“The number one reason people do not give is because they were not asked.”
I heard this quote from a friend years ago and have thought often of these words during different seasons of my life.
One of those seasons is now.
Most of you know that our family is hoping to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. It’s been 15 months since our home study was first approved. For personal reasons, we have not done any major fundraising to date. We’ve simply told our story and offered (via email) a couple of opportunities for folks to financially support this endeavor. Many of you have responded in the most generous of ways and we thank you for that.
In our efforts to share our journey with more people, we are posting this letter so that you can read of how God continues to care for us through His people. We want to share with you (especially those on Facebook) so that you can choose to pray or give or both. As the truth in the above quote reminds us: If you don’t know about the opportunity, you cannot respond; by sharing this opportunity with you, we are inviting you to participate.
Dear Family & Friends,
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support as we trust the Lord to bring our baby to us in His perfect time. Yesterday (August 6th), we learned from Lifesong (an adoption grant organization) that we have been given an additional $2,500 matching grant from our church! We are excited to report that a portion of these grant monies has already been matched! This particular grant not only allows for you amazing folks to give online, but it also allows us to immediately access funds to cover our expenses. We expect that we will need $1,800 more (of the $2,500) to be matched in order to cover our remaining expenses.
Now, I (Katie) am no math guru but that would be 180 people giving $10 each. Or 100 people giving $18 each. Or 18 people giving $100 each. Or one person giving $1,800. Do you see what we’re doing here? You get the idea.
Our goal is to receive all funding for this grant by August 21st. We can receive funds beyond that date until our child is home and/or the adoption is complete.
Would you prayerfully consider giving toward our adoption?
Here are some of the specifics in how you can give:
- Checks must be made payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo note, please write “Carper #3879“ (our family name and account number), to ensure that the monies go to our account. Mail to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). This means that 100% of your donation will go directly to our adoption!
- To give online, please go to http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in the “Family Account Number” (#3879) and “Family Name” (Carper) fields. Please note that PayPal charges an administrative fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.
In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. Individual donations of $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $250 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
We are so grateful for your continued words of encouragement, your willingness to ask us how we’re doing in the midst of our wait, your generous spirit, and perhaps most of all, your prayers to the One who’s led us this far. We could not travel this road without you.
Glendon & Katie
If you have any questions, please contact us via FB messaging.