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Good Deeds

Folks, I'm going to share a story of a very good friend of mine and the incredible journey of giving she and her family are about to embark on. I've talked and written about my "mom's list" before, a group of pregnant ladies who got together and formed an e-mail list in the summer of 1995. We were all due to deliver our babies in October or November of 1995...in the end some birthdays slipped into September or December, but we've stuck together and turned our pregnancy-support list into a mom-support list and now we're just a group of good, good friends who are closing in on celebrating 10 years of being together. We've held get-togethers around the country, stayed in each others homes, talked to one another every day, and many of these ladies truly are my extended family. We've grieved together during deaths, divorces and illnesses in our families, we've celebrated together during the joys of new births, new families, new beginnings.

Nothing so far can compare to what my friends L&S area about to do.

About a year and a half ago L&S had taken steps to adopt a child to add to their biological family of two daughters. L is adopted and feels strongly that adoption can make a huge difference in the life of a child in need. That's when they met a young, single woman (A) who had a child she was considering giving up for adoption. In the end, the child went to live with a family member, but L and A have stayed in touch. A is 19 years old now, and has 3 children ages 3, 2, and 1.

Last night, L's phone rings: it's A. This spring, A was diagnosed with leukemia and told that her chances were not good, even with treatment. Withot treatment she has 6 months to a year to live. A's two older children are currently living with her sister, who has two children of her own, one a newborn, and has told A that she is only willing to have the children until A gets better but if she dies, she will send them to foster care. As you can imagine, this was a huge stress for A thinking of her children being lost in the foster care system possibly for the rest of their childhoods. When she dies, she said, she wants L&S to keep her children and have legal custody of them.

L tells A she will have to talk to S about it and will call her back as soon as possible. When S arrives home they talk and pray and eventually make the decision to do everything they can to help.

Earlier this spring, L&S bought a house, a duplex that belongs to them. L told A they're willing to take custody of her children if that's what she wants, but proposed another option. Their house is a duplex and the people who live next door are moving out at the end of October. They have invited A to live there with her children, who they will eventually adopt. Their plan right now is to go out to where the 3 year old and 2 year old are living to pick up the children, then drive to where A lives with her 20-month-old, and bring them all home with them.

They are going to need everything like furniture, etc. and, to be honest, they could use financial help with the trip going out to get them. It will take several days as it's about a 4,000 mile round trip. If anyone knows anyone who is charitably minded who would like to donate to a good cause, we're collecting all we can to help.

100% of anything given will be used to get A and the children to their new home and make them comfortable. L has worked extensively with troubled children in a past career and is active with charitable groups. She's already contacted her local hospice organization about helping A cope as her disease progresses.

This is true Christian charity at work.


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Blogger Damelon Says:

Can you take some money via PayPal and get it where it needs to be?

Blogger Nikchick Says:

I can take PayPal donations if you're so inclined. A bunch of us are trying to coordinate our efforts so everything goes to one place and we don't reinvent the wheel. I'll post an update when we get organized.


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