Monday, December 14, 2009

Help please...

One of the things that I was looking forward to this Christmas was buying presents for our baby. Earlier this week I was thinking to myself, well, maybe I could just buy some sort of present anyway -- like get a present for the next baby. But, that just didn't seem right. I thought maybe we could get a present that would give us something to remember our baby, but we already did that. So that didn't seem right either.

I started thinking about how I wish I could deliver a present to heaven and give it to our baby. But what could you give a baby who doesn't live in this world?

Then all of a sudden, I had an idea.

What if we took the money we were going to spend on physical presents for our baby and instead bought a virtual present -- per se? What if we gave a present in honor of our baby to an organization that needs our support?

Dave and I talked about it and that's what we're going to do this year. I told Dave, "We're parents without a child, so maybe we can help a child without parents."

There are lots of children in this world who don't have enough and we want to share with them. We haven't choosen the organization yet, so we might choose someplace that doesn't exclusively help orphans. We just want to help kids that need support.

I think this idea brings a smile to our baby's face. It brings a smile to mine as we've found a way to make good out of our bad situation.

Here's the criteria we decided upon:
  • A large percentage of the money we give must go to the children, not administrative costs
  • The organization must help children in need (can be a local, national or international organization)
Now here's where we need your help. We need ideas! I have a couple of ideas already, but we haven't made any decisions yet. We want to research and discuss the options to make sure our money is going to make a difference.

What organizations do you know that help kids in need?




  1. i don't know about a charity, so i'm no help there. but i wanted to let you know about it could be the kind of "gift" you are looking for or need (in addition to the charity). one of my girlfriends lost her son to anencephaly last year (she birthed him at 27 weeks and he lived for 3 hours) and she said it helped her to have him acknowledged. i don't know their specific criteria, i just wanted to let you know that it exists.

    my heart breaks for you and your hubby. i can't even imagine what losing a baby must be like.

  2. I do not know about the percentages in this organization, but I have a friend who adopted 3 of their children through this organization. You could check them out: All Gods Children International AGCI.

  3. I don't know what organization to give to...but we wanted to do something for you/"angel baby" this Christmas as once you decide where you want to donate...let me know and I'll send you some money to put along with it as our gift to our other niece/ you guys!

  4. Holt International is a Christian organization that helps families adopt children overseas...look up their website, it's a GREAT organization. In fact, for a year, we "adopted" a child for $30/ & dad and Katie & Brian did it too. A HUGE percentage of the money goes right to helping the kids. Or, our church (Port City Community Church) has a project called Hope 127. The money directly helps kids in an orphanage in Kenya. If you want, I can send you the website for more info. I think it's awesome that you guys are doing this!


What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear.