An old friend of mine, whom I have known and loved since the mid-90′s, asked if I would share her story with those of you that read this blog.
Proof that I have known Jamie for a long, long time. This picture is mortifying. My eyebrows! My bangs!
Meet Jamie, her husband Jared, and their children Thomas, Gwen and Luci. Jamie is a stay-at-home mom with a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Now, meet Eli.
Eli is a five year old from Eastern Europe (Jamie and Jared cannot publically disclose his country of origin). He has down syndrome and a heart defect. Jamie and Jared found Eli through an organization called Reece’s Rainbow. They are certain that Eli is meant to join their family.
Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that advocates for kids with down syndrome. Children with down syndrome in Eli’s country are regularly given up at birth and go straight to orphanages where they are left until they are transferred to institutions. They have little hope of being adopted in their home countries. They will not be allowed to go to school.
Jamie and Jared are in the process of adopting Eli and are hosting a fundraiser to help bring Eli home. Total estimated adoption costs are between $30,000 and $35,000. Jamie and Jared hope to raise $10,000. The money will help pay agency fees and travel expenses.
The power of community
If everyone who reads this blog were to contribute just $5, Jamie and Jared would blow their fundraising goal out of the water. We can change the life of this little boy by simply joining forces.
I know that not everyone is able to contribute money and that’s okay. You can help by sharing this story on facebook or twitter, or by sending this post to anyone who you think might help contribute to the effort. Let’s help bring Eli home to the family that wants him so badly.
Please visit Jamie’s blog and donate if you are able. Donors will be entered to win a number of prizes including a Kindle Fire and Itunes gift cards.
Thanks everyone. I don’t often stray from topic here but I’m really pulling for Eli. I know that So Many Places readers have the potential to make a huge difference in the effort to give this little boy the family he deserves.
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