Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Gavin has a little over 400 dollars in his Angel Tree fund for his adoption. I have 31 days to get that amount up to 1,000.00 dollars. We donated to his fund... will you? I bet if Gavin had 20,000 in his fund a family would jump at the chance to adopt him. Come on - every single 5.00 bill gets Gavin one step closer to finding a family. The Angel Tree family for Tristan, (Gavin's buddy at the orphanage), is working towards getting 20,000 into his account!! That just makes me heart sing! But yikes... I'm being left in the dust!! Help!!
Okay - so here's the truth - I'm lousy at fundraising. I confess. I hate begging for money. I am not craftzy and can't sew worth a darn, so selling handmade stuff is not an option. No one would want to buy my baked goods (although Aaron thinks they are quite delicious) so baking pies is not going to work. We cleaned out our house to raise money for Aaron so a yard sale wouldn't generate beans. What to do... what to do...
I can sell books. Just yesterday I made 18.00 selling some books on-line that Rob's niece gave me. Hurrah!! 18.00 dollars for Gavin! Here's how I did it... I took the books and I went to
THIS WEBSITE I plugged in the ISBN number of that book and they let me know if they would take it or not. The really valuable books she gave me I actually listed on Amazon.com in hopes that someone would buy them but the nickel and dime books - I made 18.00 off those books that normally I would have discarded. They were the ones that I would have thrown away. After I went through the pile of books, agreed to sell the books they agreed to buy, filled out a very easy form, let them know that I wanted payment through Paypal - then printed the shipping label BECAUSE THEY PAY ALL SHIPPING FEES - boxed the books together and taped the shipping label to the top - I was done. After they get the books - they will credit my Paypal and I will put that money in Gavin's account. Easy.
Try it. Pull some books off your shelf and see if they will sell. (Textbooks are the BEST). Dump them in a box, send them off and donate the money to Gavin or another child! Every single nickel helps. I was so excited to make 18.00 dollars for Gavin yesterday. Ben told me (wisely) not to tell too many people because it won't last long. How can I not share though?? How about we keep it a secret within the adoption world??? Sell your books - donate your money and maybe, just maybe the little ones on the Reece's Rainbow website will find families. Shhh.... (If you live in my area - bring me your books and I will sell them for you!!)
Gavin turns six in a few months. He is going to be transferred soon. PLEASE.... He is an absolute sweetheart. His caretakers LOVE him. He needs a Mama and a Papa. He doesn't need to spent the rest of his life sitting in a shed with nothing to do. PLEASE. Someone out there jump off the cliff and go get Gavin... or Brady... or Heath.... Little boys - so desperate for families. They need Pooh Bears and clean sheets and train tracks and balls and presents under the Christmas tree. They need brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and grandmom's who spoil them rotten. They need trips to the ocean to play in the sand. They need to hear the stories of Jesus so they can grow up to love Him with all their hearts and souls and minds. PLEASE! Who will tell them if someone doesn't go get them?
So Donate - Pray - and PLEASE search your hearts. The Lost Boys are waiting. They are not in a Neverland of fun and games. They are not battling Hook on pirate ships. They are Lost. They are Lonely. They are dying in their cribs and wasting away in orphanages and institutes. Consider - just consider - sprinking on some fairy dust - flying across the ocean and rescuing one, or two so they can go home - where they belong.