Friday, January 14, 2011

IPAD Giveaway 01/23/11

I just found out about an iPad giveaway. A wonderful family is adopting a tiny little boy with Down Syndrome and is in need of funds to complete their adoption.

This cutie is a mere 15-16 lbs at 6 years old. He has a  colostomy and is not getting the nutrients he needs to grow and be healthy. He needs surgery and a lot of love and care and this family is up for the challenge! However, they need help to get him home. Please visit their blog at to enter their iPad giveaway and help this precious little one get home to his forever family!

The drawing will be on January 23rd so enter today to help! 1 chance to win is $5.00.  5 chances to win is $20.00.  15 chances to win is $50.00.  35 chances to win is $100.00.  75 chances to win is $200.00.

Friday, January 7, 2011


For some reason it seems there has been a problem with the Chip In. I have ended the Chip In and will not be doing the fundraiser just yet since it's been a whole week of the Chip In not working correctly. I would like to re-do this fundraiser at some point in the near future. I will need to figure everything out first. Sorry to anyone wanting to donate to this fundraiser. Check back in the near future for more updates and fundraisers.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Next Level

This fundraiser needs to go to the next level. With adoption/post adoption books, Russian language set, and a $25 Red Robin gift card already on the table for prizes for this fundraiser raffle, I've decided to add a grand prize of a brand new Amazon Kindle! The Amazon Kindle is a really cool little gadget, you can read just about any book you want, just about anywhere you want. It's now better than ever with great improvements to an already really neat product including:
  • All-New, High-Contrast E Ink Screen – 50% better contrast with latest E Ink Pearl technology
  • Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
  • New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
  • New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6" size reading area
  • 17% Lighter – Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
  • Battery Life of Up to One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
  • Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
  • Built-In Wi-Fi – Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds
  • 20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
  • Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
  • New WebKit-Based Browser – Browse the web over Wi-Fi (experimental) 
So now your $1 donation will get you 1 entry into our raffle. Each entry will be in the drawing for each prize. Each $1 donation brings this precious little boy one step closer to the family he so deserves and the medical care he desperately needs. God bless you for caring!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Fundraiser 01/11

Today starts the new fundraiser and the last day to donate will be January 31, 2011.  There will be 5 prizes for this one fundraiser. Each entry is only $1.00 and will enter you in the drawing for all 5 prizes. The prizes include: 1. Toddler Adoption - The Weaver's Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best; 2. Help for the Hopeless Child - A Guide for Families by Dr. Ronald S. Federici; 3.Born in Our Hearts - Stories of Adoption by Filis Casey and Marisa Catalina Casey; 4. "Adopting from Russia" 2 cd / booklet (language learning tool); and 5. $25 Red Robin gift card.

This month I am trying to raise funds (and awareness) for an little guy that happens to share my birthday. He is listed on Reece's Rainbow under the "HIV+" listing. He is just precious and in need of a loving family! Don't let the label "HIV+" scare you off. It is a chronic, yet treatable, condition. With early diagnosis and proper care/interventions, modern day medicine helps children like these live long and "normal" lives. I do not want to downplay HIV, it is a serious condition, but it does not have to be a death sentence. 

HIV is a virus that claims many innocent lives when children do not have access to antiretroviral medications. Fortunately, it is treatable and the children who adhere to their medication have good long-term prognosis.

Children born to women with the virus have a chance of becoming HIV positive due to mother-to-child-transmission. These children are innocent carriers of the virus due to no fault of their own. 

The children you see listed on Reece's Rainbow's HIV waiting child listing are currently living in institutions. Sadly, if they end up aging out of institutional life, there is a high likelihood they will be ill on the streets in a life of crime. 

New laws in the US and Canada allow for these children to be adopted. Being in a loving family helps them access medical care and gives them the opportunity to have a normal, healthy, productive life. They can go to college, get married, give birth to healthy babies and live long enough to meet their grandchildren.
These precious little ones deserve nothing less than to grow up in a loving family of their own and have access to proper medical care. 

With your donation of $1 or more, you can help bring this kiddo one step closer to his new adoptive family. You can help save a life!

Boy, Born January 14, 2009 Benji is diagnosed with HIV.  His medical records indicate encephalopathy and motor disorder.
From his caregivers:   nice outgoing boy, responds to the request of adult smile, pulls the handle, understands “Give,” for “playing a toy: holding, shaking, puts the hand in hand. Sitting alone, standing with support, does not take confident steps yet. Eats with spoon, drinking from the cup.
For more info and parent support on adopting and raising a child with HIV, please visit

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Like most people, we've been busy with the Christmas season upon us. I will be hosting another fundraiser starting January 1st. This one is not so big, but still a nice fundraiser, especially for adoptive, post adoptive, pre-adoptive parents. I have some books and a cd set I am going to be raffling off. The titles of the books are as follows:
  1. Toddler Adoption - The Weaver's Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best
  2. Help for the Hopeless Child - A Guide for Families by Dr. Ronald S. Federici
  3. Born in Our Hearts - Stories of Adoption by Filis Casey and Marisa Catalina Casey
And also a Russian cd language and parenting guide set titled: Adopting from Russia. There are 2 cds, a set of several sheets of paper w/ pictures and words/phrases on them, and a language and parenting guide booklet.

All of these are from my personal collection. I read each book once or twice and listened to the cd maybe once. We adopted a Deaf child so we didn't need to know Russian b/c she didn't know Russian. But I got it to be able to talk with the other children at the orphanage and the caregivers and other people there. I didn't end up learning the language more than to say hello, goodbye, see you later, and thank you. Everything is in great almost new condition. 

I am raffling them off for $1.00 per chance to win one of them. There will be 4 winners in this drawing. It will start on January 1, 2011. It will be to raise funds for an orphan child from Reece's Rainbow. I have not decided which one, as the one I am thinking of doing it for may get adopted (or get a committed family) before then. So I will wait and see which one will get the funds when the time draws near. 

Check back on 1/1/11 for more details!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Another iPad Giveaway!!

I just found out about an iPad giveaway, actually TWO iPad Giveaways!! This time it's not my fundraiser, but I want to spread the word.

HERE is blog of a family in the process of adopting an adorable little girl with Down Syndrome. They are giving away an iPad to help raise funds to pay the ransom for their new daughter. CLICK HERE to visit their donation page on Reece's Rainbow. Any amount donated to their account will enter you into their iPad drawing. The winner will be drawn on December 15, 2010. 

A wonderful family adopted a little boy named Aaron a short time ago. He was living in an institution for a year when they adopted him and rescued him out of that place. They have been praying hard and advocating for 2 other little boys that became available for adoption when they adopted their son. There are only 2 boys available for adoption out of 100 "Lost Boys" as they call them. I have shared about these boys (Brady and Heath) HERE previously. For the past several weeks, this family has been a Reece's Rainbow "Christmas Warrior" for a little boy named Gavin. This is who the fundraiser is for. Someone donated an iPad for this family to giveaway to raise funds for Gavin. The winner will be drawn on December 19, 2010.

CLICK HERE to read more about this iPad fundraiser and to donate!

$5 = 1 entry
$10 = 2 entries
$20 = 5 entries
$35 = 9 entries
$50 = 13 entries
$75 = 19 entries
$100 = 25 entries
$150 = 40 entries

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pie in the Face Challenge

John Wright (from Act of Kindness blog) is a missionary to Kyrgyzstan (the country we adopted our daughter from). For the past 3 years, there has existed a Christmas time challenge called "Pie in the Face Challenge". It is a fundraiser to collect funds to bring Christmas to orphans and underprivileged children in Kyrgyzstan. $5 will bring Christmas to 1 child this Christmas. Their goal is to bring Christmas to over 2000 children in Kyrgyzstan this Christmas. So far $3,480 has been raised. That means 696 children will feel special this Christmas. They will feel like someone in this world actually cares about them. That they are not alone in this world. That they matter! Now, how can we tell the other 1,304 children they aren't important? They aren't special? For only $5, you can help "bring Christmas" to an orphaned child.

I personally know a missionary in Kyrgyzstan that is involved in helping to bring Christmas to a special needs orphanage. We stayed with her during our time in Kyrgyzstan. She has a huge heart for the orphan! Thanks to the Pie in the Face Challenge, she can help bring a smile to these kids faces. She can "bring Christmas" to children that otherwise would not get such a treat. 

There are many terrific people who have taken up the challenge to raise $500 and get a pie thrown in their face! Cindy LaJoy's family, Hilary Marques, Rebekah & Julie Wright (John Wright's daughter & wife), Jengish & Talant (Kyrgyzstan), and the "waiting families*". All of these people and more. You can choose which one you would like to see get a pie in the face! I was a challenger in this fundraiser last year. Though I did raise the $500, I somehow didn't ever get around to getting a pie thrown in my face! I will have to do that b/c that was the deal. When I do, I will post up the pictures here. It will be fun! 

Thanksgiving started up the Christmas pie Challenge. It was started 3 years ago when Cindy LaJoy on a whim suggested that if her friends donated $1000 for us to bring Christmas to the orphanage, then her boys could throw a pie in her face... Every year now since, others have stepped up to the plate along with Cindy to raise funds to "bring Christmas" to the orphans. 

This year is by far the most ambitious goal: $10,000 to bring Christmas to over 2000!

They had some exciting news...they have a donor that recognizes the need for not just a one  day celebration, but recognizes the need for on going advocacy for the children that LAMB International provides, so here is the deal...  for every $ donated this year, they will match $ for $ to the LAMb fund... What a blessing... all the more reason to be thankful...

So what are you waiting for? Skip the latte today and  CLICK HERE to donate $5 to help "bring Christmas" to orphans!

For anyone out there looking for ways to give to the needy, to the orphans, to the helpless, here is another great website to find ways to give: iam1ru