Sunday, December 1, 2013

This Christmas

Today is December 1st which for my family always marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This year it's especially exciting as Samuel will be spending his first Christmas surrounded by a family who loves him. He will decorate Christmas trees and bake Christmas cookies and open presents and participate in reaching out to those in need... Meanwhile, 163 million children around the world will spend yet another Christmas without a family.

As we prepare to celebrate this holiday season...

  • There are 30,000 children living in foster care in Canada who are waiting to be adopted (115,000 in the US). 
  • There are approximately 25 million children in Asia who have been abandoned and are longing for a place to belong.
  • There are over 50 million orphans in Africa who are in need of a family.  
  • There are approximately 1 million children living in institutions in Eastern Europe who are desperate for someone to give them hope and a future. 
Would you consider opening your heart and home to a child who wants nothing more than a family of their own? 
No, it won't be easy, but it will be the greatest gift you could give yourself / your family this Christmas.

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