Friday, March 4, 2011

Huge Give A Way for Three Sweet Boys!

My friend Michelle - who led us to our "Little One" adopted three children from the same place last summer. She has a tremendous heart for orphans and especially ones from the same baby house where her little ones once were. She is helping with a HUGE HUGE HUGE GIVEAWAY for three little boys who have already been transferred out of the baby house. These three little boys each had a family coming for them at one time..but something happened and the families were not able to continue in their adoption.  It is so crucial these little boys future families find them...please would you consider helping by reading Michelle's post below, passing it on or entering to win...or maybe....when you look at their little faces would you ask if maybe you could be one of these boys families? 

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Over the past year, I have seen many of the precious children from the baby house come home and are now in the arms of their forever families. Many of these children I have met while on my own journey…and the before and after images in my mind are amazing. I have looked into the eyes of these children while they were still in the confinement of the orphanage walls. Their eyes told a story…a story of abandonment, neglect, and hopelessness. Now, looking at the pictures of those same children…their eyes tell a whole new story…the story of love, hope, and a future. It has truly been a joy and a blessing to watch these children blossom because of the love of a family.

As I sit here the faces of many other children who were not so fortunate consume my thoughts. These are the ones left behind…the ones that have little chance of ever being united with a family…these are the forgotten souls of the baby house.
There are three forgotten ones that weigh heavy on my heart…Sasha, Niko, and Easton.

Although these boys do not share the same blood…they still share so much…they share the same story. All three of these boys were abandoned at birth and took their place behind the doors of the baby house. They were all perfectly made creations of God, but they all share another characteristic that deems them unacceptable in their society…they are all disabled. As many of you know, children with disabilities in Eastern Europe have little hope for a future.

The life of an orphan is not easy…most of these children never see beyond the orphanage gates.

There is little food, lack of attention, and no interaction with the outside world. Most orphanages are overcrowded and understaffed, because they lack the necessary funds to properly care for the children.

Many children are left in the confines of their crib and have learned that their cries for attention do no good.

As a response to neglect, many children turn to rocking as a form of self soothing. It is no life for any child…but it’s a better life then what awaits them on their 5th birthday. The walls of baby house are no longer their refuge…no longer their shelter…no longer their protection…because when a child turns 5, they leave the baby house and are sent to an institution.

I can’t even begin to imagine what these three forgotten souls were thinking on that day…the day when life as they knew it changed forever and they were taken away from the only home they had ever known and transferred to a new place. Oh my, how my heart aches for those forgotten souls. At one point, there were actually families that committed to adopt them. Families that thought about them, loved them, and were making the mad dash to rescue them. But recently, both families were unable to finish the adoptions…so once again these boys are forgotten.

Time is running out for them and they need a family fast…so I have joined forces with some very generous people to raise money and awareness for the forgotten ones.

Up for grabs…Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet

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Apple iPod Touch

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Nintendo Wii

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$300 Target Gift Card

Here is how you can win one of these great items:
1) Donate to Sasha’s grant fund through Project hopeful
2) Donate to Niko’s grant fund through Project hopeful
3) Donate to Easton’s grant fund through Reece’s Rainbow

$10 donation= 1 entry
$25 donation= 3 entries
$50 donation= 8 entries
$100 donation= 20 entries
$150 donation= 35 entries
$200 donation= 55 entries
$250 donation= 80 entries
$300 donation= 110 entries

All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE and I have placed the donate buttons to the right of this post to make it easy for you to donate.

*Note: Individual grant funds have been set up for Sasha and Niko through Project
Hopeful because they are too old to have individual grant fund
through Reece’s Rainbow.

4) Donate and spread the word and you will be entered just for raising awareness. You can post on your blog, facebook, or any other media outlet. You can enter everyday just by reposting this giveaway daily.

Names of those who donate will automatically be sent through the chip-in, but if you are one of the awesome people spreading the word…please leave a comment where you posted so you can be added to the giveaway.

Giveaway will run March 4th through March 25th

The ultimate goal for this giveaway is to raise awareness for these boys. International adoption is NOT cheap and there are many families that would love to adopt…there is just one thing standing in their way…$20,000! Please help spread the word and raise the money needed to help a family save the forgotten souls.

If you are interested in finding out more about Sasha, Niko, and Easton…please visit their advocacy blog can also visit Reece's Rainbow and Project Hopeful to find out more about International adoption.

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