So who is this Julie girl that you have been sharing all over Facebook?
Julie is an orphan with Down Syndrome who lives in China. She was abandoned at birth to a state run institution because of her diagnosis.
Why are you sharing her picture if she is allll the way in China?
Julie is eligible for adoption by foreign parents. If she stays in China, she will probably live out her life in poorly funded state facilities. With a home and family in the United States and Canada, her options are limitless. People with Down Syndrome in the United States go to school, some even go to college, they live independently, they have jobs. Usually none of those options are available to children elsewhere. Julie has tremendous potential!
Also as a little girl with Down Syndrome, she is unlikely to be adopted in her home country to due her country’s outdated views on people with DS. She may have DS, but you cannot forget that SHE IS STILL JUST A LITTLE GIRL. She deserves a mother and father who will love her, protect her, and encourage her to succeed, just as much as a child with normal chromosomes.
Simply put, I am praying that a family sees her and comes for her! If no one knows about her, no one will come.
Why do you keep asking for money for Julie?
Adoption is expensive. There are so many people out there who have the heart to adopt a baby with special needs, but the cost is scary since so few people have that much money laying around. I am trying to clear at least ONE obstacle that is in the way of her having a family. Andrea Roberts, the founder of Reece’s Rainbow firmly believes that the ONLY thing standing between these babies and coming home is the price of their adoption. She talks to people everyday with the heart, but who are discouraged by the cost and don’t think they can fundraise enough.
Back up, what is Reece’s Rainbow?
Reece’s Rainbow is an adoption grant and orphan advocacy foundation. They educate the world about the living conditions of orphans with disabilities worldwide and they help the families who want to adopt them with fundraising for the enormous cost. They also provide support to the families who are in process. Because of them, there are now over 1000 orphans with disabilities who have a real family! Julie is listed on Reece's Rainbow. Find out more about Reece’s Rainbow HERE.
So what EXACTLY are you trying to do as an Angel Tree Warrior?
Over the Christmas season I am in charge of sharing Julie’s picture to get her seen by as many people as possible.
I am trying to raise a minimum of $1000 towards her adoption grant.
This is my fourth year as an Angel Tree warrior. 3 out of 3 years I have met my fundraising goal. 2 out of 3 of my Angel Tree babes have families now. Due to Russia’s closing their doors to foreign adoption, my dear 2012 Angel Tree babe, Sonny, currently has no hope of a family.
Why don’t you just donate the money yourself?
Ha! I would love to; it would be a lot less humbling. But the truth is, if I took the easy way, then there would be no incentive to SHARE Julie or to SHOUT to the world that this precious child of God needs a family. The harder I have to work to get other people to donate to her account, the more people know about her and see her picture! Plus it feels like cheating to me.
So, I’ll leave you with this little nugget from God’s word…
“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our father is this… to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.” – James 1:27
Please consider donating to my girl Julie or sharing her picture! You can access her RR profile to donate HERE or click on anyone of her pictures on the sidebar.