So how is your day going ? Did you sleep well ?
Wake up in a nice warm home, even though it's getting chilly overnight these days ?
Did you enjoy a yummy breakfast, with a cup of hot tea or coffee ?
How about your babies.
Did they wake up crying in the middle of the night, maybe because their diaper was wet, or they were hungry ?
Did you get up, change their diaper, give them a bottle or a sip of water ? Then watch them fall back to sleep in their cute little jammies ?
What are your kids doing now ?
Playing with one of the many toys they have ?
Watching cartoons on TV ?
Playing video games ?
Or simply snuggling on the couch with you ?
Could you bear the thought of them spending all day and night in the same diaper ?
How about them spending all their time laying in a crib.
Being fed from a propped bottle, most of it dripping down their chin.
Being hungry. All. The. Time.
Nothing to do.
Sweating in the summers.
Freezing in the winters.
If they're lucky.
This is reality for far too many children.
Children born with a difference.
With cerebral palsy.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Hundreds of thousands of children living around the world.
Children abandoned by their families, told they'd be better off in an institution.
Children with no one to love or be loved by.
Children with no hope.
Children who will die, from neglect, from untreated medical issues.
Through NO fault of their own.
I am but one voice - but I am one who cares.
I care about all the children - especially the older, forgotten children - who DO have a chance of freedom, a chance to escape those cribs and institutions.
Many of the forgotten children are available for adoption - and the one thing I can do to help is to advocate for them, shout out for them, and try and raise money for them
Adoption is expensive. Families who CAN care for a child physically, emotionally and financially more often than not don't have the $30,000+ that is needed to pay for an international adoption.
Families who want to adopt, but are afraid to commit because of the cost.
Families who would welcome the lost, forgotten, neglected children into their hearts, if they could.
What can I do ?
I can advocate, I can share, I can help raise the money.
I support Reece's Rainbow, who's mission statement is as follows
"The mission of Reece's Rainbow is to rescue orphans with Down syndrome through the gift of adoption, to raise awareness for all of the children who are waiting in 25 countries around the world, and to raise funds as adoption grants that help adoptive families afford the high cost of adopting these beautiful children."
Reece's Rainbow list hundred of children with special needs who are available for adoption around the world.
I know I can't save them all - but I can try.
My focus is the older children - over the age of 6.
Children who are still waiting for their forever family.
Children who have been passed over time and time again.
Children with next to nothing in their grants.
There are currently 151 children over the age of 6 listed on Reece's Rainbow who have less than $100 in their grants.
My current goal is to get them all up to $100 by Halloween.
That may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things - but every little helps.
I am currently running a fundraiser to benefit all 151.
You can go HERE to see the wonderful prizes available.
I don't ask for much - a $5 donation to ANY of the 151 children listed gets you one entry into the giveaway.
You can also share the giveaway - on Facebook, on Twitter, on your own blog - for a FREE entry !
You can win toys and books.
Christmas is coming - toys and books make wonderful gifts !!!
Please - do what you can - help out the lost, forgotten, passed over children