Today we have a guest post from Charissa's friend, Aubrey. She has an inspiring idea on how to share your love this Valentine's season and make a difference in the life of kids in need. The floor is yours, Aubrey:
This February millions of dollars will be spent on candy, cards, or flowers. Within days, these gifts will be forgotten or thrown away. Much like these gifts, hundreds of children around the world have been forgotten and "thrown away" based solely on the fact that they have Down Syndrome.
On August 5th 2011 my life changed for the better when I gave birth to an adorable baby girl with Down Syndrome. A life I had once feared: being a mother to a child with special needs, turned into a life I would never change! It's an honor and a blessing to be a mother of Rylee.
I have recently discovered a website called http://reecesrainbow.org. On this site you will find 350+ children whose biological parents did not understand the light, potential, and love these children have to offer. Abandoned, they are placed in children's homes or orphanages until they are around the age of 8 and then institutionalized...often all too soon ending in death.
I can't ignore the fact that this has to change. I urge you to spend 15 minutes looking into the eyes of these kids who go to bed at night without a family to love, worry, laugh, and enjoy all they have to give the world!
Families want to adopt these kids, but are financially unable. The adoption process is on average $30,000. Once a child has a substantial amount of money raised they are usually quickly adopted and brought into a loving home and family!
My goal is to raise $25,000 for each Heath and Cullen to make their adoption a possibility for a wanting family. I need your help.
This February, I ask you to celebrate Valentine's Day by donating to Heath or Cullen's adoption. The world will throw away millions of dollars on candy, flowers, and cards. Make your money count. Bring Love and Family to the lives of these boys by making a tax deductible donation on ReecesRainbow.org. Together we can make an eternal difference in the life of a child!
With Sincere Appreciation,Aubrey
Thanks, Aubrey, for your inspiring post! Isn't her little Rylee adorable! I have a niece with Down Syndrome and she is the sweetest little angel too. You can’t help but love these kids. They are concentrated packages of PURE LOVE!
When you go to ReecesRainbow.org, type CULLEN or HEATH into the SEARCH window and it will take you right to their page. The DONATE button is at the bottom of their profile and tells you how much has been donated so far toward their adoption. Whether you can donate a little...or a lot...you'll be rewarded with knowing you're sharing your love in a way that makes a difference (instead of just making someone fatter)...and that will make a So-So Valentines become a HAPPY Valentines!