Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pure Love Giveaway

Update: new prizes added below! GIVEAWAY EXTENDED ONE MORE DAY!

Dear Friends,

Have you ever looked into someone's eyes, and felt like you knew the kind of person they were?


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Have you ever looked into someone's eyes and felt like you were staring into their very soul?

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Have you ever looked into someone's eyes and felt so connected- that they almost didn't need to say anything...because their eyes, the windows into their souls, were speaking volumes?

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I have.

I've been haunted by these eyes for months now.

Late at night, while I'm praying for Olga and Kareen and Peter...their eyes are ever before me.


If you're new here, and these children's faces are the first you've seen of what happens to babies born with Down syndrome in many other nations of the world, I'm asking you...to look into their eyes.

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In Eastern Europe, babies born with Down syndrome are deemed unacceptable at birth. They are discarded in overcrowded and understaffed orphanages, where they will wait in a hellish existence until the age of five. At that age they will be transferred to a mental insitution..for life.

If those words sicken you, as they do me...

if the thought of these children...

who could be my children...my Lily...

who are destined to a life of abandonment and grief and ugliness so horrid most of us can't even watch a five minute video about it

turns your stomach

then DO something about it.


Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. Proverbs 24:11

You see you don't have to have incredible wealth or ability or even a perfect heart to rescue one of these children. You don't have to have resources untold or even piles of compassion...you just need a heart to save


just


one.


I've heard it said- but where will it stop? Once you see the need, where will it end?

I can't tell you that. But I can tell you where it starts.

With just one.

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If I were to tell you the miracles that have taken place in the last 24 hours, as we geared up for this giveaway...it might take you several hours to read about them. I can't even begin to tell you the favor and grace of God that has been on our lives and on those who have been helping us put this all together. I'm looking at the time in the bottom right hand corner of my computer screen and although I'm staring at 2:09 AM, I'm running on adrenaline and caffeine right now.

Because although my heart is heavy for these little ones, and what they are facing without our help...I am so very excited to see what God is going to do here in the next ten days.

Because this a God thing.

I'm calling this fundraiser "Pure Love Giveaway" for a reason...


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Pure Love motivates us to go beyond sympathy into compassion and then moves us to action.

Many of you are aware that the two little girls who are pictured above, Olga and Kareen, are now going to be rescued very soon. This is in no small part do to the very large outpouring of love from readers in December's giveaway.

I was able to get some information about Peter today, from another family who has adopted from his orphanage. Peter has been on Reece's Rainbow his entire life. Not one inquiry has ever been made about him.

This mama's words about Peter broke my heart.


Peter was never outside. Only one time (in 4 weeks) when we were walking around the building did we see him. He was sitting in a small ambulance-car on a caregiver's lap, probably ready to leave for a medical appointment. The door was open. He was smaller than I thought he would be. I didn't want to stare and get in trouble, but that was the only time I saw him.


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Do his eyes speak to you...like they do to me?

Rescue me.

I blogged about this yesterday, and I'm going out on a limb again here today.

When I asked Andrea Roberts what suggestions she had for saving Peter, her words cut me to the heart...

I wish I had a suggestion about Peter....I have been advocating for him for YEARS. Nothing short of a full grant is going to do much for him, I'm afraid.

So you know what I determined in my heart?

We're going to get Peter a full grant.


And yes, I'm shaking a little in my shoes as I type those words. I know how crazy that sounds. A full grant is $20,000. That's a big pile of money.

But guess what? I serve a big God.

I truly believe God can do this for Peter. There are so many who have a heart to help and who truly see the desperate need of these orphans.

The sitemeter stats for Lily's blog this week were 3,236 hits. We're going to do our giveaway for ten days. If every person who visits this blog gives just $10...that would mean Peter's life.

I am praying God multiplies...finances, readers, blog hits, you name it.

And to motivate those who would give, we have a whole slew of prizes to giveaway.

And all you need to do is give ten dollars to enter. If you can give more, that is wonderful. But even ten dollars can make a huge difference in these children's lives.

Soooo here we go....

An anonymous donor has graciously donated $700 towards the following iPad gift pack (and Sam and I will take care of the rest.)









16GB iPad w/ Wi-Fi
(All accessories are Apple products, made specifically for the iPad)
iPad Case ($39)
--iNot only protects your iPad, it also holds iPad in the perfect positions for typing, viewing slideshows, and watching movies.
iPad Keyboard Dock ($69)
--Combines a fully functional iPad dock with a slim, compact aluminum Apple keyboard featuring special iPad function keys.
iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29)
--Gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera: using your camera's USB cable or directly from an SD card.
AppleCare Protection Plan ($99)
--Service and support from the people who know your iPad best. For up to two years from your iPad original purchase date, the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you:
• One stop for technical support: Direct access to Apple experts
• Apple hardware coverage: iPad, battery, and included accessories
• Software support: iTunes, iWork for iPad, the operating system, and connection to wireless networks
When you purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan and your iPad at the same time, you'll be automatically registered in the plan.








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Our wonderful and amazing friends, Cara and Jon are donating this incredible prize......
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Nikon D90 Digital Camera Kit with a 18-105 VR LENS
original purchase price: $1079.95

**This camera has been used this year, however it is in mint condition, and will be shipped in the original box with dvd and instructions and all included accessories.

Cara...I just have to say- I love you. And knowing what you gave up, (which was so much more than this donation) because of your love for Olga...has me humbled to be called your friend. And the invitation for Christmas is still open.


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An anonymous reader is donating this beautiful, pair of diamond cluster earrings....

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14 carat gold bezel set princess cut cluster diamond earrings. total weight .36 carat, appraised at $500


And you're going to kill me, Nicki, for breaking my promise to allow you to remain anonymous. But that's okay, you live too far away to do anything ;)

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My dear friend from Yorktown Heights, New York, Cathy has graciously donated this gorgeous bracelet from Lia Sophia


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Paula Bracelet
What could be more dramatic than black and bronze?! Glass beads stretch around for dazzling glamour. This saucy stretch bracelet is a mix of glass and metallic beads. $48

As well as this from Lia Sophia....
















Natural Charm Necklace

Straight from Mother Nature. Nuggets of genuine tiger’s eye, mother-of-pearl and quartz fall from a toggle closure that makes this necklace convertible $58



Thank you, Cathy!



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One of my favorite blogging mamas, Melissa from Moos Crossing is donating this gorgeous necklace from Lia Sophia as well...


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Claret Necklace $66

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Once again, Sam from Happy Hooks Crochet is hooking us up with a darling hat from her Etsy shop....

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This hat is so pretty! The Pretty Rose Cap comes in bright pink with light pink accents and a white band. Adorning the cap is a beautiful white rose with light pink center, hand sewn to a pin for easy placement. Made of super soft yarn, the top of the hat is crocheted with a subtle texture that adds a unique touch to the overall look of the hat. This hat would make a great photo prop or accessory for that special Girly-Girl in your life!

**Sam will make this hat in the correct size for your little one and ship it to you for free!

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Another wonderful blogging mama, Adrienne from Our Unexpected Journey has a fabulous Etsy shop called...


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Lil Sis' Designs is donating a $35 gift credit towards any purchase. You have to go check out Adrienne's goodies...adorable outfits for boys and girls, and she is adding items to her spring line every day, so keep checking her site for more goodness!





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Etsy shop Itty Bitty Icing is joining in the fun here...

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Etsy owner Melissa put together a small collection from her new line of Vintage Vixen headbands. The line features romantic floral headbands embellished with a cluster of varigated colored pearl centers....

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My wonderful and talented friend, and fellow blogging mama Elissa from Sounds Like Life To Me is donating this darling tutu, onesie and matching headband set, modeled by the lovely Lily:)


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Elissa will make your little one's outfit to fit any size between 0-2. (Lily does not come with the outfit!)

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Sara is donating a $25 Scentsy gift card....her website is...
www.saramarlar.scentsy.com

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Here's what else she is doing...

If you will continue to do what you've been doing and raise funds for a specific angel, I will faithfully contribute 100% of my profit (from Scentsy) toward that child's adoption fund. And if you do not have a particular child that you're currently promoting I will still donate 100% of my profit to RR.
Sara is a nurse, and she works in an oncology clinic doing chemotherapy. She does Scentsy on the side, and when she emailed me her amazing offer, I had to include it here. I am continually amazed at the hearts of people...Sara, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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My dear friend Katy from Diary of a Zookeeper is donating three giftcards to Starbucks
ten dollars each...







(and no, Sam, you can't win your wife's giveaway!)

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One of my very sweetest friends in life Cassie, from The Crazy Eight (and also from our church, lol!) has the nicest mama in the world...she could not wait to sew this beautiful tote for our giveaway...

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as well as these sweet Mother/daughter aprons...


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Thank you to Cassie's mama- you raised a wonderful daughter who has blessed me so much with her friendship and generosity :)





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World famous blogger RaceBannon left a little comment on my giveaway here, asking where the manly gifts are. (I guess an iPad wasn't masculine enough for him.) So blogging mama Kelly, from kaetlynskorner decided to do Race a favor and up the ante a bit for the guys. ...

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She is donating a $150 Sears gift card!! Thank you Kelly, and here's to getting the men on board!




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One of our favorite Etsy sellers Lilybuds, is donating a $25 gift credit to her store, where you can find these personalized silver fingerprint necklaces...
















...and don't forget Lilybuds offers a ten percent discount for Lily's readers just by entering the code Lilys1 at checkout!







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There's a beautiful new baby in the Ds blogging community, named Bailey. Her mama Christy's blog is called LovingOurLife and she is offering a $25 gift credit to 31 Gifts...






























...thank you, Christy, and welcome to one of the best clubs on the planet:)




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So there you have it...our Pure Love Giveaway begins today and ends on FRIDAY FEB.11th at midnight. Random.org will draw winners then, and they will be announced on Friday.
And here are the details:




Each of the above prizes (except for the Ipad gift pack which has several items included and stated) is a separate prize.

Feb 1st: UPDATED TO ADD: OLGA HAS A FAMILY!!!!!!!!! we will announce them as soon as we get the all-clear so that you can go follow their journey! We can't wait for you to see who this amazing family is:)


Feb 4th: UPDATED TO ADD: At this point we are so amazed at what has come in already for Kareen and Olga, that we feel our goals have been met for these beautiful little girls.

Kareen's family, the Cox's wanted to express their sincere love, gratitude and appreciation for those who have given to Kareen and prayed for her. They would love you to continue to follow the details of the journey with them here...
http://kareensjourneyhome.blogspot.com/
They have one more day left for their iPad giveaway, as well as future fundraising efforts, so please do become a follower on Kareen's Journey Home !

And I wanted to add..we're already planning a little reunion here in Oregon with the Cox family when they have their beautiful daughter home. I had the privilege of talking to Kris and Kecia today and words fail me to describe what a joy that was. I'm beyond blessed to have been a small part of their journey.

(If you donated already to Kareen or Olga, your comments of course still count as entries in the giveaway)


Leave one comment for each of the following: YOU MUST FIRST MAKE A DONATION TO ENTER BEFORE RECEIVING ADDITIONAL ENTRIES FOR FB'ING OR BLOGGING


*a donation to Peter

*a donation to Artem


*Blog about this giveaway (please re-post often!)
*post on Facebook about this giveaway(please re-post often!)


And just because we want this thing to go viral...if you get a media outlet, such as a news station or radio station, to cover this giveaway...you can have ten extra entries. CALL OPRAH! ;)


I'm going to explain something here briefly. Reece's Rainbow is a non-profit organization. To keep them functioning as such, they are completely dependent on donations to the Voice of Hope fund. As stated on Reece's Rainbow's website..
"Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each waiting child donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund as well!"*

*This applies to any amounts over $20.

My sweet little inside source, Michelle Z at RR has hooked me up with that nifty new gadget you see on the sidebar to your right. You just click on the donate button under the child who you are giving to, and it will take you directly to the Paypal page linked to their account.

Once you make a donation, their new total will be reflected right here on the blog!

We already had $1,200 donated to Peter's fund yesterday...and I believe that is just a taste of good things to come. Scratch that. GREAT THINGS TO COME.

So spread the word- Lily is giving away the motherload of prizes, and all you have to do to enter to win is give to at least $10 to Peter.

And if I spelled anything wrong, please forgive this little zombie-of-a-mama cuz it's now 3:18 AM.

I'm going to bed a happy woman:)

502 comments:

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Race Bannon said...

I'm crying as I type this...I really want that iPad! However, there is a risk. A risk that if I enter, I may win a 'sweet mother/daughter apron' or a 'darling tutu'...

...how 'bout a man's gift?

Hadji said...

Why don't you donate a give-away Race?

Katy said...

OK, I'm entering! I still need to talk to my wonderful hubby about how much we can donate to each of the kiddos, but I have already blogged about the giveaway http://diaryofazookeeper.blogspot.com/2011/02/change-of-plans-but-so-much-better.html

Katy said...

And I posted it to FB.

Elissa said...

Donated to all three kids. I got some error messages, so if they didn't go through I'll go back and do it again until it goes through!

Race Bannon said...

I blogged it ...did I win?

Laura said...

Donated to Peter. I will gather
my children and pray.

Amy said...

Donated to Olga...

Amy said...

Donated to Kareen...

Amy said...

and donated to Peter :) I'll be blogging and posting to FB later today when Evan goes to sleep... I'll comment again with a link when it's done. :) What a fabulous give-away!! You've inspired me to try to put together a give-away of my own in the future!

Looking Up said...

I donated to Peter. I have faith that he will find his forever family soon.

Elissa said...

Donations all went through! Now Facebooked the giveaway.

Scott said...

Race, come on, that tutu would look cute on you, embrace your feminine side...

Patti, was thrilled by your email, seeing just how God works and how great his timing can be. Am praying for a miraculous response. Will be blogging, posting, donating later. Haven't had time yet , something about needing a little sleep before going to work after being at the hospital with little Reagan, Shauna, and Grammy. Side note... (relates to what you said about Peter) Grammy used to volunteer in Childlife at the same hospital where Reagan is now (Loma Linda Childrens Hospital) working with the children. There was a very small child there (abandoned by his mother at birth) who had spent most of his life in a hospital. Some good friends decided to foster him (they later adopted him) and when he left the hospital for the first time he was afraid of the sky!!! In his world you needed a ceiling over your head. Peter doesn't know about the sky either!

one_plustwins said...

Patti, it is my heartfelt prayer that God blesses Peter with a forever home. He is so sweet, it just breaks my heart. God bless this giveaway.
Sharing on FB now too.

couchtots said...

Very touched.........thank you.
Just donated to peter.

cathy said...

Patti, amazing post....will donate, now
As will the rest of my family...& hopefully, everyone else that I let know about your post!
You are doing it, girlfriend ;)

xoxo
cathy

Anna Theurer said...

Patti,

Excellent post! I blogged about it and posted on FB. I still need to donate. . .after Ellie is asleep. Praying. . .

Anonymous said...

I donated to Peter and put a link up as my status on FB. We're praying for a miracle for Peter and a quick and easy adoption for Kareen and Olga!

Elissa said...

I emailed some of your local media as well as some national outlets. If anyone contacts you ask if it was my email that gave them your info!

Wren said...

Patti the work you are doing is nothing short of amazing! I just donated $10 to all three and will post a link on my FB. I don't need to win anything...I just want to help!

Bulldogma said...

I donated to Peter's fund. Wish it could have been a lot more!

Bulldogma said...

I shared this on FaceBook.

Lori said...

YEAH!! I am so excited for this giveaway!! I just blogged about it and can't wait to see how many people respond with either money or a voice!! Praying hard!!

Elizabeth Palmateer said...

donated to Peter.

sigrunc said...

Hi Patti,

I donated to Peter.

Something that makes me wonder - back in early January, I signed up to be a New Years Warrior for a little girl (Evie) on Reece's Rainbow myself, and I mentioned it in a comment on one of your posts. A few days later, a $1000 dollar donation was made to her. I wonder if it was the same anonymous donor that gave the $1000to Peter? God bless them anyway, whether ot not!

Debbie said...

Okay, I emailed everyone I have an address for and I asked my friends and family who Facebook to post something on their page!

Amy said...

Just blogged about it: http://amysramblingsandreflections.blogspot.com/2011/02/pure-love-giveaway.html I posted it to my FB and will wait until tomorrow to post your direct blog on FB to bring more attention.

Catalina said...

I got your back, sister.

kecia said...

THe tears just don't stop! THANK YOU!!!! NOt only for helping Kareen, but for helping these other two as well! You are one amazing woman who has deeply touched my life in the last few weeks!

Jodi Lansink said...

I DONATED to all 3, I shared it on Facebook and I blogged! I truly hope and pray they get the donations needed...what precious little faces!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

I donated to Peter! I pray for these children daily!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Oh and I did a facebook post too :)

Lisa said...

Look at those totals climbing :)!!! I posted on our blog and on fb!

www.bridgets-light.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I posted it on Facebook...again! I am praying that I will see the link re-posted by all of my friends on there! Sit back and watch GOD work! :)
~Angela P.
Highlands Ranch, CO

Jenn W said...

what an awesome AWESOME awesome thing you are doing!
i donated to Peter!

cathy said...

donated to Kareen

cathy said...

donated to Peter

cathy said...

donated to Olga

Jenn W said...

i blogged about your post!

cathy said...

will donate again tomorrow

xoxo ;)

Jenn W said...

tweeted about this !

Jenn W said...

donated to kareen. :)

Melissa M said...

I donated to Peter, and LOVE to see those totals climb!!

Donations for the girls coming soon. :)

Alison Darty said...

Donated to Peter. :)

Alison Darty said...

And Facebooked it!

Alice said...

Donated to Peter. I hope his family is out there somewhere just waiting to go get him...

Alice

Tish said...

Wow Lily! You are an amazing little girl! Your Mama seems pretty amazing, too! God is truly awesome and I know Peter's family is out there! Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us!

I donated to Peter...

Tish said...

...and Kareen

Leah said...

posted on fb!

Tish said...

...and Olga!

Anonymous said...

Patti- are you sure Lily cannot come with the outfit?

Penny @ www.pennyspeeps.blogspot.com said...

i shared your blog on facebook!

Elissa said...

It's on my blog!

Penny @ www.pennyspeeps.blogspot.com said...

i blogged about the giveaway!

www.pennyspeeps.blogspot.com

Rochelle said...

Thank you Father for answered prayers for Olga! WOO HOO!

Anonymous said...

I blogged about the giveaway. If I win, I am paying it forward. I'm trying to raise money for Simon (I'm his New Year Warrior), but have no money to buy anything to use as a prize to get more donations rolling in. This could be an answered prayer!

http://kozeefamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-this-game-everyones-winner.html

http://reecesrainbow.org/simon2h

God Bless, Julie

Angela Parks said...

Praise God!!! So happy to see Olga find a family. We will continue to pray that everything goes smoothly so that she can go home soon.
I had to go back onto my facebook page and clarify that the previous post I put on there regarding the give-away was legit! One of my friends thought my page had been hacked! Hopefully it is all clarified now and it will spark everyone to take a look and DO SOMETHING!!!
God bless you!
Angela

kecia said...

YEAH!!! So glad for the update on Olga!!!! Can't wait to know who they are!!

Angela said...

Donated to Peter!!

nicole said...

Praying, donating & sharing.

(*camera*)

Michelle Halpin said...

Donated to Peter, and keeping him in my prayers.

Erin B said...

I talked you and your great giveaway up on my blog:
www.beaudettelove.blogspot.com

I sure hope it makes a BIG difference to Olga, Peter, and Kareen. Can't wait to hear more good news about these three precious darlings!

Erin B said...

I also sent out some great words via Facebook!! Currently sending out an email.
You've got a huge heart Patti (how else could you have carried and given birth 10 times:), I'd like to send a thanks from Olga, Kareen, and Peter who have no idea how you are about to rock their world!!

Brenda said...

Hi Lily and Mama:) I blogged and FB'd this just now and donated! It's making the rounds b/c I got an email to donate from my sister. I will keep checking back to see those totals go up.

You need to make a widget or button so we can put it on our blogs!!!!

babypelly said...

I donated to Olga!

babypelly said...

I donated to Kareen!

babypelly said...

annnnd I donated to Peter!

Carolyn said...

FB status linking this blog and many many prayers for Peter!

Brenda B. said...

Loving your passion and loving these kids!! Shared on Facebook!

5henrys said...

I donated to Peter :)

Brenda B. said...

Donated to Olga. So excited that she has a forever family! Praying that she is with them soon! xo

Brenda B. said...

Donated to Peter. Praying that he has a family step forward.

5henrys said...

I posted a link on my facebook! I just wanted to let you know that we have also "chosen" a child to adopt in prayer from RR. We will be praying for Nadia (19) until she finds a forever family. Lily has inspired us! :)

Brenda B. said...

Donated to Kareen! So happy that the Cox family is going to bring her home. Great work Patti!! xo

Christy said...

Donated to Peter via check. Love this idea, know that God will work in HUGE ways through this!

Adrienne said...

Donated! Am I allowed to enter this contest-lol? I'll pass on the Lil' Sis gift cert.:)

Adrienne said...

Posted on my lil' sis fb page! I'm excited to see Peter's grant go up!!

Sydney said...

I blogged about it! http://faithfulalwaysblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/pattis-gods-pure-love-giveway.html

I'm so happy that Olga has a family now! Can't thank God enough. Now for Peter...

Thank you so much for never giving up on Kareen, Olga, and Peter. Your amazing, Patti!

Kaetlyn said...

Patti - I blogged about it (http://kaetlynskorner.blogspot.com/2011/02/pure-love-giveaway-make-your-heart.html) and posted it to my FB page. Donations coming tonight. You rock. Seriously you are amazing and such an inspiration! ~ Kelly (Kaetlyn's Mom)

Nancy Riggs said...

I made a donation to Peter. As the mother of 4 adopted children and the aunt of a DS baby, I know how important this is. I'm praying that Peter finds a home soon. - Nancy

Laurie said...

Thank you so much for all that you are doing!

I am donating to Peter as well as posting to FB.

~Laurie

xo

Sara said...

Donated to Peter. Thank you so much for everything your doing for these precious babies.

MommyIvy said...

Donated to Peter!

MommyIvy said...

Posted to FB!

keeponspinning said...

Donated to Peter in honor of my # 5 son, George.

Debby said...

I just donated to Peter! I pray that somebody will get that sweet boy!

Debby said...

I also just posted and linked your site on Facebook!

Anonymous said...

I just donated to Peter. I will donate to Olga and Kareen (again) later when I get paid again. I pray that his family finds him as the girls' families have found them. God is Good!

God Bless, Julie

Sam DeHority said...

Just donated $10! Hope that we can find peter a family.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add that I posted this blog on Facebook, too. I hope that ALL of my friends come here and donate to these babies (and Simon, too).

God Bless, Julie

Dwyer family said...

I found your blog through Courtney; what a blessing you are to these children! I've donated to Peter, Kareen, and Olga and will pray that their forever families bring them home soon!

Sarah B said...

Hello! I have been following your blog for a while now, and posted about Olga before.

I have posted about this raffle on Face Book!And now for prayer, for these little ones and all others like them.

God Bless,
Sarah B

Barbara said...

Facebooked!!!!

Crazy Beautiful Love said...

You are amazing! I will pass it on my dear...blog, fb, however or whatever you need to get that beautiful baby his forever family. I promote Reece's Rainbow whenever I can. g

Carolyn said...

Donated to Peter! May your forever family find you soon sweet little man.

Anna Theurer said...

Donated to Peter! Are you sure I cannot have little Lily with the tutu if I win?

Patti said...

anna...um...no. ;)

Stephanie said...

Just donated to Peter....GO GOD!!!! Let's see this work. I am praying for all...and especially for Peter's family.

donated in honor of Sandra.

Let's save Peter's life!!!!

Stephanie Lynch / adopting Anastasia
www.openedeyesadoption.blogspot.com

CassieThompson said...

I posted on my blog for these beautiful babies.

CassieThompson said...

Just posted on facebook for these beautiful babies.

CassieThompson said...

donated to peter

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

I donated to Peter. Reece's Rainbow has been on my heart a great deal lately...

Christy said...

Just added this to my blog!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

I donated to Peter :) thank you so much for doing this!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

I donated to Olga :) by the way - I tried to donate to Kareen and could not find the donate button on the reece's rainbow site or through the link on your site.

Patti said...

I just checked and it worked for me? Try refreshing the page. Thank you!!

Leah said...

just posted a quick post on my blog http://caring4celineandcoralynne.blogspot.com/ & will repost to fb as well! I am eyeing the camera lol. I hope to donate to one of these kiddos soon. You have inspired me & I hope to do my own giveaway soon for Celine & Cora Lynne. Praying Peter will find his forever family soon.

Scott said...

Donated to Kareen again.

Scott said...

Donated to Olga again.

Scott said...

Donated to Peter. He needs a forever family, and he needs to know what the sky looks like! He'll love it!

Scott said...

Oh, and all three links worked for me too.

Posted on Facebook.

Scott said...

And I blogged it too. Already got five hits... but maybe I shouldn't count the one from Corvallis... :-)

Anonymous said...

just donated to Peter. your work here is truly inspirational!

Samantha Andrews said...

Posted on my facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/happyhookscrochet

Sunny Side said...

I blogged about the contest.
http://thoughtsofatwenty-somethingfemale.blogspot.com/2011/02/blizzard.html

Alyssa B said...

i wasn't going to leave a comment, truly hoping that someone else, some lovely deserving person would win, and then I thought that i could donate back whatever I won and thereby raise more money (hopefully), so here I am leaving a comment. This big god of yours has found me, me a girl well out of your usual readership, I can't even remember what link led me here...but here I am, out of nowhere I feel like I have so much vested in these three kiddos, I want for each of them to find a home, so, so badly...may your god's hand be seen here

Race Bannon said...

If I win the Sears card...I'm keeping it!

Anonymous said...

Donated to Peter, and praying for all of the little ones on RR. - Cori

Anonymous said...

Donated to Peter, and praying for all of the little ones on RR. - Cori

Lori said...

Just sent out 40 more invites to my blog and 40 emails reminding people to visit my blog :/ - spreading the news as much as we can and eliciting prayer by the bucket loads - so excited to see what happens!!! Looking into some other things too - not going to reveal all yet, waiting to see if it all happens!! Yeah!!!

Lisa said...

donated to Peter - wish we could do more. Thanks for your awesome work! Posted your link on my FB page - I just know you are going to get there.

Amy said...

Just posted a direct link on Facebook, #5 on my list :) So awesome you have raised so much money in just the first day!!

tekeal said...

you're amazing patti...

donated to kareen with love.

tekeal said...

donated to peter with love...

tekeal said...

tried to donate again to olga but something's now not working with my paypal account. will try again soon :-)

and another post will also come soon...

(get some sleep tonight, patti! xxx)

Ginger said...

I want to blog this, but the pics are all copyrighted to your blog. How do I blog that new pic of Peter? He looks so totally different in it. I love it!

Robin E. said...

Donated to Peter! The new photos of him are adorable.

Kristi said...

I can't get the donate links to work. It keeps saying that I must have values greater than 0, even though I put in a real amount to donate.

Lori said...

I am so excited to see the totals go up on the side!! What a cool tracker!!! Already had a bunch of visits from the emails I sent out - so excited to see where this is going to go!!

Bugofmany said...

We donated to Peter. If we claim to be in Christ, then we have no excuse not to. :) Our God is a great and awesome God and I know it won't be long until we see his fund complete! Thank you for doing your part.

Anonymous said...

Kristi: After you enter how much you are going to donate, you have to click the button below that says, "update total." Then you can check out.

NikkiB said...

I posted a link on facebook! Will donate this afternoon. So cool to watch the totals on the side growing! :)

Adam Shingleton said...

http://theshingletons.blogspot.com/2011/02/great-giveaway-for-even-greater-cause.html

Blogged about the giveaway! So excited!

Adam Shingleton said...

Just Facebooked about the giveaway under my name: Lauren Fink Shingleton.

Adam Shingleton said...

Just donated to Kareen.

Adam Shingleton said...

Just donated to Peter. Thanks, Lauren

heather said...

Donated to Kareen!

Adam Shingleton said...

Just donated to Olga!

heather said...

Just shared this post on fb!

Cheri said...

Posted on FB. Good Luck with this great cause!!

Lea-AnnVirnig said...

God Bless You! I will post on my FB. We are in process of adopting a special needs boy from Korea. These little ones have my heart too!! I will pray that the money comes in and the families will come forward!

PJH said...

I blogged about this!
http://www.makeitbeautifultoo.com/2011/02/finding-balance.html

Thank you!

Kaetlyn said...

Donated to Olga, Kareen & Peter. Love watching those totals go UP!!!! :)

Helene Ready said...

Please put me into the draws. I have donated for Peter and Karen.

Please help Olga, Peter and Karen by sending any little extra $$$ you might have.

Love you all.

Helene

Helene Ready said...

Dear Peter, I went and donated to your profile so you could find a family soon. I love you.

Helene

Helene Ready said...

Dear little Olga, we are all working so hard to get your home as soon as possible. I went and donated for you dear little angle.

I love you!

Helene

Helene Ready said...

Dear little Karen, I went and donated to your profile so you could go to your new home as soon as possible. I love you!!!

Helene

Angela Bertke said...

Dear Patty - Thanks for your wonderful witness!! I donated to Peter's fund on Tuesday - have never posted a comment online before -so hopefully I do this right.God Bless you!! Angie B.

JDonovan said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing! Bless you and those sweet kiddos. I donated to Peter! :)

Anonymous said...

Alyssa- not sure if you will come back to read the comments. But Patti's Big God can also be your Big God, and in fact, He wants you to look to Him as the author and finisher of your faith. He is the only True God and the only way to eternal life. If you believe on His Son, Jesus, you will have life and have it abundantly in Him.You will be rescued from death to life! And He will use you to accomplish His Work and you will see Him perform miracles in your life day after day. But even more than that, you will receive forgiveness from all of yours sins and be set free to live for Him daily. I know this comment section is not about this, but really felt compelled to write that to Alyssa. May God surround you with His Mighty Love!

Love seeing God move in His people to speak up for and rescue His children.

Dani said...

Patty - you are so amazing!! I love your blogs..I pray we together as a big group can get Peter fully funded and the forever family he deserves. As soon as I can I will donate to all three of them and comment again :) I did repost on facebook and I will add your link to my blog too. Prayers that people will amaze you with generosity!!

gotomakan said...

I donated to Peter's adoption fund!
Grace Nakamoto

gotomakan said...

I posted a link to your blog on my facebook!
Grace Nakamoto

Anonymous said...

Okay, for some of us, giving ten dollars is truly a HUGE sacrifice. And we have given that in spite. And for others of us, we know that ten dollars for us is quite easy to give, or was quite easy to give. So, I just want to challenge all of us. Lets give what is truly a sacrifice for us. Lets give again if ten dollars was easy for us to give. Lets give $100.00, $200.00, $500.00... whatever is truly a sacrifice for us. I am so moved by the lady in Scripture that gave ALL she had. We really cannot out give God. We sow seeds, and He is the One that truly gives us all things anyways. So, I ask today for anyone reading this. What is a sacrifice for you for these orphans? Will you consider giving it? What are you holding onto it for? See if we can answer these questions and be willing to lay it down for Him. I know there is so much out there to give to, but I cannot think of too many things more important than these orphans. Peter's life depends on this NOW. If we can help just one. Thank you Patti for sacrificing so much for these orphans and truly relying on His strength to sustain you. You are a testimony of His love to all of us!

cathy said...

Hello my dear..
just donated to Peter, again

xoxo
cathy

cathy said...

& Olga
xoxo cathy

cathy said...

& Kareen

xoxo
cathy

Laima said...

Donated to Peter and posted on Facebook.

nicole said...

Posted on FB and sent out some e-mails.

Katie said...

I posted on facebook. I hope this great cause spreads like wildfire. Great job doesn't even cover it.

Katie said...

I have posted it to my Happy Jack blog:
http://thegreskofamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/pure-love-giveaway.html
I hope all those beautiful children are saved.

Ginger said...

Donated to Peter.

Ginger said...

Blogged about it.

Ginger said...

Donated to Olga.

Ginger said...

Facebooked it.

Carolyn said...

Facebooked again. Love what is happening!

Deanna said...

Ok I blogged about this so this is my first entry.

Deanna said...

I also facebooked it...

Deanna said...

I donated to Peter

Deanna said...

and Kareen

Deanna said...

and Olga (normally I just post all of this once and leave the prizes to other well deserving people, but I find myself coveting after that camera....just think of the sweet pics of Addison I could take with that bad boy...)

Leah said...

Just donated to Peter, hoping i can donate to the girls soon. (i really want that camera lol.) hoping to start my giveaway soon as well.

Katie said...

I just donated to the handsome boy Peter. I hope a family finds him soon.

carey said...

I don't want or need anything and after midnight - I will donate to Peter. (payday) If I win, I will leave the winnings to continue the quest. That's what my Mom & Dad taught me! And, I AM grateful to the LORD that I have a Mom and Dad now let's find Peter the same! Thank you Patti! May God Bless you and your family with all the graces possible for being... well.... SPECTACULAR and my role model!

carey said...

I don't want or need anything and after midnight - I will donate to Peter. (payday) If I win, I will leave the winnings to continue the quest. That's what my Mom & Dad taught me! And, I AM grateful to the LORD that I have a Mom and Dad now let's find Peter the same! Thank you Patti! May God Bless you and your family with all the graces possible for being... well.... SPECTACULAR and my role model!

Scott said...

Posted on Facebook again....

Christi Harrison said...

so awesome. i just donated to peter. i will blog about it and post it on my facebook page. thanks for organizing such a fun giveaway. i hope the goal is reached and families are found!

Kristi said...

I ♥ Peter and donated to him! Amazing thing you are doing here!

Anna T (from BBC, Momvenus3) said...

Just donated to Peter's fund for Sheva from BBC : ) !!

Jennie Lou said...

I donated to Peter

Danielle said...

I donated....I pray that he finds a good home. thank you for doing this! I loved reading you blog it brought back many memories of my early days.

Katrina said...

Hi Patti,

Wow, you won't be getting any sleep for a while with all of these wonderful comments. I just donated to Peter and wanted to let you know that I did comment on Oprah's site. The comment right before mine was on how her show should concentrate on small charities and how they benefit the community. It left the web address to your site so that even if the show doesn't do anything the people who read the comments might come here and take a look. I am still trying to figure out how to email her show. I'll let you know if I get any type of response :) I will be blogging about it to but just haven't been able to find the time as of yet.

christianrebecca said...

I donated to Peter.

christianrebecca said...

I blogged about this.

christianrebecca said...

I facebooked it. Praying.

Katrina said...

Okay, I figured out how to email the show. Down at the very bottom of the web page there is a contact link. It's by Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies. I think if more people emailed they might take notice. After you click on contact us go to the one that says The Oprah Show - Send us your show suggestions. I'm sure they plan their shows far in advance but am still hopeful that they will feature these children so that more people know they exist.

annie said...

Donated for Kareen! Will FB and blog tonight...

Sharon said...

Donated to Peter and praying his forever family will find him soon.

Melody Serrano said...

Patti you are truly amazing! Thank you for being an advocate for these sweet babies! I am posting on facebook and twitter and my blog. I am a Photographer in Lake Norman NC. and have promised a $50 Gift Certificate to anyone who donates $25 of more to Reeces Rainbow. I know it is not a lot but I just had to help!
http://snookysmilesphotography.blogspot.com/2011/02/pure-love-give-away-help-save-peter.html

Melissa M said...

Blogged, and love seeing those totals rise!!

sigrunc said...

I made another donation to Peter on behalf of Sheva.

Summer said...

I think what you are doing is amazing! I'm so glad that Kareen and Olga both have families in the works. Peter deserves a loving family too! Everyone needs to see the sky. I just put it up on facebook.

Summer said...

I just donated to Olga, Peter and Kareen!

Monkeygirl200 said...

Used my allowance to donate to Kareen and posted on facebook!

Monkeygirl200 said...

Donated to Peter and facebooked about it. Saying a prayer too.

Sarabeth Hudson said...

Donated to Peter!

Sarabeth Hudson said...

Posted to FB, too!

couchtots said...

Made a little donation to help Olga come home - precious little one.

couchtots said...

Alrighty, made a little donation for Kareen, too. Her eyes just mesmerize me......I want to hug her.

Christi Harrison said...

i donated again for my mother in law, jo!

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