A Christmas Miracle for Evelyn

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Emmitt's Chance!!! (And one for Victoria too!!!)

EMMITT HAS A CHANCE...


TO BE ON ANGEL TREE!!!!!

This privilege is usually reserved for children with Down Syndrome ages 0-5...

But this year 3 additional children from each category have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful Christmas project!

This gives Emmitt, who is almost 15 years old and does not have down syndrome...

A chance to be "on the tree" at Reece's Rainbow...

A chance to receive extra exposure...

And hopefully extra funds in his account!

If he wins...

People will have the opportunity to get a special Christmas ornament with Emmitt's picture on it when the give a $35 donation...

The ornament can be a beautiful reminder to pray for this sweet boy every time they see it on their tree!

The goal will be to raise at least $1000 for each angel on the tree...

Including Emmitt if he's chosen!

For Emmitt it truly is urgent that he get as much exposure as possible!


Because his time is running out :(

He will turn 15 years old on January 26...

If he does not find a family before he turns 16 it will be too late...

He will be too old to be adopted...

And have to spend the REST OF HIS LIFE in a mental institution...

All because his legs don't work right as a result of spina bifida!

If he just had a chance he could be very mobile with a wheelchair!

He could be go to school...

He could be a son, grandson, brother, and friend...

Instead of wasting away in a mental institute in a bed for life...

A crib is NO PLACE for this boy!


There IS hope for Emmitt!

He still has a chance to find a family...

A chance to be set FREE!!!

You can make a difference!

Please consider voting for Emmitt for the angel tree!!!


Your vote can make a difference for Emmitt's life and future!

Here is the link to vote!!!!


Voting is easy...

You don't have to sign up for anything...

You don't have to create an account...

You don't have to vote every day...

Just go to the link...


Scroll down to Emmitt's picture...

And click the "vote" link right above his picture!



It makes a difference to Emmitt!!!!


You can read more about Emmitt on his Reece's Rainbow profile HERE!

You can learn more about how to adopt at the link below:


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Since I include both Emmitt and Victoria in every post until they find a family...

Here she is!


She's can't be on angel tree this year...

But she does have a great opportunity to grow her grant a bit!

There is a bag-a-thon auction going on for her right now!

Check it out at the link below!

http://www.facebook.com/events/411568358898824/

You can bid on a bag of goodies...

You may find a needed Christmas or birthday gift...

You can even choose to fill a bag yourself or with your kids and add it to the auction...

To help this beautiful girl's grant fund grow...



And help her get a family!

Many thanks to the wonderful person who organized this fundraiser for Victoria!

The auction closes October 14, 2012 - please do CHECK IT OUT!

(You can read more about Victoria on her profile HERE!)

She needs a family too!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time for the loser to WIN!!!

Sweet little Arnold...


Has been "losing" a lot in life...

(Through no fault of his own of course!)

First he lost his Mom and Dad!

Perhaps they were poor and couldn't afford to pay for treatment for his medical needs...

Perhaps they had to work and had no one willing to help them care for a special needs boy...

Likely they were told he wouldn't amount to much...

That he would be a burden...

Perhaps they would be ostracized if they kept a child with a disability...

Perhaps they were told the state orphanage could provide better care for him...

Whatever the case...

Arnold was the loser!

He lost his Mom and Dad...

The most important people in the life of a child!

Instead of one on one care...

He went to an orphanage where he had to share the few caregiver's time with many other kids.

Instead of story time and being rocked to sleep he probably was left alone in a crib...

Instead of helping Mom or Dad build block towers and then gleefully knocking them down...

He probably spent hours in a playpen with other kids but few toys.

Thankfully sweet Arnold had one thing going for him!

He was listed for adoption...

If only a family would choose him!

But sadly he didn't feel much like smiling when they took his picture :(



Perhaps it was time to eat and they made him wait till he got his picture taken...

Or maybe he wasn't feeling well...

Whatever the case the camera missed his smile :(

Would he be able to catch a family's attention without a smile?

Apparently not...

'Cause he's still waiting :(

Then, oh joy...

Another chance came!

Arnold was chosen as one of 11 candidates for the Angel Tree from his age group!

Would he be voted into 1st or 2nd place...

Or be chosen for 3rd place?

Would he get a spot on the angel tree?



No, sadly sweet Arnold not only lost...

But he had the LOWEST number of votes in his category!

Only 10 votes :(

But every one of those votes meant somebody SAW his potential...

SAW that he was special!

And in fairness...

NO ONE voting wanted him to lose!

The deepest desire of all the voters is families for ALL the children...

But with only one vote possible...

We can't vote for them all :(

At least being in the running he was seen by many voters!

And though he lost out on angel tree publicity...

We can still shout for him!

Thankfully we now have a new (and happier!) picture of him!



He looks so much more grown up!

He'll turn 7 years old in December.

That's 7 years too many to wait for a family!

But what's even worse than a 7 year wait are these terrible words from his profile...

URGENT:  FACING IMMINENT TRANSFER to the INSTITUTION

Now that would be a TERRIBLE loss for him!

Does this boy look like institution material?



Does he look like he should spend his days in a mental institution sitting on a bench with nothing to do?

Does he look like he should spend his days listening to the moans and groans of men and boys who are bored out of their minds...

Who hit themselves and rock back and forth all day to try to get at least some stimulation in their bleak and hopeless world?

Can you see Arnold there?



That so should NOT be his future!

He should be in school learning to read and write...

He should be at home playing legos with his brother...

He should have a chance to fly kites with his Dad or visit the zoo...

He should have therapy to help him maximize his physical abilities...

He should have the security of knowing that he is forever loved by his very OWN Mom and Dad!



Will he lose again?

Will he go to a frightful institution for life?

Or will he finally be chosen by a Mom and Dad?

Will he win at last?

His special need is weakness or paralysis in his legs (perhaps from cerebral palsy or spina bifida)...

His arms appear to be unaffected...

Perhaps with therapy he could learn to walk...

Or he might have to use a wheelchair...

Either way he could live a very happy and productive life if he just had a chance!

It is time for sweet Arnold to win!



Perhaps he could be your son, or the son of someone you know!

Please consider sharing his story!

You can read Arnold's Reece's Rainbow profile or donate to his adoption grant fund HERE.

You can learn more about the adoption process at the link below:

http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/international-adoption-process



Arnold is NOT loser material - he just needs a chance to shine!

It is SOOO time for this boy to WIN!!!

Please consider Arnold!


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Emmitt and Victoria are ALREADY in institutions!


It is time for them to win a family's love too!

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This post is part of the Forget-Me-Not Friday link-up hosted by Jane!

Forget Me Not Fridays

Yes, I'm a day late :(

Please check out Jane's post with NEW pictures of Bobby...

And consider adding a post of your own to the link-up!


Monday, September 24, 2012

What's Missing?

A beautiful 8 year old girl...


Long blond hair and a beautiful smile...

Looking so sweet in pink!

She's an intelligent little girl that will likely do well in school!

She has a sweet little 4 year old brother too!

(Sorry I don't have a picture of him!)

But she's missing something very important in life...

She and her dear little brother are missing a Mom and Dad!

Can you help?

Here are some ways you can make a difference!

Pray


Share their story on Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, your blog, or anywhere else you can think of!

You can read more about them by clicking on their names below!


Oh, and there's one more way you might be able to help...

Maybe, just MAYBE, you could make them YOUR children!

I know not everyone can adopt...

But if you are one of the people who can...

Please give it some thought!

You can learn more about how to adopt at the link below:


No matter whether you can help by adoption or just by a prayer, a share, or a $5 bill...


It will be a blessing!

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This is a Teamwork Tuesday post...


Where we join together to spread the story of one precious child!
 (This week there are two!)

This week is for Jenny and Jordan!


Together we can make a difference...

Will you join us?

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Emmitt and Victoria are also missing the most important people in their lives...

Mom and Dad!


Please don't forget them!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Which future will it be?

Meet Kate!

A true girly girl...


I don't have a picture of her in fancy clothes...

But her profile says she loves to play dress-up...

She loves pretty dresses!

The sad thing is...

She lives in an orphanage...

I wonder if she even has even ONE nice dress of her very own?

She is already 11 years old...

In less than 5 years she will "graduate" from the orphanage...

And most likely be turned out on the STREET with little money and few possessions!

There will be no pretty dresses unless she finds a job...

And what job could she get?

Unfortunately there aren't many jobs available for orphans...

Except for prostitution - an absolutely UNACCEPTABLE solution!

But if she gets desperate enough she may feel forced to go there...

Or she may be too naive to know her danger...

At 16 a girl still needs loving guidance from her mother...

And protection from her father!

16 is too young to be on your own in the world with no job and no social support from family or a good adult mentor!

With no money to buy medications for her HIV she will become ill!

Can you see her lost, hungry, cold, and destitute with no good options in life?

Can you see her scrounging in the garbage trying to find food...

Or trying to find shelter by huddling under a bridge in a snowstorm?


It does NOT have to be that way!

If a loving family will step forward...

And make dear Kate their daughter...

She can blossom into a healthy and happy young lady...

She will SOOO benefit from the love, guidance, and protection of a family!

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There are two options for this young lady...

Two possible futures for her life...


Happiness, health, life, love and family....

Or lonliness, poverty, despair, prostitution, illness, and an early death.

The best option is obvious...

But Kate can't get there on her own!

Could you be her Mom or Dad?

Could you give her the chance and hope she needs?


You can learn more about how to adopt at the link below!



Please don't let her HIV scare you away!

It NO LONGER has to be a death sentence!

It is VERY manageable now!

There are medications available that can control the disease VERY well!

Kate can live a normal healthy life and pose VERY little to NO risk to others if she can just get the medication she needs!

You can learn more about HIV and what it would be like to raise a child with HIV at the link below:

Don't be afraid to learn more!

When treated, HIV is not NEARLY as scary as it sounds!

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Even if you can't adopt Kate yourself...

There are still ways that you can help!

You can pray for her...

Donate to her adoption grant fund HERE...

Or share her story with others to help her family find her!

You can read more about Kate on her Reece's Rainbow profile HERE!

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This is a Teamwork Tuesday post...


Where we join together to spread the story of one precious child!

This week is for  Kate!


Together we can make a difference...

Will you join us?

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As always...


Please remember Emmitt and Victoria!


They are still waiting to find families too!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Way to much time behind bars!

Have you ever wondered...

Harriet

What it would be like to live behind bars?


Stacy

Would you make the best of it by smiling like me?


Maelie

What thoughts would go through your mind?


Richie

Would you wonder what you could possibly have done...

To end up being there?


Alden

To be behind bars as a baby at nap time is not so terribly bad....



But we're awake now!


Caleb and Charity



And so ready to get OUT!


Patrick

If I could just get out and explore...


Orson

My life would be SOOO much more interesting!


Cole and Beckett


Elvis

Bars or the stroller are neither one good...

I just want to be free!


Please show me that you care...

I LONG to get out of here!

Tina

Being in bed all alone is so lonely!


I'm sorry to get angry - But it's just not fair!

I've done nothing to deserve this life!


My room is FULL of bars!

Please notice me!

I spend ALL my time in bed :(

Janna

I think I'm a bit too big for these bars...


I've been here so long I've nearly given up hope of ever being free!


Gabrielle

I smiled when I was little - despite my bars...



But now I'm losing hope!


Denis

Being in bed is so lonely...

Zoey

Will I have to lie behind bars for my WHOLE life?


I'm not sure how long I can live like this...

I'm so sick and hungry and sad...

How old must I be before they let me out?

Emmitt

Please don't forget us...


Seth

We're innocent - but we spend WAY too much time behind bars!


Bartholemew

Some of us get to get out sometimes...

For at least a little while!


Stacy

But others of us almost NEVER get that chance...


It's sure time for that to change!

Can you help us?

To start, read more about us by clicking on our names...




Carlton - (He's super smart and facing transfer - HELP!)


Then pray, donate, or adopt!

And please consider sharing the story of our plight!

Please help find Moms and Dads for us so we can be set free!

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You can learn more about adoption here:
http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/international-adoption-process

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As always Emmitt and Victoria are still waiting...


Along with all the others they deserve to be set free!

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I've added this post to the Forget-Me-Not Friday link-up hosted by Jane!

Forget Me Not Fridays

Her post is excellent!

http://flightplatform.blogspot.com/2012/09/forget-me-not-friday-i-saw-you.html

I hope you can check it out!

Please consider linking up a post of your own!

It's a great way to spread the word about these deserving children!