Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fundraising Update

I just wanted to give a quick update on where we are in the adoption process. We reviewed our service plan with Gladney over the phone on Tuesday, March 8th. Our next step is to schedule our home study and send in half of our payment to Gladney. The home study is $1400, plus $700 for Gladney to review it. Half of our payment to Gladney is $2750. So, we are in need of $4850 total. Right now we have $1800.

I can’t believe how generous you all have been in our fundraising efforts. We have 5 puzzle piece sponsors so far: Mom and Dad Gutridge, Lori Litteral, Dorothy Stedman, and Andra Wagner. Thank you guys, so much for your love and support. If you would like to sponsor a puzzle piece, please click on “donate” in the upper right hand corner of this blog. For any donation amount, we will write your name on the back of a puzzle piece that will be hung in our daughter’s room. She will be able to look back and read all the names of those who loved her before she was here. Feel free to share this fundraiser with your friends and family! It’s a 500 piece puzzle, so we have quite a ways to go. J

Another hugely successful fundraiser has been our African beaded bracelets. My sister organized this initially and has sold over 50! Thank you to all who have purchased them. We still have a lot left, so please e-mail me if you’d like to order.

In about 2 weeks, we will be holding an online giveaway of donated items from various Etsy vendors who have kindly given to our cause. For every $5 donation, your name will be entered into a drawing to win these beautiful creations. We will have 5 winners. Check back for this fun giveaway in late March!

Lastly, we are planning to do a big garage sale in late spring. We would love any donation items that you might otherwise be giving to Goodwill. Garage sales bring in lots of shoppers and lots of cash. We’d love to advertise it as a multi-family sale. Please e-mail me if you’d like our address for dropping off donated items. Thank you so much!

We are overwhelmed with the love and support we’ve received from family and friends. I wish I could hug every single one of you.

Love Always,


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  1. I LOVE my bracelet and I haven't taken it off since the day it arrived in the mail. It is a constant reminder to me of what a wonderful family I have, how blessed we are to have such wonderful friends and of my future granddaughter whom I cannot wait to hold in my arms. I am a lucky woman surrounded by love, respect and compassion. xo Mom

  2. I've been wearing my bracelet since I got it! Sounds like you have some great plans for raising the money needed!!