January 29, 2013

Adoption Fundraiser Linkup!

Come close- I'm about to tell you something you need to hear.  Are you ready for it?  Here it comes... ADOPTION IS EXPENSIVE!!!  Can I get an amen?  (And all the adopting families groan amen.)

When we adopted way back in the day, we were so brand spanking new to the adoption community that we did not realize that people actually fundraised to cover the costs of adoption.  No lie.  We just didn't know.  And boy- the credit card that took us two years to pay off sure wish that we had known!

There are few things that thrill me more than being a part of helping to bring home someone's child through adoption.  Sometimes $5 is all we can spare.  Sometimes I happen to find a $20 in my purse at church and it just burns a hole in my pocket through the whole sermon until I can run over to the closest adopting family in the congregation and hand it over.  But no matter what the amount- it is hands down my favorite way to spend my money.  There is NOTHING like seeing that first picture of a family being united and knowing that you had a hand in that.  It almost gives me chills thinking about it.  Helping to create a family for a child is the coolest thing I can imagine.  If it's something you've never been a part of, I just can't encourage you enough to get behind an adopting family.

I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago who is about to embark on the journey of adopting.  She said that part of her felt funny about asking people to help them out financially.  I get it.  It's hard asking people to part with their dollars.  But for so many people, it is an HONOR to give and be a part of making families and supporting adoptions..  It's not asking someone to give you money so that you can go to the spa.  It's giving someone an opportunity to give to a child in need- and what does a child need more than a family?

Every so often I like to do a fundraising linkup to give adopting families a place to post what they are doing to help bring home their kids (no matter what kind of adoption or from where)  If you are a fundraising family PLEASE put up your link!  Others want to find you!

Here are just a few of my favorite fundraisers going on right now:

BEARD FOR GLORY:  Some people get so stinkin' creative, it just blows my mind.  The Wallace Family in KY are letting you be a part of settling a marital dispute.  You see- the dad of the operation has the ability to grow an epic beard.  The mama is not a fan.  For $5 to their adoption fund they are letting you place a vote on "beard or no beard" and determine the fate of his facial hair.  Check out their super cute video.

You can see all the details on their site BEARD FOR GLORY.
Another one I'm totally loving is this silver "Be The Change" bracelet:
You can check out how to order it through the Boswell's site.
Now it's your turn!  Link up your fundraisers below (please link straight to the fundraiser- not a blog home page).  If you've got friends adoping- link up their fundraisers for them. And everyone else- start shopping and supporting.  You have an awesome opportunity to be a part of changing a child's WHOLE LIFE!  Get crackin'!  If you aren't in a position to support a family right now, would you please consider sharing?  These families need all the help they can get.  Thanks a million!


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