I must admit that recently I have become a little depressed when thinking about the goal of getting ALL of the older kids up to and over $50 in their grants by July 4th.
We WERE doing well - but recently it seems that more and more children have been newly listed, meaning many many new children with less than $50.
Many with ZERO, or close to it.
In fact - the precise count from this afternoon was 103 older children with less than $50 in their grants - this number includes 16 children with ZERO, and twenty-six children with less than $20.
I looked back at the original zeros again. The children who were listed back in the fall when I started the zero the zeros campaign - back when there were 184 older children with a big, fat ZERO in their grants.
184 children with nothing.
184 children who had just about no chance of being adopted.
184 children desperately in need of a family.
Out of the original zeros
THIRTY ONE children who had nothing in their grants at all - thirty one boys and girls - 31 families saw them and chose them despite them being older, despite them having next to nothing in their grants.
THIRTY ONE children - saved from a lifetime of misery in an institution - chosen because their mommy's and daddy's saw their face, fell in love, and jumped in to start their journey home.
Also - there are now SIX of the original zeros on the sizable grants listing - six who had NOTHING now have at least $2500 in their grants !!!
Looking at the numbers - seeing those faces - seeing the grants growing - certainly helps get over that feeling of helplessness.
The only downer is that out of the 184 original zeros - there ARE STILL 45 children with less than $50 in their grants. These children had NOTHING last fall - and still have a way to go to get over that $50 wall.
I'm being realistic - I can't see HOW we can get every single older children over the $50 wall before the 4th of July.
Maybe we can - maybe we can't.
BUT - I KNOW we can get the original zeros ALL over that wall.
They all have AT LEAST $20 in their grants.
ALL it would take to get EVERY SINGLE ORIGINAL ZERO up to $50 is
While I am sure that you don't have that kind of cash laying around ready to be donated, I'm also sure that you probably DO have a spare $5, $10, maybe even $20. I have seen the power of the Reece's Rainbow family. I have seen you all rally around and raise thousands to help families in desperate need. I'm not asking for thousands.
I'm not asking for anything.
Just a few spare dollars - for the kids who are worth SO MUCH MORE than ZERO.
Please - look at the list below - look at how far so many of them have come since last fall - and look how little some of them have.
Please - help them jump that $50 wall.
They deserve the chance of a family.
Those still with less than $50 are in bold - click on their name, look at their face - look into their eyes - please, help them !
Down Syndrome Boys aged 6-9
Down Syndrome Girls aged 6-9
Other Angel Boys aged 6-9
Other Angel Girls aged 6-9
HIV Boys and Girls aged 6-9
Down Syndrome Boys aged 10+
Down Syndrome Girls aged 10+
Other Angel Boys aged 10+
Other Angel Girls aged 10+
HIV Boys and Girls aged 10+
!! THANK YOU !!