Now you can see how adoptions add up quickly. All adoptive parents have the ability to support the children financially once they are home or they would not be approved by the homestudy. Your financials are scrutinized very much. The problem comes in w/ having the extra $30,000 sitting in the bank to complete the adoption. Most don't think twice when spending that on a new car. But someone wanting to save the lives of orphans raises some eyebrows when they need the $30K to do that. Most families turn to fundraising or grants to help. Grants are few and far between nowadays due to the economy. So, we have to turn to fundraisers this go around. Previous adoptions we have borrowed money and paid it back. Banks are not letting you do that like they used to due to the world market. So, we have to raise the money on our own. We would feel comfortable if we could raise $10K to $15K to complete this adoption. Helping us do that is very easy.
Our first fundraiser was a yardsale/ bake sale and we netted $316.
Second fundraiser is the donation bar on this website. Well, that & donations coming in personally to us. We have netted $250 from that.
Our next fundraiser is a magazine sales and it will be ongoing. Here is the link:
It is extremely simple to use and wonderful magazines(over 650) for everyone! Great gifts for Christmas. We will receive 40% from any magazine sold. Please pass this link to everyone and anyone you know. It really will help.
4th fundraiser I'm doing is more for fun to see how far I can go to embarrass myself. Yes, it involves a scale! This fundraiser is called "Losing it for LOVE." In Losing it for Love, I will do a weigh in every Friday. People can tell me how much they would like to donate for every pound I lose. It can be just a one time thing or wait until the end of the month. For example, say you decide to donate $5 for every pound I lose. I lose 5 lbs that month. That is $25 to help bring the 3 children home and see their new mom... the healthier, skinnier version of her! Stress adds weight and an adoption process is beyond stressful. I need a motivator and what great motivator than children--LOL. At my highest, I was 204. I am currently at 195 and by next Friday, am hoping to be down to 192 or 193. Think of it as my version of the Biggest Loser. Love that show. So inspirational. My goal is to lose 40 lbs and be back to my college weight. IRonically, I was a health and fitness specialist in college. I know, I know, some of you are rolling on the floor laughing right now. Get back up. Seriously. But, like most other mothers in America with special needs children, the children come first and somewhere along the lines we slip into the background. To tend to three more special needs children, I have decided I need to come back up front and be a healthier mother to better help my children. Now, some weeks, I may lose nothing and that would be to your advantage. But the real winners will be our 10 children. This is going to be a very, very hard task for me. It is Christmas time and I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. Yes,I am. All the Christmas parties and the fact that we will host a cookie exchange here, is enough to make you want to give up before we start. Not on your life. I'm ready for this challenge. I can use all the help, encouragement, and financial support for this Losing it for Love challenge I could possibly get. To participate, just let me know by writing email@example.com. PUt in the title "Losing it for Love." Let me know how much you'd like to donate for every pound lost & howlong you'd like to participate. Whether just for that week or for the month. I'll be doing this challenge for 4 months. I will be taking digital pictures of the scale. Before and after pics come at the end. There is only but so much embarrassment I'll put up with--LOL. I think this will be a fun challenge. You will not only be helping to save 3 orphans but also be helping to change the life of someone to new health. Any amount will be appreciated. $1 a pound, $3 a pound to $10 a pound. 100% of all donations go directly towards the adoption of our 3 children from Bulgaria. Umm, it will NOT go to buying chocolate--LOL. Now, I am off to go take a walk. Hoping in a few weeks, it will be a run.