The months of November and December are busy months for everyone. These are seasons of thankfulness. Of thoughtfulness. Of giving. Three holidays, lots of family time for some, busy stores, the eating, the cleaning, the taking care of others who are less fortunate…
Ok, wait, let’s back up to that last activity… taking care of those who are less fortunate. This one is an important one to me. While I, an upper-middle class woman, am celebrating holidays with my family close, there are others – children – out in the world who don’t have parents to teach and raise them. They don’t have families to support them. They may not even own their own clothes. Their world is small, their ‘holiday’ meals are no different than their everyday meals, there are no gifts or celebratory hugs or time spent with loved ones. For some, there is only a crib, or a bed, and a caregiver who doesn’t come around often enough, and silence. And darkness.
Such is the life of a child who is an orphan and lives in an institution, in a country where they may or may not be valued, simply because they are orphans. Or they have a disability. Or their families couldn’t afford to raise them. Even a cognitively typical child who enters an institution will most definitely lose much of their functioning, and it is nothing short of a miracle when they are able to be pulled out of that despairing place and back into the light. This is what happens when you support a child who has no family. You pull them into the light.
Volunteers, donations, quality of life improvements can, unfortunately, often only happen when an institution is financially stable, and therefore able to provide quality caregivers and support to its residents. Children belong in families. They do not belong in institutions. Doesn’t matter if they have complex medical needs, have difficult disabilities, require extensive surgeries.
This is where adoption advocacy and grant-raising website Reece’s Rainbow comes into the picture.
And each year, in November and December, Reece’s Rainbow hosts a fundraising campaign, the goal of which is to raise individual grant monies for each child for which they advocate, which are available to potential adoptive families. This is called the Miracle of Adoption Christmas Campaign, or MACC, about which I have written in the past. To get started with some information about this year’s MACC, visit this link. Then, when you are ready to give, share, or advocate, visit this link. You can choose a child and begin supporting any time! If you would like to give a donation as a gift, click here.
The current MACC is well underway, and there are many children for you to meet. The further down you scroll on the page, less funds have been raised for each of those children.
Info direct from the website:
- The goal of the Miracle of Adoption Christmas Campaign is to raise $1000 or more, as an adoption grant for each waiting child [listed]. Anyone can give for any child, at any time during the year, but ornaments are only available for the children shown below.
- Anyone can help the children by praying, posting to Facebook, Twitter, on your blog, and by sharing with friends and family.
- There is no shortage of families wishing to adopt these children, only a shortage of funds to do so. The more you are able to raise or give, the better that child’s chances are of finding a forever family. They are truly living on borrowed time.
- Give $35 or more for one child and receive a beautiful keepsake photo ornament of that child to hang on your tree. $5 of the donation goes to the Voice of Hope Fund, to help pay for the cost of the ornaments and shipping.
- 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.
- Checks are welcome, and save us on Paypal fees.
- International donors welcome, we will mail your ornament(s) anywhere in the world.
- If you have questions about blog buttons or other ways to share our Miracle of Adoption Christmas Campaign through social media, please contact Lucille.
This season, please evaluate what you are able to give. Give your thanks, give your voice, give your donations if you can (any little bit helps). Share this need with others. Choose a child (or children) to support. Teach your kids what it means to give back, to help those who need help, to support those who have no support. You don’t have to donate money, but please consider donating your time. It takes only a few moments to share MACC’s info page on your social media or blog.