Sunday, September 4, 2016

Help Us Bring Home Our Missing Piece!

"Adopting one child won't change the world; but for that one child, the world will change."

Purchase your puzzle piece here!

On the other side of the world, a young girl waits for her family. She's been waiting for a Mommy and Daddy for almost four years. She's never splashed in a swimming pool, had a puppy lick her face, enjoyed an ice cream cone, picked a pumpkin, sat on Santa's lap, hiked in the mountains, played at the park, had her own bed to sleep in at night, or felt a loving hug when she wakes up in the morning. Our family feels called to change that for her, and we'd like to invite you to be a part of this mission.

Zack and Aubree Keys adopted their son Jonas from Kyrgyzstan in 2015. They believe that this little girl in China is the missing piece to completing their family. They'd love to welcome her into their home and make her a Keys kid forever. However, international adoption is not inexpensive. Visit our Cost tab to see all of the expenses already incurred and those to come, but our agency estimates it will cost about $35,000 total to bring home our daughter from China. It's going to take a village, and you are our village. We are humbly asking for your financial assistance in the form of a puzzle fundraiser we're calling "Bring Home Our Missing Piece." 

Here's how it works. We have created a 1000 piece puzzle with an adoption-themed word cloud around the shape of China. Each piece can be "purchased" for $10. A $100 donation would get you 10 pieces! "Buying" a piece means your name gets written on the back. You can buy as many pieces as you would like. Maybe you want one for each member of your family or one in honor of someone special. As the pieces are purchased, we'll assemble the puzzle. When it's complete, we'll preserve it in a clear frame, and it will hang in our future daughter's room. She'll be able to read all of the names of the loving and generous people who helped bring her home. Go here to purchase your tax-deductible piece(s) now!
Our goal is to raise $10,000. We know this is a large amount, but we believe it can be accomplished with everyone's help. We're hoping that $10 won't hit your pocketbook too hard, yet you can still feel like you are a part of bringing this girl home and giving her a family. When Zack worked in a traveling position for Accenture, the company gave us $10,000 in adoption assistance to help bring Jonas home from Kyrgyzstan. Zack quit his position there in order to work locally when we adopted Jonas, taking a nearly 50% pay cut so he could come home each night to his new son. His current employer provides no adoption assistance, so we are hoping to replace that now-missing $10,000. The donations from the puzzle fundraiser will go directly toward our agency's Phase 2 Processing Fee ($3000), the Paper Processing Fee in China ($2200), and the required Orphanage Donation ($5800). So your contribution will be helping other orphans as well!

Saint(!) Teresa once said, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if the drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of the missing drop." $10,000 is a very large ocean, and your $10 drop is needed. A little girl in China without a family is counting on your drop. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us to bring home our missing piece. Even if you are not able to help financially, we greatly appreciate your love, prayers, and support as our family grows through adoption once again.

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