Many people have asked about how they can support us – we have felt your prayers – and already they have opened doors that we thought were closed. Thank you!

I originally had wished that we would not need to fund raise.  I am learning that this may be God’s way of making more people aware of adoption, and giving people who maybe can’t adopt a chance to learn more about the process and be supportive of adoption and life issues even if they are not adopting themselves.  For those that have adopted previously, it is a chance for them to share their story, talk about how God has worked in them through adoption, and for those that have accepted funds in the past, it is a chance for them to pay it forward.

When we look at the large amount of money needed for us to bring our child home it seems overwhelming. It has been a faith building experience to be sure.   One thing I am realizing is that every little bit helps. It’s easy to think that a little bit here or there doesn’t make a difference  – but it adds up.  I had been saving several small checks we have received for various reasons over the past couple of months – and when I added them up – there was $500 there.  Most of these were just various mileage and reimbursement checks that we absorbed into our budget.   It added up. Once our homestudy is complete and in our hands, we will be able to apply for a variety of grants that are available. Many of these grants request or require that we are able to match, or partially match funds that we raise ourselves.

We are lucky enough to have friends and family all over the state, US, and even the World!  How can you creatively help us?  Here are a few ideas.

Sales – of course there is EBay, Craigslist, swap sites, etc. if you are really adventurous, you could do a garage sale.  Collect donations of kids clothes in good shape and take to a consignment store that pays cash.  It’s not exactly sales, but bottle deposits/etc. could fit in here as well. When people you know are cleaning out – offer to sell their stuff as well.

Parties – This could be a home based business party where the proceeds go to support the adoption.  If you want some information from us (if you are out of the area) let me know.  If you are in the area – invite us!  Serve snacks from South Korea 🙂  Or, have a party where people make goodies or crafts to sell in support.

Shopping – We already have the Amazon Affiliate storefront.  We plan on setting up at least one other one in the near future at Just Love Coffee Roasters.  Share these links with others.  If they are going to buy stuff anyway…

Sports – A little competition is always fun. We are promoting the NASCAR $1/point for Daytona – Baseball fans – maybe start a jar for $1/home run, or at work, people pick a team to support and figure out a way to collect a little at a time. (Instead of friendly wagers for lunch, think of supporting something that will last a lot longer.)

Fasting – As we move toward Lent – a lot of people choose to “give something up” for the period of Lent. Maybe you can fast from your morning beverage purchase on your way to work. Give up the afternoon soda or vending machine treat.  Pack your lunch for a week.  You get the idea. Give up a luxury that these children around the world will never know – just for a time. Use the money saved to support adoption.

Ask – sometimes people just need asked — We have jokingly said that we just need 30,000 people to give us a dollar. But really, it’s not that far fetched. If 2o of our friends each asked 20 people to support us with $10 — that’s $4000!  Offer a drawing for a  “prize”  (baked good, gift card, maybe someone you know with a business can offer a gift card/etc.)

We have learned a lot about both adoption and raising funds through this process.  Coming from a non-profit background, fundraising isn’t new to me – but I’m getting a different attitude.  After years of selling Camp Fire Candy I can’t say no to any youth from an organization selling products if they can tell me about it and understand what the money will be used for.  Likewise — we are looking forward to being able to “Pay it Forward” with others who adopt in the future.