This Saturday July 23rd, just four short days away, a group of 15 amazing children looking for a family are coming to the United States from the Ukraine. These are children who range in age from 5-13 who have lived their entire lives in orphanages, and now through the help of a group called Redline United, they have the hope of finding families to love them and call them their own.
Each of these children, or sibling groups, get assigned a "host family" for the three weeks that they are here-- July 23 thru August 13th. Each of the host families pays for the costs associated with getting the child they are hosting here to the US-- plane tickets, passports, etc. The total cost for this is $2750.
Redline's mission with each of these children is to find them a home first and foremost. It could ultimately be with the family who hosts them, or a different family whom they meet through one of many activities and informational meetings they set up throughout the weeks. Last year ALL of the 16 children who were hosted found families!!!! All of them have been adopted already or are in the process of being adopted!! Amazing.
Well this year there are 15 children coming, and all but one of them have host families.
Just one child, sweet 13 year old Vanya, is without a family to stay with here in the US.
We helped out with this program last year and got to meet all the incredible children who came to the US last summer. Let me just say, it changed our lives and the lives of our children. We only got to assist with this camp for two days, and that was all it took to open our hearts and our children's hearts to the plight of the orphan. Our kids got to see that those children were just like them! They loved to play, have fun and learn. And they wanted the love of a family. It was a major catalyst as well in spurring us on towards the adoption of older children.
Let's help Vanya know the love of a family. Give him the opportunity to be one less orphan in this world. Please.