent months fundraising and advocating for sweet Olga, who had cerebral palsy.  We raised over $2,000 for her, but a family was not able to get to her before she was transferred to the institution, where she sadly passed.  Or not sadly.  I would not wish a bedridden loveless existence upon anyone.  Such a hard truth.  But I want you to know that the money that was donated went into other accounts, and helped bring home children like those seen here on the homecoming page.  It's such a blessing for me to scroll through and see faces of children we've prayed for, smiling in their parents' arms.  You might enjoy clicking on the 2008 link, see if there's anyone you recognize there? :)  While Olga's passing was a blow, and remains one of those places in my heart that I dare anyone to placate with pat-answers, I choose to hold on hope and continue advocating for waiting children.

Please help us help Arnold, and rejoice with us when he is finally home.

1 comment:

Madame Purl said...

I've been praying every spare moment for Arnold to find a loving home.