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   Jan 27

Angel Tree 2013 Wrap Up.

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Angel Tree 2013 had a grand total of $266,548.61 as far as money gone into individual children’s funds. Click the words Angel Tree above if you don’t remember the faces on the tree or want to see the total that they got in their goal to reach 1000 between November 1 and December 31st.

Checks were made payable to Reece’s Rainbow by mail at PO Box 4024 Gaithersburg, MD 20885. Memoing whichever child you wanted to receive a donation or by clicking on the child’s image on the Reece’s Rainbow website. Donations over $35 got you a Christmas Tree ornament with the picture of child you had supported along with the name of their country.

Darren and I let our children each pick a child to pray for they chose.

Abegayle chose Octavian who is one year old this month. He is a baby in Eastern Europe who has Down Syndrome. He unfortunately fell short of the 1K goal, reaching $590.00 which brings his adoption fund to $2776.00–It’s a case of better than nothing! The more money in these children’s adopt funds the great their chances of being adopted. There are so many families who say that they would adopt, were the funds there which is why we fundraise: the make that gap even the smallest bit narrower.

Koen chose Daniel, a 13 year old who looks likes maybe 6 or eight years old. If you click on his name, you can read a description of what he’s like. He sounds like a fun, quite young at heart little boy who desperately needs a mom and dad. Daniel’s warrior worked so hard to get him to $1000, and I believe actually took on a second child when there was a shortage of people sponsoring boys. He unfortunately did not make the goal. Every penny counts, and I do praise GOD that people gave to Daniel’s fund. After the completion of 2013’s Angel Tree season this guy has $571.00 more than he had before.

Carly chose Ashley who hung out at the half-way mark with days left of AT season, a donor came along and gave her a beautiful boost to $1057.25 throwing this 4 1/2 year old right over her goal, she’s still waiting for her forever family to come forward. Currently her adoption fund, almost one month later is at $1,194.25 Adoption from her country, total cost including travel is estimate is $31,000-36,000 extending beyond a year in length. It is one of the newest adoption programs working with Reece’s Rainbow, the international adoption advocacy program for children with Down Syndrome and other special needs.

Diederick chose Davian, a 13 year old who has spent his life in a stroller. His medical label is Down Syndrome. Davian met his goal and even exceeded it by a $3.46. He now has $1025.96 in his adoption fund. That money will wait un touched for the family who will Lord willing come for Davian, wherever they are. If he dies, or for another reason becomes unavailable for international adoption, that money will be awarded to another waiting child.

As a family we sponsored Mikey, a little guy from Eastern Europe who we can’t believe hasn’t been scooped up yet. By the end of Angel Tree 2013, he had $1015.35. His fund has grown since then and now has $1243.77

Through the season I got a number of interesting thoughts on where the money goes. From questions on if I’m giving money to the Ukraine government (???) These questions make full sense, because who has ever heard of setting aside money for specific children who do not have families committed to adopt them.

Another question was how do I know these children are REALLY orphans. For a child to be legally available for international adoption their family has to sign not only legal rights away, but that they permit for this child to be adopted away to another country. This child is not disappearing. There are, unfortunately, children who live and die in orphanages held from being taken into a loving home by biological family not giving permission for that child to go beyond the walls of the institution where that child has been confined.

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The boy laying down in this picture is such a child. He’s a teenager who will likely die of the natural effects of his hydrocephalous. The boy standing next to him is Dylan, a AT child who is in this picture with his sponsor. Dylan’s fund marched up $556.65 from where it was prior to November 1st. Ten year old Dylan now has $5429.45 toward his future adoption through Reece’s Rainbow.

I originally signed up to sponsor Dylan, but when I found out that Katie Zimmerman had spent time with him and gotten a chance to be his friend, I knew Jesus wanted her to do this for him. Thank you, Katie!

And thanks everyone who worked SO VERY HARD to push kids to 1K. Congratulations everyone. $266,548.61 is pennies worth being proud of. See you, warriors all back Angel Tree 2014, bring your friends!

Click HERE for a video of my daughter singing about Ashley. I can’t seem to get to the place on YouTube where I get HTML code to enter the video clip right into this post. Please do take a moment to follow the link.

Once again, THANK YOU! For participating.
If you bought an ornament, keep it up all year around and keep storming heavens gates with prayers for that sweet little (or big!) one. They are precious in His sight.

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One Comment

  1. Richad p. Gavoni SR. says:

    A wonderful cause by wonderful people ,you make the children so much happier and most of all well taken care of, WE Pray it continues forever .

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