How do you save 147 million orphans?
One at a time.
A few days ago, I came across this blog. Patti is the mother of ten (yes, TEN!) children, one of whom has Down syndrome. She started a fund-raiser, the Pure Love Giveaway, when she saw that little Peter was going to be institutionalized soon. You see, Peter was born with an extra chromosome, in a place where that is virtually a death sentence: Eastern Europe. Peter has heart and health issues that need to be addressed right away, and without a family to adopt him, he will soon die in an institution. Patti’s heart was moved by this little boy, and she set out to save him. She started her fundraiser with the ambitious goal of raising enough money to cover all of his adoption costs ($20,000!) She hoped that, with a full grant in place, a loving family would step up and claim him as their own.
Only a few days later, Peter’s adoption grant has grown to over $13,500, and thanks to the information spread by the Pure Love Giveaway, his forever family found him! Peter will have a home, the love and the medical care he needs, but he needs to come home SOON! He can’t wait a year for his family to raise the funds for his adoption – it needs to move quickly, and they need the money NOW.
While she was raising money for Peter, Patti also asked for donations for two other orphans – Olga and Kareem. Within only a couple days, the goals were met for the two girls, and Olga’s family found her. It has been amazing to watch the progress of this fundraiser … doing so much more than raising money – it is building families and saving lives!
Now, Patti has decided to try to rescue Artem as well. You’ll have to visit her blog or the Reece’s Rainbow site to read more about him, but I think he has an especially winning smile! He needs a family, badly. So, if you know someone who could add him to their family, please spread the word.
Here is where it gets fun and exciting: Patti’s enthusiasm and these dear children have captured the hearts of so many people, that there are some amazing prizes donated for this fund raiser. To win the prizes (an ipad, a digital SLR camera, diamond earrings, gift cards…), all you have to do is donate $10 (or more!) to their adoption funds. Donate through Reece’s Rainbow via Paypal (click here for Peter) or (click here for Artem), or write them a check to save the paypal fees.
Then, visit the Pure Love Giveaway, and leave Patti a comment letting her know that you’ve made a donation. That’s all it takes.
You don’t have to be a hero to help these beautiful children. You can help them come home, $10 at a time.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” (Matthew 25:40)