Saturday, February 2, 2008
Hi everyone! I finally found a way to get back online! Has everyone come
down to earth yet? What an AMAZING final day of the Facebook contest.
Did anyone else hit the "refresh" button every 2 seconds today?
My family was heading to Texas today, but there was no way we could pull
away until the final tally was in. Our hearts were pounding as it came
down to the last minutes and when it ended.there were screams of happiness
and tears of joy, and such unbelievable gratitude for everyone who helped.
Tonight while we were at a rest stop in Antlers, Oklahoma (isn't that a
great town name?)..the ending of "It's a Wonderful Life" just washed over
me. You know the scene.when George thinks he is going to jail and the
police are there, but then his front door opens and the entire town has come
to his home to donate all their dollars in order to help a friend. That is
exactly what we saw in the last 24 hours for ten orphaned babies in
China..the "whole town" coming out to tell them how important they are to
this world. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness of our friends.
Today I heard of a college student whose niece was adopted from China, going
door to door in her dorm and convincing over 200 people to help our cause.
I learned of an ICU night nurse who recruited hospital staff, of men who
called meetings at work and then convinced their co-workers to join
Facebook. I heard of sororities and fraternities signing up friends, of
grandparents emailing everyone they knew, of moms driving to Starbucks to
convince the people sipping coffee there that they needed to give. I had
message after message from friends who said they had taken the day off of
work so that they could man the phones for the kids and find new donors.
And in our adoption community, truly the entire town was there helping
today. Adoption agencies, bloggers, yahoogroups, and even other charities
working with orphans.all sending notes and letters asking their supporters
to donate today, because we all share the same belief that orphaned children
matter. It was so humbling to watch it unfold. The last 24 hours have
shown that we are ONE COMMUNITY, tied together with love for the children.
And so from all of us at LWB, to all of our friends who helped make this
possible..THANK YOU so sincerely. We all know who the real winners were
today...the beautiful children who will now have a second chance at life.
What a story they will someday be told, of how "the whole town" came out to
change their futures. For us, the Facebook contest has ended, but for
Cong, Ying, Shan, Yun, Yu, Xiang, Ya, Zi, Hua, Ling and more...their story
of HOPE has just begun.
posted at 8:35 AM