Tuesday, February 19, 2008

We have pictures!

I received pictures from Dao Orphanage today! Our family loves to see the photos of children, the orphanage and items that were purchased with donations sent in!!


A few of the babies sporting their new layers of warm clothing!

Lots of baby formula and cereal for the children!

Look at all those shoes - one pair for each child!

Socks for the children...

New, warm sweaters for everyone!

Brand new PJs!!

Warm outfits for the children...

Even more outfits for the kids...

And still more...

-WOW, I love how much they are able to buy for those adorable children!! I have asked our contact to find out if they are still needing a heater and/or washer. This may be something they are getting through Half the Sky Foundation so I will wait to hear back from our contact to see if there is anything else we can help them with!

Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to this amazing event - keeping these special children warm and fed!


Monday, February 18, 2008

Helping Jiangyong Orphanage

I received an email today in regards to Jiangyong Orphanage. They have asked us to provide clothes for their children and baby formula. They estimated it would cost $500 to cover these items. We are thrilled to have raised over $900 to send them so now they can buy some "extras" whether it be more formula, toys for the children or some other things they have wanted but couldn't purchase. We will be getting photos of the items they purchase in the next couple of weeks and I'll post them here.

There are only 7 children living in Jiangyong Orphanage right now. Even though it is a tiny orphanage, they still do not have adequate means to care for the children - we are thrilled to help them out and to give them the surprise of more funds! They care for 5 children under the age of 1, 1 child who is 4 and 1 child between the ages of 7-9.

I heard from Dao Orphanage today! The Director was shopping for items for the children and their facility with the donation we sent them. So many people around the world contributed to this donation and I can't wait to hear (and see) what they were able to purchase with the money. I will post pictures here when I receive them!
Stay tuned....

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentine's Dinner a Huge Success!

Two Homes One Heart Display

Art Auction

Set up and ready for our guests!

Our Valentine's Dinner Event was a GREAT success! We had a great turnout and such a beautiful night. The food was fabulous!!! Thank you to Mari Lynn - you are amazing!!!

We raised just over $2000 and can't wait to share this money with many, many children! We will be giving $700 from last night's proceeds to Jiangyong Orphanage and we have an additional $250 set aside for them as well. This should cover all the items on the "needs" list!

We will also be giving $650 to Faith Village and another $650 to our "Heart to Heart" Project (care packages for Foster Children) and our local Food Bank for baby formula, rice cereal and diapers.

THANK YOU to the many wonderful people who came out and "shared their love"!

Sunday, February 3, 2008


In 24 hours we all raised $2910.00 for Dao orphanage plus $150 for Jiangyong Orphanage! How fantastic is that!!!
THANK YOU to all of you for your kindess and generosity!!!
Inside Dao orphanage

We need 100 people to donate $10 in the next 24 hours to help these children!!! Please click on the "Donate" button to the left! If we raise more than the $1000, it will still go to the many needs of the orphanages. Please post this on your blogs so we can get the money raised in the next 24 hours!!!!!

**Time of original post: 9:44 pm
**10:15 pm - $100 has been donated so far!

**10:36 pm - $192 (off to bed...)
next morning...
**9:36 am - $525 donated already! Keep it up - we are 1/2 way there!!!
**10:56 am - $710.00!!!
**11:39 am - $955.oo - WooHoo!
**2:29 pm - $1640.00 - Incredible!!!
**6:00 pm - $2041 - 4 hours to go!
**10:00 pm - $2660.00 WOW

I emailed our contact in China to see if the orphanages we are supporting in Hunan were hurt by the terrible storms and weather affecting China right now. We have heard that 2 of our orphanges were without power for several days but now have it back and are doing okay.

One of our orphanages is in desperate need and they have asked us to PLEASE help them with warm clothing and food for their children. Due to the storm and the huge need, food is hard to buy so the prices are much higher now. We are trying to raise $1000 in the next 24 hours so I can wire it to our contact in China. She will make sure the orphanage is supplied with baby formula, food for the older children and WARM clothing. Weather reports say this is going to continue for several more days so it's very important that we move quickly to help these vulnerable children and the wonderful nannies who care for them!!!

I know we can do this - let's show them how much we care!!

I will keep you updated on how much we are raising as time goes on!

Thank you,

Below is the letter we received...

Tammy ,

I just called director Lei of Leng Shui Tan orphanage, Director Zhao of Dao County orphanage and Director Zhang of Jiang Yong orphanage. Below is details the directors told me.

1)Leng Shui Tan orphanage :Director Lei said they had lost electricity power and tap water for some days and it has come back two days ago.The orphanage is doing good now .She let me say thanks to you as well as other families who concerned about the orphanage .

2)Dao County orphanage :Director Zhao said they lost electricity power and tap water for about ten days . Now, they borrowed a small generator to make electricity that just can run lights but can't run heater appliance or air-condition. Now, they use coal to cook and carry water by hands now. Zhao said they got a help from the foundation a few days ago and bought some clothes for children already but that is not enough. Director Zhao said their situation is severe and need money to buy more warm clothes and food for children at orphanage. I asked her how much amount she needs, she said because everything is getting expensive now, the shortage is about 1000USD. She also said even a small amount donation will help children at the orphanage more or less .

3)Jiang Yong orphanage :Director Zhang said they lost electricity power for about a week .They use coal to make heat .She said they should have enough clothes for children at the orphanage .She said, general speaking, they are doing good so far. She let me say thanks to you as well as other families who concerned about the orphanage.