Griffin’s Run: Dash for Down syndrome

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Our Family will be hosting the 4th annual

Griffin’s Run: Dash for Down Syndrome

on March 25, 2017 – the walk/run will be 3.21 miles. This walk is held to help raise awareness for Down syndrome and to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. It will begin in the open grassy area on the 200 block of Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi at 8:00.

img_4363All of our proceeds to benefit Reece’s Rainbow, a non-profit adoption organization that helps place children from around the world with Down syndrome and other special needs with their forever families. They help raise money for families who want to adopt a child but might not be able to financially accomplish this on their own. It’s my hope that Griffin’s Run will raise enough money to fund an entire adoption and bring a sweet precious angel home to live with his/her forever loving family. Thank you in advance for helping a child receive the gift of family.
griffinsrun2017posterIn 2016, Griffin’s Run raised over $11,300!

$1,845.00 has been donated towards the 4th annual Griffin`s Run!

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A list of donors will be provided to Griffin’s family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

 

Mary’s Lemonade Stand

MaryThree years ago, at the age of 5, Mary approached her mom about having a lemonade stand prior to the end of summer (which was quickly approaching as she was starting kindergarten the following week).  Her mom agree to it and they picked a day for her project and purchased the necessary supplies.  The evening before her lemonade stand, her parents asked her what she planned to do with her earnings.  She told them she intended to donate every penny to orphans who were waiting to find their families.  They were so touched by her giving heart that they amped things up a bit and had cupcakes made and did a hasty announcement on social media on her behalf.  She ended up raising slightly over $100 through a handful of people’s generous donations.

Her eagerness to help did not wane when the following summer she again requested to raise funds.  She wanted her parents help in drawing more attention to her efforts in hopes of increasing her donations (she was hoping for a loudspeaker so as to attract attention like the ice cream man). She held her lemonade stand in front of her father’s store in hopes that the busier intersection would help her sell more lemonade and she could share the orphans’ story with more people.  She amazed everyone who stopped and spoke with her.  Her efforts were rewarded with an increase in her donations and her goal she had set of $144 was met and exceeded.  She never tired of yelling, “Lemonade for the orphans!” despite most cars driving past without stopping and encouraged us to give it an extra hour to achieve her goal.  In 2014, Mary raised over $1350 — amazing!

Mary had first discovered the term “orphan” through television.  She asked many questions and through her parents’ research discovered Reece’s Rainbow.  Mary and her parents were fortunate to meet a local family who was in the process of adopting their third child with Down syndrome through Reece’s Rainbow, and they were able to donate her first fundraising efforts to their quest to adopt.  Her second lemonade stand funds helped another family in bringing home three children this past fall.

Mary intends to have an annual fundraiser lemonade stand to continue helping orphans.  She has already thought about what she can do to improve her efforts for this year!

 

A list of donors will be provided to Mary`s family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

Emma’s 4th Birthday Wish …

EmmaIs to help orphans around the globe be united with their forever families, just like she and her little sister have been!! 🙂

We are humbly asking that instead of gifts to celebrate Emma’s birthday this year, you would consider donating to the AMAZING organization that led us to our 2 daughters!! No donation is too small!

We wholeheartedly believe in the vision & mission of Reece’s Rainbow and have seen firsthand the incredible blessings this organization has been, not only to us, but to thousands of families and orphans worldwide.

Thank you for your gracious consideration in helping make Emma’s BIRTHDAY WISH come true!!

 

 

$545.00 was gifted to Valerie in honor of Emma!

A list of donors will be provided to Emmas’s parents. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

Selah’s 3rd Birthday Wish …

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Is to help orphans around the globe be united with their forever families, just like she and her big sister have been!! 🙂

We are humbly asking that instead of gifts to celebrate Selah’s birthday this year, you would consider donating to the AMAZING organization that led us to our 2 daughters!! No donation is too small!

We wholeheartedly believe in the vision & mission of Reece’s Rainbow and have seen firsthand the incredible blessings this organization has been, not only to us, but to thousands of families and orphans worldwide.

Thank you for your gracious consideration in helping make Selah’s BIRTHDAY WISH come true!!

 

$806.00 was raised celebrating Selah`s birthday!  The funds were gifted to Sasha 🙂

 

A list of donors will be provided to Selah’s parents.  If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org 

J + J + J Fundraising

P1010341-001Jakob Klcovansky and Jakob Kegel are two Swedish runners whose friendship goes a long way back. All the way to the first day of catholic elementary school, in fact. During the last few years, they have made a habit of running ultra marathons together and in so doing, they have raised money for several different charities; UNICEF, HOPE for Children and the Children’s Ward at Saint Francis’ Hospital in Zambia, to name a few.

This summer, they have chosen to run for the benefit of Reece’s Rainbow, an adoption grant foundation for children with Down’s syndrome and other special needs. They were recommended to do so by Jakob Klcovansky’s cousin Maria and her husband Nicolas, the parents of two adorable girls, one of which has Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome.

The race they will be running this year is the North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail, a 120 km long and 5850+ metres steep ultra trail race in the Dolomite mountain range of Italy. Joining them in Italy for their charity run will be Jozef Klcovansky, Jakob’s father, who will be running his first ultra marathon; the Cortina Trail, the 47 km long and 2650+ metres steep little sister of the Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

Reece’s Rainbow Adoption Grant Foundation sponsors families who wish to adopt children with Down’s syndrome or other special needs, often from orphanages overseas. These children are viewed as outcasts with no ability to learn or be functional members of society. They languish in mental institutions, hidden away from the world in shame. To date, Reece’s Rainbow has helped more than 1000 children to find their adoptive families and raised more than $4,5 million in grant funds to sponsor these families.

Please help Jakob, Jakob and Jozef to raise money for the adoption of children with Down’s syndrome and other special needs by donating to Reece’s Rainbow. They need all the help they can get and are enormously grateful for every single cent you are able to provide.

Loads of love,

J + J + J

$2,325.00 was raised — grant funds were donated to Jacob.

A list of donors will be provided to Jakob, Jakob, and Jozef.  If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org 

In Honor of Jacob Grover

White LovinsJacob Chen Grover passed away in his mother’s and father’s arms on December 15th, 2013 after valiantly fighting the devastating effects of a massive stroke caused by his Moyamoya disease.

Jacob was born in Hangzhou, China on October 6, 2005, where he spent four years of his young life in a loving orphanage waiting for his forever family to find him. In 2010, the Grovers were directed by the Lord to find their Jacob and begin his adoption. They were finally allowed to bring him to their home in Lehi, Utah, on March 17th, 2011. Jacob was sealed to his family in the LDS Draper Temple on April 23, 2011.

Jacob’s mission in life was to share the love of Christ and happiness with everyone around him. With his exuberance for life, he captured the hearts of all who knew him. He taught by example how to love completely, instantly forgive, and love every moment of this glorious life.

Jacob is survived by his adoring parents, Jennifer and James; his brothers and sisters, Emily, Brianna, Joshua, Lauren, Jeffrey and Michael; grandparents, Marsha and Richard Murrow; grandmother, Lorraine Hart, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family is eternally grateful for the Savior’s atonement that makes it possible for them to be together forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Jacob’s honor to www.ReecesRainbow.org, a ministry that advocates and assists with the international adoption of children with Down Syndrome who are desperately looking to find their forever family, just as Jacob did.

$4,655.00 was donated in honor of Jacob

Jacob’s Ladder: In Memory of Timmy Kroll

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Sweet Timmy was much beloved, and gone way too soon.  His short life has touched many people, and he will be lovingly remembered.

 

$9,332.00 has been gifted in loving memory of Timmy Kroll.

 

A list of donors will be provided to Timmy’s family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

Noah’s Birthday!

Noah has been home with his forever family for a year
And now we get to celebrate with him as he turns two !

What better way to celebrate this little miracle then to help another waiting child find their happy ending like Noah did.

One of the hardest things we ever had to do was walk out of the orphanage, knowing that there were rooms and rooms filled with babies, and children, waiting to know what love is. Waiting to feel safe and comforted …waiting to feel like they belong.

Taking a child from an orphanage into a family, from lost to loved, is by far the most incredible, life changing, miraculous thing I have ever had the privilege of doing.
But with that life changing experience, also comes the haunting, heartbreaking reality of what we left behind.
When you have looked into the eyes of these lost children,
When you have walked the silent hallways
When you have heard little ones raise their hands and reaching for you say “mama? Papa?” and you cant save them all,
It changes you
It leaves you with a heartache you will never truly get over.

If you have followed Noah’s story this past year you have seen what a miraculous change has come about in him because he found love and a family. So in honor of Noah’s second birthday we want to challenge you to donate $2 –you can donate any amount of course—but if everyone who has been touched by Noah donated just $2 for his second birthday, it would help another child find their fairy tale.

Being in an orphanage changes you,
Your perspective changes when you know first hand that the many waiting children in those orphanage rooms are more then just orphans thrown away, they are actual children, children like Noah, and Mia, each of them with a story, a story waiting to be told.
The only way to try and heal from the piece of my heart that was left within those orphanage walls is to continue to help, even if its in a little way.

As Noah’s birth mother said “I think Noah is an angel sent here to teach people to love,” and we couldn’t agree more as we have been able to love him this last year! He has a spirit about him that touches people, so lets honor Noah Bear on this special day by helping another child who needs to know love.

Mia’s miracle did not end with her, and Noah’s miracle will not end with him as we all continue to share and be a part of what love can do.

We will keep our birthday fundraiser open until midnight on June 5 and then we will share which family and/or child the money raised will go to.

On behalf of Noah and our family, THANK YOU!! for helping us pay the miracle of love forward.

$149.00 has been donated to celebrate Noahs birthday!

A list of donors will be provided to Noah’s family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

Indy Llew’s Birthday

Help celebrate Indy Llew’s birthday by helping a family bring home their child!

What a beautiful first year we have had with our girl. We wanted to do something special to celebrate Indy’s birthday, and kept coming back to Reece’s Rainbow. There are so many children that need loving homes and the opportunity to thrive. After experiencing the joy & light Indy has brought into our lives we want to help give others the same opportunity. We have been shown an indescribable amount of love and support, and this is our way of trying to give back. Help us bring some children home!

$6,025.00 has been donated to celebrate Indy Llews birthday!

A list of donors will be provided to Indy Llew’s family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

Polka Fundraising for O’Briens

 

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Fans of many different polka groups are quite possibly familiar with CeCe (age 8) and Adhu (age 6). Both Cece and Adhu were adopted by Paula and Scott O’Brien. These two youngsters are often seen at polka shows; dancing, clapping, and singing along. Their polka fandom does not stop there however, the O’brien family follows several local and national polka acts. The O’Briens have given these two children, from entirely different parts of the world, a loving family and home. Both kids were classified with special needs, as many children up for adoption internationally are. Paula and Scott possess a special heart for these kids. Cecilia, who was adopted from Kazakhstan in 2009 was classified as anemic. Adhu, who the O’Briens brought home from India in 2015, has severe kypho-scoliosis. This is condition dealing with Adhu’s spine, an issue that requires a lot of attention and special care.

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After Adhu’s adoption from India in 2015, the O’Briens thought their family was complete. However, a child in need was brought to their attention and the O’Briens felt compelled to step out in faith once again and offer this child a home. Mickey is to be adopted from China. It is believed that the three-year-old suffers from arthrogryposis. This is a condition dealing with joint contractures in which some joints do not move properly or can even be stuck in a single position. It is the O’Brien family’s desire to bring the child home, get him the treatment he needs, and include him in their loving family.polka-band

The O’Briens are a family. When CeCe and Adhu became part of that family; they instantly had grandparents, aunt’s and uncles, and cousins. The polka community is a family as well. And as a family, we can help raise the money needed to make this new adoption possible. We’ve seen the love and values that Paula and Scott give their children and we cannot wait to meet Mickey and see him become part of their family and ours. We know that Mickey will make a great addition, dancing the polka and singing along with the rest of his family.

$5,597.97 has been donated by POLKA FANS for the O’Brien’s adoption!

A list of donors will be provided to the O’Brien family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org