Kaleigh has reached her Angel Tree goal!!! And with plenty of time to spare! An anonymous donor bumped quite a few of the kids that were close to reaching their goal and Kaleigh was one of them! She will end up surpassing her goal this year because I just mailed in a few checks as well :)
Today there are many people blogging for Kaleigh, hoping to spread the word that she is in need of a family. We don't have much information on her but we do know she is beautiful, she was born in February of 2008, and she is calm. We have one picture. This one here:
I like to picture her differently though. In my mind her sweet little cheeks wouldn't look chapped and her eyes wouldn't look glossy. And she would be playing in the sand, at the beach with her new family. I picture her more like this:
The sun on her face, an ice-cream cone in hand, and a cute little flower clip in her hair. Can you see it? This is the life she deserves.
Who wants to be the family to give her that life?
Please go to Reece's Rainbow and consider donating to her grant
I am her Angel Tree warrior this year and we are so close to getting her to her $1,000 goal!
And an update on our HoHoHo event!
It went wonderfully! We had a great turnout! We were able to raise almost $400 for Kaleigh and her two RR buddies, Marjorie and Isabel. Best of all we were able to spread awareness about RR and all the wonderful children looking for families :)
We have a new cafe in town called Little Cups and Grown ups. I was introduced to one of the owners, via Facebook, through the wife of one of Tyler's coworkers. We had gone out to dinner one night with his coworker so I could meet his wife and the subject of having more children came up. I had mentioned I would love to adopt someday and she went on to tell me all about her friend who comes from a large family of adoption. I mentioned I was getting ready to do a fundraiser for a child on Reece's Rainbow and she got very excited and said that was the site her friend has seen and would love to adopt one of the children someday! The friend and I ended up connecting and Facebook and one day the posted that their family was opening up a play cafe in town. They were looking for a photographer, which I happen, to be so I sent her a link to my photography page and I got the job!
Fast forward to a month ago...I posted a picture of my Angel Tree child and she contacted me asking how she could help. WOW!!! She also has a huge heart for kids with Down Syndrome. How perfect is that? Their family has offered up their cafe to me for a fundraiser and I am SO thankful! I have decided to do a "Pictures with Santa day". One of the lovely ladies on Reece's Rainbow suggested calling it "HoHoHo and a Cup of Joe". So cute, right?!
Please pray that this successful, hearts are opened to the idea of special needs adoption, and maybe, just maybe, someone falls in love with Kaleigh!
"My" sweet little Kaleigh. Most days I believe I am the only one who has taken notice of this seemingly quiet little soul. Her picture does not stand out. Is it because of her shaved head? Is it because she isn't smiling in it? I don't know. She is just another picture people scroll by. She is my angelic little wallflower. You know the type. Heck, maybe you were even one yourself! Picture a middle school dance. You walk in and there are always the kids who demand your attention. They are confident. They are well liked. They are noticed. They are the ones right there in the center of the action. They are... smiling! We all love them. How could you not?! If we weren't one then we sure as heck wish we were at some point, right?
But then...you scan the outer skirts of the room. That's where you would find my Kaleigh. She is just waiting to be noticed. Waiting for someone to walk up to her and say "I see you over here! You are beautiful! You have been noticed!"
Just look at those chubby cheeks. They are pinch able.
Those cute little ears that poke out. So cute.
And her little nose. Perfect.
But her eyes are what haunts me when I look at her. It is like she is staring straight into my soul. Begging me for help. Asking me to notice her.
So I have made it my mission to get her noticed this Holiday season. Kaleigh is our families Angel Tree child this year and our goal is to raise $1,000 for her grant fund. Kaleigh is off to a great start but we have quite a ways to go.
I just learned that two little ones that I love were transferred. That means that instead of spending their days at a "baby orphanage" where they have grown up, they will be sent either to an older child orphanage or a mental institution. Although the first scenario would be better it is known that children with special needs are given no education when transferred They will spend their day doing...nothing. Can you imagine what a boring existence that would be? Can you imagine these two gorgeous children in an institution? Felix
2-3 month wait for the judge to appoint the court hearing
Both parents travel for 2nd trip about 7 days, both parents leave after the court hearing
30-day waiting period is NOT waived for special needs
Only one parent would need to return after the 30-day wait
Up to 5 young children in the home if the family income is sizeable (the adopted child being the 5th child). Up to 7 children at home may be permitted on a case-by-case basis if income is adequate and some of the children at home are older (teenagers)
Both parents must be younger than 60 years
Parents may NOT be currently on anti-depressants; prior history of anti-depressants may be permitted on a case-by-case basis
No criminal background (DWI's acceptable on a case by case basis)
EASY TRAVEL IN-COUNTRY
Fee includes orphanage donation
Married couples and single heterosexual mothers may apply
Un-related children may not be adopted simultaneously
The Reece's Rainbow Angel Tree starts exactly one month from today and I am so excited to start shouting for Kaleigh! For the months of November and December I will focus all my fundraising efforts on this sweet little lady. There are still many, many children who need someone to fundraise for them for the Angel Tree. This explains what the Angel Tree is:
As an extension of our Prayer Warrior project, and an enhancement to our annual Christmas Angel Tree Project, we are seeking passionate folks to be one child’s Christmas Warrior this year.Our Christmas Angel Tree Project is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year. All of our orphans with Down syndrome from ages 0-5 are posted on one page for people to sponsor and donate for their adoption grants. It runs from November 1- December 31, 2012.
Those who give more than $35 receive a beautiful photo ornament of their sponsored child to hang on their Christmas tree. These ornaments make fabulous gifts for your friends, family, and fellow Down syndrome advocates, while providing a life-saving gift for the child who is in desperate need of a “forever family” of their own.
When you sign up to be a Christmas Warrior for your child, you are working towards the goal of raising $1000 or more for YOUR CHILD. There are lots of ways you can do this, and the power of the internet makes saving a life even easier than you might think. Even if you don’t have a cent of your own to donate, your willingness to reach out to other people is all that matters!
I know raising $1000 seems like a daunting task but trust me, it CAN be done! Here are just some of the beautiful children still waiting to be chosen. They need someone to fight for them this Holiday season!
Buddy 9HA..has a warrior!
Corinne 15H...has an Angel Tree Warrior!
Mark 31C... has an Angel Tree Warrior!
Morgan...has a warrior!
Nicole 26HA...has a warrior!
Norma 26HA...has a warrior!
Anna S. 1C
Shannon 2H...has a warrior!
Owen 3G... has anAngel Tree Warrior!
Vance 26HA has a warrior!
Sophia E. 1C
Bruce 36F...now has a warrior!
Go to: http://reecesrainbow.org/christmaswarriorprogram
and sign up to be an Angel Tree Warrior for one of these sweet kids!
It is hard to believe it has been a year since I started this blog. I have to say it has definitely been neglected. I plan to change that, though, because it is that time of year again. It is time to start fundraising for my Christmas Angel Tree child! Last year we chose Ryder and I am happy to announce that his mom, dad, sister and brother are in his country right now picking him up! Yay!
This year I chose an older girl who I feel has been overlooked. I, myself, overlooked her for quite some time. One day I clicked on her profile and enlarged her photo...and that's when it hit me. I looked at her sweet face and it felt like her beautiful little eyes were pleading with me...
Look at me! Notice me!
Fight for me! ...And so our family will fight for Kaleigh this year! We are sooo excited to get started! http://reecesrainbow.org/?s=kaleigh
She turned 6 in May and at one time was believed to have been transferred from the baby house to an older child boarding school. It is now believed that she was actually sent to a mental institution. At 6 years old.
Look at her sweet little face. Can you even imagine her living in an institution?
I can't :(
This is what her Reece's Rainbow page says about her...
Girl, Born May 20, 2006
Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin. She has cerebral palsy, and does wear AFO’s on both feet.
From her medical records: Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay. She can walk by supporter or holding one hand. She says separate words, understands simple speech, is affectionate and friendly. Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this little girl!
We need to help Carolina get her MIRACLE! She needs out of that institution and into a family can see her potential!
Consider sharing her sweet face, donating to her grant, or bringing her home!