Valentine’s Day is coming up…a time to celebrate love. Today I’m turning the floor over to my friend, Aubrey, for a guest post on how to spread that love in a way that will make a difference to those in need. Take it away, 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 the 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!
Thanks, Aubrey! 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’s name in the SEARCH window and it will take you to their profile page. The DONATE button at the bottom will tell you how much has been donated so far toward their adoption. I thought this was a great idea for Valentine’s! Whether you can give a lot…or a little…you’ll be making a meaningful difference in a life of a child.
I’m glad there are people out there like Aubrey who see a problem and work to solve it (and help others, like me, see how we can help too). Love makes all the difference in this world.