I don't want Lily's readers to feel like every time they come here to read they are hearing "give, give, give." If you're anything like me, if you see a need for a family who's adopting, or a post about an orphan without a family, you want to do everything you can to help.
AND if you're anything like me, you only have so much "disposable" income. And I say that very lightly, because at the Rice Ranch, there is no such thing as disposable. We live very much week-to-week, and at the end of the month when all the bills are paid...well, frankly there isn't a month when all the bills are paid. We wing it, and we pray, and we stretch a dollar as far as it will go, and things like trips to the Roloff Farms are a pretty big splurge for us, even if it did only mean gas money and $2 parking and lunch brought from home.
Simply put, I don't like asking readers to give all the time, because I know there's only so much one readership can do.
Which brings me to...
The post I am about to write has been on hold for a bit, because it sort of goes against my "philosophy" of helping the children who have no families, and leaving the families who are fundraising to finish the job themselves.
I've talked about it here before, but my aim in fundraising this past year has been to help those children on Reece's Rainbow who do not have families, by asking readers to donate to their grants.
I've tried to encourage people to help get those grant funds above ten thousand dollars, so that a potential adopting family will be able to commit to an orphan, knowing they are almost half way or a third of the way there as far as finances go.
So far, Lily's readers have been able to help make that happen for five orphans this year: Olga, Peter, Kareen(Mia), Albina and Artem. You helped to raise $13,000 for Olga at Christmas, and another couple thousand dollars during our day for Olga. You raised $15,000 for Peter during our Pure Love Giveaway and over $6,000 for Kareen (Mia) during that giveaway as well as our Home For Christmas giveaway. You helped raise over $10,000 for Albina, and now over $11,000 for Artem. On top of this you've given over $2,000 to Jason and Naomi's adoption fund and helped to raise an additional $3,000 for the Quinn's adoption of Autumn.
To say that you folks are some of the most generous people on the planet would be an understatement.
The reason I have not continued to raise funds for those families after they committed to a child (aside from sending readers to their blogs, and aside from the Quinns, who started their adoption with no grant fund))- is because there are SO many children on Reece's Rainbow without families. Some of those children- like Artem- sit there for years waiting for someone to notice them. I feel so honored that Lily's blog has been a place where some of those children could be "spotlighted" so to speak.
But yesterday I read a post that tugged at my heartstrings...a post written from the heart of a mama who just wants to bring her girl home. I know SO MANY of you have already given towards this little girl, and I know her mama is so grateful for all you have done for her girl...
The Abells are so close to traveling to see Olga for the first time. So close. Because of the way grants are set up on Reece's Rainbow, the money you've helped raise for them will be available once their dossier is submitted and they get their first date to travel.
**(This is done to protect the child's grant money, by the way. In the past there have been families who have mismanaged money and ended up being short when it came time to travel. This policy is in place to ensure that even in the unfortunate case of a family having to back out on their adoption, the money stays with the child. Just making sure everyone is clear on that- because sad to say there are critical people out there who want to take shots at Reece's Rainbow for not releasing grants sooner.)**
After reading Jenn's post yesterday, I really felt impressed to call on Lily's readers to help.
Can I tell you I am really really nervous about asking you to help after all you've done for Artem this month?
That's why I'm asking you for a very small donation.
You read that right. I'm asking each reader here to give one dollar to the Abell's chip-in.
But how can that help, you might ask? How can one dollar have any impact on what the Abells need to finish the job?
Glad you asked:)
The Abells now need $2,230 to complete this adoption. Just $2,230 to finish the job.
Lily's blog receives roughly 5,000 to 6,000 hits a week.
(And that is small potatoes in the blogging world. I heard from a friend last week that when a big blogger linked to her blog, she had 12,000 hits in 12 hours. Can you imagine what we could do here with that kind of traffic??? Which is WHY you always hear me asking you to vote in boring blog contests all the time- a bigger audience means a bigger donor base, and those contests really do help!)
Moving on...if just a small fraction of those who visited here in one week gave ONE DOLLAR to the Abell's chip-in- they could get a travel date to see Olga.
One dollar multiplied by loads of people who love Olga will finish the job.
Do you think we can do it?
I'm just crazy enough to think that we can.
You've raised so much for little Artem this month already. His grant fund is at $11,145 and we still have a little under a week to go til October is over. I am still imploring you to spread the word that Artem needs a family.
But I'm asking you to do one more thing- give a dollar to Olga. Her family's chip-in is now on Lily's sidebar (the one that says Breaking Starfish Free!) I would love to see that chip-in maxed out by the end of October.
Will you help me finish the job?
And if you do give a dollar- please leave a comment here saying you did so, and be entered to win one of these fabulous prizes:
...as well as one of three autographed copies of Ann Voskamp's New York Times best seller, One Thousand Gifts..
And if you already commented about giving to Artem to be entered to win, go ahead and leave another comment if you donate to Olga.
You deserve it.
Will you help spread the word??
Let's finish the job.
I'm going to bed a happy woman;)