Frank's Freedom

Meet Frank. He’s 13 years old, and is curious, busy, fun happy and bright. He has a mental delay, but that doesn’t stop him from being friendly, engaging and kind. He’s also an orphan in Eastern Europe. This means he is in an institution. If he is not adopted by age 16, he will be thrown out on the street with nothing but the clothes on his back and his “disabled orphan” status. Let me tell you more about Frank.

He’s little, about the size of a 7 year old. And he’s smart. He is in a group with teenage boys ages 16-24. He does puzzles and he does his chores diligently. He is very kind to the younger children. Frank is friendly and engaging. He likes being with the boys, but is happy being alone too. He plays appropriately with toys and is “all boy”. He could very easily function in a family. Frank is curious, smart, fun and sweet. He likes to play in the dirt and jump on the trampoline. Frank is independent, a good eater, is happy and content. Frank is physically healthy. He walks, runs, feeds himself, speaks, does puzzles and interacts with others well. He's a sweet boy who seems rather unaffected by his surroundings. He has no future where he's at, and without help, he's never getting out. Institutions are a one way ticket to nowhere. And this little boy deserves a future. This little boy will be a blessing to any family.

The Baker family has committed to adopt Frank and another boy, Emmitt. But international adoption is pretty expensive. The adoption would cost about $30,000. Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that helps with this cost. They set up grants for children in 25 countries around the world, and any money that is donated to these funds is given to the families to help with adoption fees. With Reece's Rainbow's help, the Baker family only needs about $10,000 to bring home both boys!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

All I Really Want For Christmas

It's that time of year again. You can see it all over stores, all over TV. All the stores have the Christmas music blaring, all their big sales advertised everywhere. Every ad on TV is another thing the kids "can't live without". They are making their Christmas lists of everything they want. The new video game console, a TV to go with it. They just HAVE to have the newest American Girl doll, and all the accessories. And it has to be American Girl, not an off- name brand that looks exactly the same but costs half as much. They take the catalogs and circle everything they want, and expect to get. I admit, I was the same way as a kid. We wanted all those walking, talking stuffed animals, all those new video game consoles that we would lose interest in in a week. I asked for a puppy every year, even though we had two dogs, and two cats (and a fish at one point). Did we really NEED that new video game, or those stuffed animals? No, but we thought we did.
But some kids don't have the chance to make a mile- long Christmas list. Some kids, they want that stuff, but they have a bigger wish.
143 million kids this Christmas are asking for something more. They are asking for a family. 
Please watch this video. I think it really speaks for itself. Listen to the words of the song. This is Frank's Christmas wish. Save him before it's too late.