Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thanks!

Thank you to the following families for your donation boxes this week:

Inga Bass (MS)
Daniel Eckman and Family (PA)
Teresa Kraft (SC)
The Nichols Family (MO)

Wedneday morning in Taraz the children will be receiving their New Year's presents along with fruit and candy. We will post picutres as soon as we receive them.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New board member


We are happy to announce that Susan Serra of Florida has joined the board of Two Hearts. Susan has two children, Sean and Leeza. Leeza was adopted from Kostanai in October of this year after Susan and her family spent 11 weeks and 3 days in Kazakhstan. Susan brings an enthusiasm and heart for Kazakhstan that will bless our ministry greatly. We are looking forward to working with her!

This week we would like to thank the following families for the boxes of donations we received:

The Kudwa Family (MI)

The Hochstetler Family (IN)

The Kitzman Family (KY)

The Blackburn Family (AL)

Greta Owens and MOPS of Ocala FL

Leah Hardesty and Valencia County 4-H Apache Cloverbud Club- (Children that helped contribute) Camden, Brittney Sue Jones, Mikayla, Aidan, Katie Vigil, Duane Charles Jones, Maddy and Grady.

We are also very happy to report that Muriel was able to donate $566 from the proceeds of the Kazakh Cuties calendar!  Thank you to Muriel for organizing this project and for all that supported it!  

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

From Taraz......

We just received this email from our contact in Taraz. She had this to say about taking the orphans to the toy store:

“It went really well. We were able to take 72 children (almost exactly half) shopping. For the most part they really enjoyed it. One boy went through the whole store buying things that were about 100 Tenge or less (notebooks, rulers, markers, drawing paper, pens, etc). He probably ended up with about 40 items - we had to make up some extra labels for him. ☺

I got to take two little girls shopping. I walked with them through the clothes (which they said they wanted) to the stuffed animals (which they loved) and finally to the doll aisle. They both ended up choosing a 1 1/2 foot doll in a pink dress. They proudly carried their doll to the front of the store where we put a label on each one with their names and then they put their dolls in the cart after a few pictures. It was funny to watch how big their eyes got when they first saw the dolls. One of the two little girls had been at the orphanage for less than one week. This was her first experience doing anything with us and she was a bit scared at first. It was fun that she had something special happen during her first week at Ulan.

We have about 75 children left. Ten of these children are in the youngest children's group (preschool), so we will choose the gifts for them. About 15 were in the hospital. We will probably take one more trip to the store and then just purchase gifts for any children that are remaining. We are in the process now of getting the gifts wrapped so that we will be ready when it is time to give them out. Thanks so much (to you and your sponsors) for making this possible. The kids are having a great time. One of the girls said "so this is what it means to go shopping - I didn't know because I never went shopping before."


Isn't it amazing that giving a little provides a whole lot! Thank you once again to everyone who donated this year! You made it a success and brought many many smiles to those children who so desperately needed them!





We would also like to thank the following families for the donations we received this week:

Angie Frakes (WA)
The Reinoehl/Comporato Family (IL)
The Blackburn Family (AL)
The Kudwa Family (MI)

Remember that we are collecting underwear and cloth diapers for the month of December.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cookbook Sale

$10 Cookbooks for sale!

We are selling our cookbook, "Cooking for Kaz: Meals for Hope" for $10!   This cookbook will make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook!  

There are only 70 left, offer good while supplies last!  

All the proceeds go to our continued efforts in Kazakhstan.

Please visit our website for info - www.twoheartsforhope.org 


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Raffle winner

Congratulations to Nealy Hughes of Alabama for winning our November raffle!  Thank you Nealy for your support!  

Please look for our next great raffle starting in January!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Last chance-Updated

Tomorrow is the last day to order your Kazakh Cuties 2009 calendar. You can place your order via our paypal link on the sidebar (unless you are receiving this update to your email in which case you will need to visit our blog).

This week we thank The Kudwa Family (MI) ,The Wood Family (TX), Daniel Eckman (PA), The Comparato/Reinoehl Family (IL) and The Boykin Family (NC) for the great donation boxes sent in.

A complete list of orphan sponsors are available on our website - www.twoheartsforhope.org. We are accepting donations for orphan sponsorship until December 1st.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One week left

Reminder - there is only one week left to purchase your tickets for our raffle of the month -

This month we will be raffling off a brand new, never before opened, Garmin StreetPilot c330 GPS system. This will be a perfect holiday gift. Cross of that special someone with this great item valued at $125.00. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to our continued efforts in Kazakhstan. This raffle will run until November 29th, with the winner being announced on November 30th.

Please visit our website, www.twoheartsforhope.org, to purchase your tickets or simply follow the paypal link on the sidebar to the left!

Thanks!

(If you are receiving this blog post via your email, you will need to visit our site. Posts delivered to your inbox will NOT contain paypal links, just text.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This weeks sponsors

This week you can find a complete list of all those that have sponsored orphans on our website - www.twoheartsforhope.org

Please click the link "Visit our Thank You page" to find the list or go here - http://www.twoheartsforhope.org/thankyou.html

Thank you!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Calendar Preview

Muriel, another adoptive mom, made the calendar pages below and is selling them this holiday season. Half the proceeds will be donated to Two Hearts for Hope. Each calendar will have Kazakh and American holidays.

Calendars are $21.25 and can be purchased from our sidebar until November 25th. The calendars will ship the first two weeks of December, just in time for the holidays.


December

November

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

February

January

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Great news from Taraz!

Here is part of an email we received from our contact in Taraz!

"We are in the process of planning the shopping trip. It's going to take a bit of planning to pull off taking all of the kids to the store. I spoke with the vice director giving her a heads up last week. She seemed to be concerned that some of the kids wouldn't be able to handle picking out their own gifts. Today we went and spoke with the manager at the store and he is open to us coming. We will talk to the vice director more on Thursday and try to encourage her that it will be a good learning experience for them (how to behave in a store, how to make decisions, how to operate in a budget, etc). We are hoping to take all but a couple groups of the youngest children to the store and allow the kids to pick out their own gifts. For those that don't get to go, we will have their caregivers help choose gifts for them. Each child will be able to spend 2000 T. We will also probably purchase some candy and possibly some fruit for each child above the 2000 T to give them with their gifts.

We are going to take shifts of kids to the store, one or two groups at a time. We will give them 30 minutes to make their selections. We will place a label on the gift they choose and then place it into carts. At the end of the day (hopefully after about 6 shifts of children) we will check out all the gifts, take them back to the office, spend time wrapping the gifts, and deliver them around New Years. It should be lots of fun. We will work on getting pictures to send back to you ... we may have a problem getting pictures in the store itself (since they usually don't allow them), but we will try to convince them to make an exception for us. I will let you know how things go as we continue in the process."



Donations we have received in honor of others:

Contributor: Kari speckman
In honor of: Alla

Contributor: Sarah Lockwood
In honor of: Kevin, Happy Birthday sweetheart :-)

Contributor: Beth Sanders
In honor of: Drew

Contributor: Brian Ridge
In honor of: Susan Serra

Contributor: Jane Herlihy
In honor of: Leeza Grace Serra

Contributor: Judith Krieger
In honor of: Saule Buettner from Taldy Korgan

Contributor: Michelle Zelazny
In honor of: Serik from Taraz

Contributor: Andrew and Alaina Falk
In honor of: Patrick, Calvin and Titus


Thank you to the following people who have sponsored orphans to date:

The Beasley Family (NC)
The Robinson Family (RI)
The Strieby Family (CA)
Deborah Smith and Family (NY)
The Gobble Family (OK)
Pink Watermelon Kids (MD)
Ellen Bresnick (MD)
Jennifer Collins and Family (MO)
The Sykora Family (CT)
Jody Yeh and Family (SC)
The Siachta Family (PA)
The Cohen Family (CT)
The Nunes Family (NJ)
The Hoffa Family (PA)
The Edwards/Schmidt Family (NY)
Marcia Krull and Family (WI)
Patty Bilbro (NC)
The Elrod Family (IL)
Michael Scott and Family (MA)
Eric Newton and Family (MA)
The Karp Family (NY)
Sybille Vought and Family (MI)
The Lloyd Family (TX)
Renee Rudis and Family (TN)
The Serra Family (FL)
Toni Rosendahl and Family (CA)
Cathy Williams and Family (FL)
Ginger Reichl and Family (FL)
Linda Rendleman and Family (FL)
The Brody Family (CT)
The Cuales Family (NC)
Tina Akavan and Family (FL)
The Bari-Guida Family (NY)
The Snyder Family (IA)
The Moore Family (MS)
William Price and Family (FL)
The Lewis Family (SC)
The Hochstetler Family (IN)
Brenda Menard and Family (RI)

A special thank you to Mateo and Natalia Sapp, both adopted from Kazakhstan, for using their own money to sponsor an orphan.

Our thanks to everyone for donating so far! We are incredibly blessed to have such great support. Because of your generosity the children of Taraz are going to have a great holiday!

Don't forget the deadline to sponsor an orphan is December 1st!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Weekly Thank You's

Thank you to the following families for the great donations this week:

The Blackburn Family (AL)
The Bilbro Family (TN)
The Reinoehl/Comparato Family (IL)
The Tucker Family (MO)
The Cohen Family (CT)
Angie Frakes (WA)
The Hochstetler Family (IN)
Patricia Miller (NC)

Remember that we are asking for medical supplies this month. For a list of suggestions, please visit our website - www.twoheartsforhope.org

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sponsorship Update

We have been informed that people giving in honor of others would like them to be recognized. If you are giving in honor of another for the holiday season, please note this in the special instructions on Paypal or with your mailed in donation by giving us the following information:

1) Your name

2) The amount of orphans sponsored for each individual

3) The recipients name

Please only include information you want included on our blog.

If you have already donated in honor of someone and would like to be acknowledged, please email us the information at - info@twoheartsforhope.org.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New website!

We are so happy to announce that we have a new website! Check it out - www.twoheartsforhope.org

We are very grateful to our friend Inga Bass for creating and donating our new site. She put in hours and hours of hard work for us, all out of the goodness of her heart. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Inga, we are so moved by your generosity.

The new site has everything that has been here plus a few new things. Please follow us to our new home - www.twoheartsforhope.org

We will continue our weekly "thank you's" and other smaller updates here.

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Do you want your Kazakh cutie to be a star?

Today we were contacted by Muriel, a fellow Kazakhstan Adoptive Parent and co-organizer of Kazapalooza. Muriel is going to create a 2009-2010 calendar staring YOUR Kazakh cutie. All you have to do is send her a high resolution photo of your child along with the month you want he/she featured in by November 15th.

The calendar will feature both Kazakh and American holidays and will be $20. The calendars will go on sale starting November 15th and will be shipped to you during the first two weeks of December, just in time for the holidays.

Half the proceeds from the calendar will go to our continued efforts to support Kazakhstan orphans.

Send photos by NOVEMBER 15th to murielcollison@hotmail.com.

What a terrific gift for family and friends!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thank you!

This week we thank the following families for their wonderful donations:

Mary Mcnab (MN), The Blackburn Family (AL), The Bilbro Family (TN), The Strieby Family (CA), The Hoffa Family (PA), Angie Frakes (WA), The Nunes Family (NJ), The Crump Family (MO), The Young Family (MO), Jennifer Popes (MO), Angie Twenter (MO), Karletta Griffin (MO), The Wood Family (TX), and Ann Sloan (SC)!

We are happy to report that four more donation boxes are being delivered to Kazakhstan. Thank you to The Cullinan Family for taking two boxes to Karakastek; The Dosetter Family for taking a box to Karaganda and The Beasley Family. We are grateful for your help in making the children in Kazakhstan live just a little bit easier.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Great news!

Today we received word that Two Hearts is now a 501 (c) 3 non profit agency! All monetary donations are tax deductible! We are so excited and pray this will increase our support of the children in Kazakhstan.

We also learned that each sponsored child will be taken to the toy store to purchase a toy for themselves! Imagine the looks of excitement these children will have when they learn they will be going to a toy store! Hardly do they get to leave the orphanage, their lives are the same day after day.

So far we have 31 sponsored orphans! Please consider sponsoring an orphan and making their lives a little happier this New Year!

Thank you to The DeSantis Family (RI), The Woods Family (CA) and The Elrod Family (IL) for your donations this week.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sponsor an orphan!

Believe it or not, the holiday season is fast approaching. This year, we are giving you the chance to truly make a difference in the life of an orphan in Kazakhstan. We have been blessed with the opportunity to provide each child at the Ulan Orphanage in Taraz with a special gift of their own for the New Year holiday.

There are 160 kids, ages 5-16, living at this children's home. Your $15 donation would sponsor 1 child and provide them with a great gift! Two Hearts will make sure that each child receives a gift! To save on shipping costs and time, all gifts will be purchased in Kazakhstan.

Any extra donations provided will go towards purchasing bicycles and roller blades for the children.

You can donate by using the paypal link on the left.

Deadline for supporting an orphan is December 1, 2008. We hope you will consider the children of Kazakhstan this holiday season! We can't find forever families for all the children but the very least we can do is make their holidays happy!

These are some of the children you will be helping (picture taken June 2008):



A special thank you to Hairy's Salon in Lebanon, MO for supporting our fundraiser and the Kudwa family for your donations this week.

Please don't forget October is blanket month!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And the winner is.....

The winner of the $100 snapfish gift certificate and four picture frames is:

Kathy Sykora of Connecticut!

Thank you to Kathy and all who supported this months raffle.  We will be taking the month of October off but look for our November raffle for a great chance to win an awesome gift just in time for the holidays.

Thank you to The Blackburn Family (AL), The Mathis Family (MO), and Angie Frakes (WA) for your donations this week!

Remember - October is blanket month.  Each orphan should have a blanket or two to snuggle up with at night.  Help us keep them warm this winter!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Giving back

A couple of weeks ago we sent a 40 lb box of donations with the Serra Family to Kostanai, Kazakhstan. Papa Serra was traveling back for court and graciously offered to bring along some donations. Here is part of what Susan had to say about giving back:

"The head nurse, accountant, the head teacher were present, along with us and Tatiana. Tatiana explained about what Two Hearts for Hope was, and how much we all love the children of Kazakhstan. They were SO excited! Stacy also sent us a check for $150 for formula and bottles. It was really wonderful to be able to present this to them. THANK YOU AGAIN KIM AND STACY! I am excited for this to be our family charity when we get home to keep raising money for these adorable children!"

Isn't it wonderful to see how your donations are helping the children?! If you would like to take along a donation box please contact us.

Please don't forget about our raffle.



Friday, September 12, 2008

Clothing month

September is clothing month! Thank you to The Reece Family (MO), The Segebarth Family (MO) and the Bari-Guida Family (NY) for their wonderful donations this week.

Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to snapfish. $100 can develop a lot of pictures of your beautiful family! See sidebar for purchasing details.

This weekend we are off to Washington D.C. for the Angels in Adoption celebration. We are thankful for this recognition and the opportunity to inform many others about the children of Kazakhstan. Our goal is to open hearts and gain support for these beautiful children.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The lucky winner....

The lucky winner of the beautiful handmade quilt is -

Kjersten Morrison of Maine

If you are interested in purchasing a quilt, please contact Ann Hochstetler (ann_hoch@yahoo.com) to place your order today.  Quilts will be $195 with shipping included.

Thank you to The Doan Family (MO) for their donation in honor of their deceased mother and father, The Long Family (MO), The Jeckel Family (IL), The Bilbro Family (TN) , and The Kudwa Family children for having a garage sale and raising over $200 to donate to the orphans. 

Our next raffle will be a $100 gift certificate to snapfish.com.  Please see the sidebar for more details!  

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Don't forget

Just a reminder that our August raffle will end on the 30th. Don't miss out on your chance to have this beautiful handmade quilt. It is such a great keepsake! Tickets can be purchased from the Paypal link on the left or sent directly to us.

Thanks to The Milton Family (MO), The Bell family (TN), Angie Frakes and The Premier Group (WA), and Virginia Eckman (PA) for their donations this week.

We would also like to thank The Marcacci Family (CA) for the beautiful hand knit hats and The DesHotels Family for organizing a toy drive at The First Baptist Church in Washington, OK.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thank you!

This month we are raising money to send to Kazakhstan for food and formula. Those of us who have been there know the desperate need facing the baby homes. They lack nutritious, sustaining food and often have barely enough for each child. Please help us fill up the children's hungry stomachs! You can find the donation link to the left.

Thank you to The Struck Family (FL), The Kudwa Family (MI), Angie Frakes (WA), and The Beasley Family (NC) for their generosity towards our goal this month.

We would also like to thank the following families for bringing a donation box with them on their upcoming trip to Kazakhstan: The Fiorentio Family, The Stuckmeyer Family and The Gruber Family. Children in Pavlodar, Karaganda, and Almaty City will be receiving much needed supplies in the upcoming months.

Finally, we would once again like to thank Southern Heights Community Church of Lebanon, MO for helping us raise over $1000 for the children and for the great new toys!



On a "greener" note - Here at Two Hearts we are constantly trying to do our part to stay green and help the environment. From now on when sending in a donation, please include your email address so we can send your thank you note via email rather then "snail mail." This will save the trees! Thanks for your cooperation.

Friday, August 1, 2008

August Raffle



Thank you to all for the great notes of congratulations on our big news! We are very excited to travel to DC and represent the children of Kazakhstan.

This month we will be raffling off this beautiful handmade quilt featuring aspects of the Kazakhstan flag. Thank you to Alice Hochstetler and Carolyn Borkholder for creating this amazing one of a kind quilt. This quilt makes a great gift or addition to a child's room or nursery.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased via the Paypal link to the left or by sending payment to:

Two Hearts for Hope
P.O. Box 1928
Lebanon, MO 65536

The raffle will run from August 1st - August 30th with the winner being announced on August 31st.

We hope you will consider buying a ticket and helping our continued efforts in Kazakhstan.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

BIG NEWS!

Wow! We are so overwhelmed with emotion right now!

Michelle Reed, a fellow Kaz mom and board member, nominated Two Hearts for the Angels in Adoption Award handed out by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). Each year, Members of Congress are given the opportunity to select individuals, families or organizations from their home state, who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of children in need of permanent, loving homes.

Each Congressperson chooses one individual or organization to honor. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has chosen to honor US because of our dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices.

We will be traveling to Washington DC in September to received our award on the White House lawn and to attend the tenth annual Angels in Adoption gala. This event boasts more Congressional participation than any child welfare event in the nation, with 193 members of Congress participating and more than 850 guests in attendance at the gala last year.

Along with the 2008 Angels in Adoption selected from all fifty states and the District of Columbia, National Angels in Adoption™ are awarded for their dedication to orphans and foster children on a broader, national scale. Some of the previous National Angels have included First Lady Laura Bush, Victoria Rowell, Muhammad Ali, Dave Thomas, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Bruce Willis.

Can you believe it? We are just blown away by this! Who would have thought in January when we started that we would be NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED just a few months later!

Thank you to Michelle for nominating us! Thank you to Senator McCaskill for honoring us with this wonderful award. Thank you for all your donations to make this possible! It is a great privilege to be helping the children in Kazakhstan.


Here is what our profile says:

"Two Hearts for Hope, Stacy Segebarth & Kimberly Prud’homme
Senator Claire McCaskill
Senator McCaskill is thrilled to select Two Hearts for Hope as her 2008 Angel in Adoption. Two Hearts for Hope was started in January 2008 by two women, Kim and Stacy, who traveled to Kazakhstan in 2007 to adopt their own children. Going through the adoption process from April to June 2007 made Kim and Stacy aware of the environment that these orphans reside in. Less than perfect conditions with not enough supplies plague these orphanages and make these children’s lives very hard. After seeing these conditions first-hand and how many children are still awaiting adoption in Kazakhstan, Kim and Stacy decided to create Two Hearts for Hope. The organization intends to make Kazak orphans lives better while they wait for a caring family to adopt them. Every month Two Hearts for Hope takes donations for items ranging from shoes and socks, to hygiene products, to toys. These donations are boxed up and carried to Kazakhstan by other families looking to adopt a child. While there, the boxes are dropped off to various orphanages for the children. The supplies enrich the lives of these orphans and help to add joy and hope to them as they wait to be adopted. Kim and Stacy started this organization all on their own and it has grown immensely to help make 1,000s of Kazak orphans lives better. Two Hearts for Hope continues to accept donations for Kazak orphans and is currently planning a trip to Kazakhstan to personally deliver these presents to the orphans. Stacy and Kim’s devotion and dedication for helping Kazak orphans makes them an excellent choice for Missouri’s Angel of Adoption."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

This week....

We want to thank The Willis Family (WA), The Keilin family (OH) and The Sykora Family (CT) for their donations.

We want to give a special recognition to Inga Bass for creating a new logo for us. She has donated her time to make it and we appreciate it so much! She has also volunteered to create a new web site when we are ready to go .com . Thank you Inga!!


We also want to say thank you to Southern Heights Christian Church of Lebanon MO for collecting money and toys for the children of Kazakhstan. This week they are having a Vacation Bible School and the mission of the week is Two Hearts for Hope!

Yesterday they brought in over 50 toys and everyday the children are learning about life in orphanages. They are asking lots of questions and we think they are starting to understand why it is important for us to take care of the children left behind. It is so exciting to see little minds learn the importance of orphan care and adoption!


Just a reminder that July is toy month!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mission: Kazakhstan

One of the ideas we have wanted to do since starting Two Hearts has been to put together a mission trip to Kazakhstan. We are in the very beginning stages of planning a trip to Kazakhstan for early spring or next fall. We have to wait for our 501 (c) 3 to come in before we can officially begin to purchase tickets and visas. We have been told our application can take anywhere from 2 months to a year and a half. Please pray it is sooner rather than later.

We do know that we will be traveling to the Karakastek orphanage outside of Almaty for about 10 days. Adults and children over 10 are welcome to come along.

If you are interested in joining us on our trip please email us. We are beginning by taking names of those interested and will keep you updated on all developments.

hopeforkazorphans@aol.com


Thank you this week to the following families for your donations: The Tennen Family (AZ), Mary McNab (MN), The Bilbro Family (TN), The Milton Family (MO) and The Hochstetler Family (IN).

Friday, July 18, 2008

And the winner is.....

Sara Tennen of Arizona!

Sara is the lucky winner of this months raffle.  Congratulations Sara and thank you for supporting Two Hearts!  We were able to collect over $300 for "Bikes and Beds" program in the Tschuchinsk region!

Check back next month for another great raffle!  

Thursday, July 17, 2008

One day left......

Only one day left to purchase your raffle tickets!

We are raffling a great bundle of prizes including a Vera Bradley travel organizer, bracelets and two gift certificates.

100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Tschuchinsk region.

Tickets are $5 each. The drawing is July 18th! I hope you will consider helping children in need.



Reminder - July is toy month!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thursday Thank you's

Thank you to the following families for their donations this week -

The Bilbro Family (TN), The Glidewell Family (MO), Angie Frakes (WA), The Amadeo Family (CT) and Lynn Piascyk (CT).

We would also like to thank Michelle Reed, the organizer of the Midwest Kazakh Gathering that we attended over the weekend. Thank you for allowing us to speak and share our story and desire to help the children of Kazakhstan. We were able to collect more donations and sell more cookbooks! It was a fun weekend and we are grateful for your support.

Don't forget that July is toy month.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

This week we want say Thank You to...


The children in Karakastek receiving their new things!

The Glidewell Family (MO), The Baker Family (MO), The Milton Family (MO), The Strieby Family (CA), The Dewitt Family (OH), The Marcacci Family (CA), and The Kudwa Family (MI). Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, you are all special angels in the lives of the children.

We want to especially recognize Cameron Dewitt (OH). He honored his Daddy's birthday by buying art supplies for the orphans of Kazakhstan! Thank you Cameron (Brent and Buffy)for being so thoughtful and thinking about the children left behind!

Today we (Kim and I) meet with Liz from Hadassah's Hope to see how their service trip was and to receive all of the pictures of the children receiving their "gifts"! Elizabeth did tell me that they are waiting on the orphanage director's to get back to them on how they want to spend the money we sent them. ($5000.00). I can't wait to see how it gets used. She said Taraz is wanting some dental equipment and Karakastek will let them know soon. What a blessing to be able to give the kids "a little bit of hope".


We want you all to know that we think that the most important thing for the children is to find them a loving home with a mommy and daddy to love them and hold them close. You have to be strong to adopt. When you go over there and look at these children and see that where there should be light there is dark. Where they should be laughing they are crying. Underfed and without proper medicine. Wearing the same clothes day after day. When you are outside playing and the toddlers are running up to you asking for hugs and calling you mom and dad all you can do is pray for strength not to cry. No child deserves this.


No child should be without a family to love them and take all their cares away. They are so young and already so burdened by life. We know that it is not possible for everyone to adopt a child or for all of the children to be adopted but we must listen as God whispers his plan and follow our hearts. Listen and act. Act and you can change lives forever.


Our "mission" is to help give hope to the children that are left behind but our main prayer and goal is that we show people how adoption can not only change the child's life but how it will forever change yours! We hope that our story reaches just one family and makes the difference for one more child! If we don't try to save the children, who will?? Enjoy this poem!

The Starfish Poem
Once upon a time there was a wise man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking
on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking along
the shore.
As he looked down the beach,
he saw a human
figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think
of someone who would
dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster
to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching
down to the shore,
picking up something
and very gently throwing it
into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely.
Then bent down, picked up another starfish
and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."

Remember TOGETHER we can make a difference!
July is TOY month, please try to get toys that are not battery operated. We know that once they get to Kazakhstan they will probably not replace battery's. Thank you all for making us who we are today!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

This is what we call a little bit of Hope....



This is in Taraz at the children's home for mostly special needs children. They received our shoes today and as you can see by the smiles on their faces, it was a fabulous day! If any of you gave shoes, you can now see the pay off of the time you spent on picking them out and getting them to us! Thank you all for making these children smile! They will be going to Karakastek (Almaty region) on Friday to give out shoes there too! 

It is so wonderful to see the children that are benefiting from your generosity! These are the days that make it all worth it! These are the days we know why we were called to Kazakhstan to find our precious children, not only to bring them home to be with us, but to help the children that were left behind to have hope for a brighter future!

We are so blessed to have people that believe in Two Hearts, people that trust us and people that are willing to take time out of their busy schedules and money out of their own pockets to support us, thank you all!

Thank you this week to The Marcacci Family (CA), The Bell Family (TN), The DeSantis Family (RI), The Dean Family (CT), The Woods Family (CA), The Kucinskas Family (CT) and Nancy's Place (MO).

Also thank you to The Ruopoli Family (SC) going to Aktobe, The Carr Family (TX) going to Almaty City BH#2 and The Abdurakhmanov Family (NY) going to Almaty City CH for volunteering to take a box of donations to Kazakhstan on their upcoming trips!

With God all things are possible!!!!

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets to help the orphans of Tschuchinsk get bikes and beds and June is Art, Craft and school supplies month!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Another great raffle!


This month we will be raffling off a "Thinking of Mom" bundle which includes:

~ 1 Very Bradley travel organizer
~ 2 handmade "Mom" bracelets
~ 2 $25 gift certificates to Burp Itty Burp (personalized apparel for babies and toddlers)
~ 1 $25 gift certificate to Holly G Bow (handmade bows)

100% of the proceeds from this raffle will go to Journey Home Adoptions "Bikes and Bed's" program. The "Bikes and Bed's" program raises money for the orphans in the Tschuchinsk orphanage. Every child deserves a warm bed and time to enjoy the outdoors as they wait for their forever family.

Purchase your tickets using the Paypal link on our sidebar. Tickets are $5 and the drawing will be July 18th.

Thank you this week to the following families: The Bilbro Family (TN), The DeSantis Family (RI), The Falk Family (IN), Matt Hill (CT), The Hochstetler Family (IN), Sandra Perkins (MO), The Schrader Family (WI). We are continuously thankful your donations.

Remember - if you don't have enough time to go shopping let us do it for you. Mail a check to us and we will be happy to shop for the donation of the month. You can also shop online and have the donation sent right to our door! What a great way to save on shipping!

June is art supply month!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

And the winner is........ ***Updated***

KAREN FLOYD

We are so excited to announce the first winner of our raffle of the month. Stay tuned for the next raffle that will begin on June 18. We have some AWESOME raffle items!

We also want to to let everybody know that Two Hearts has been accepted into a program called The Sports gift network. It is a group of charities and other organizations providing a gift of sports to impoverished children around the globe. To read more about this program please visit http://www.sportsgift.org/ . We are now a part of their network and hope that many people choose our organization to donate to.

This week we want to Thank:

The Blackburn Family (AL), The Kudwa Family (MI), The Strieby Family (CA), Nancy Birnbaum (VA), Angie Frakes (WA), The Calton Family (MO), Nancy's Place (MO) and The Tucker Family (MO).

Don't forget if you are traveling soon or know somebody that is traveling soon, please refer them our way. We would LOVE to ship them a box (free of charge) with lots of wonderful things for the orphans. We pay for all of the shipping, we just need your word that it will make it to some baby or children's home in Kazakhstan. Yes we know it sounds to good to be true, but it is not!! We have a lot of great things in inventory now so please contact us at hope4kazorphans@aol.com .

June is Art/coloring/school supplies!!

We wanted to let everyone know that we sent a check to Hadassah's Hope for the amount of $5000.00 dollars from the cookbook sales. They are leaving on their service trip next week and are taking the money to split between Taraz and Karakastek. They will ask the baby and children's home director's what they specifically need and will purchase the items in country. They are also taking 10 boxes of items that we have donated. We are so excited to see the little ones faces receive all of their donations!!!!!

If you want to follow along on their journey they have a blog that they will be updating from Kazakhstan. www.fromorphanstoesthers.blogspot.com

Thank you ALL again for your support, this would not be possible without you!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Do you want to help earn money for Two Hearts for Hope???

What if Two Hearts for Hope earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause.

Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter Two Hearts for Hope (Lebanon, MO) as the charity you want to support. And, be sure to spread the word!


This is an easy way to help our organization through a new Yahoo!-powered search engine and online shopping mall.

The more people who use this site, the more money will go to the children in need. So please spread the word to your friends and family.

Here's the web site — http://www.goodsearch.com. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Thank you again for your support!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

One week left to purchase you raffle tickets!!

We are happy to say that 2 different families, The Sipes Family and The Pike Family,are taking Two Hearts donation boxes to Shymkent in the next few weeks. We are pleased that we will get to serve more orphanages this way and the kids all over Kazakhstan will get to benefit from the donations we have received from very generous people!!!! Do you want to be the next family?? Contact us today hope4kazorphans@aol.com .

Remember only 1 week left to purchase your raffle tickets. Help the children left behind in Kaz by purchasing a $5 ticket for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops. How fantastic is that. $5 could win that special dad in your life $100 to Bass Pro Shops. Imagine how far one ticket will go, $5 means the world to an orphan. Click here for your chance to win!! Don’t forget that June is Art and school supplies month. Imagine the fun the children can have!!!!!


Thank you this week to The Woods Family (CA), The Cohen Family (CT) and a special Thank you to the Aurora Co-op Preschool (OH) for collecting a 40 pound box of hygiene products for the children to enjoy!! Thank you Cyndi for setting up the donation drive!!!

Final Donation count for May:
Dresses~4
Outfits~11
Sleepers/Pj’s~77
Blankets~1
Sweaters~11
Slippers~2
Hats~175
Socks~3
Coats~53
Onesies~17
Cloth Diapers (kissaluvs)~100
Snowsuits~2
Shirts~15
Shoes~6
Gloves~36
Earmuffs~1
Toys~7
Hygiene products~ Many Items~ These are the things we have received so far:
Conditioners
Shampoos
Pacifiers
Toothbrushes/Pastes
Lotions
Kleenex wipes
Diaper rash cream
Bandaids
Combs/Brushes
Baby washes
Disposable cloths
Wash Cloths
Q-tips

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Great new ideas!

We had our first Board of Directors meeting last night and here are two great new ideas we came up with:


Raffle of the month:

We have decided to start a "Raffle of the month" to raise money for our continued efforts to help the orphans in Kazakhstan. Each month we will pick a fun item and raffle it right here. We had dad in mind for our first item and will be raffling off a $100 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops ( if you don't have a Bass Pro near you, they can use the gift card online at basspro.com). Father's Day will be here before you know it! What a perfect way to say "I love you dad" while helping the children of Kazakshtan.

To purchase a raffle ticket use the Paypal link on our sidebar to the left. Tickets will be $5 for 1 entry and you have until June 9th to purchase. There is no limit to the amount of tickets you can purchase. The drawing will be held on June 10th and we will overnight the gift certificate. Once we receive your donation we will send you a confirmation.

Are you traveling to Kazakhstan soon?

Would you like to take a box of donations with you? Two Hearts would like to supply you with a box of new and gently used items to donate to your child's baby home. As you get closer to traveling you will be in whirlwind as you try to pack everything you need. Let us relieve some of your burden so you have one less thing to think about. Please let us know if you would like a box and we will fill it with great items for the children left behind. What a great way to save on adoption costs!

Thank you:

A very special thank you to Lisa Marcacci and her church family in California for the beautiful hand knit hats. We received 116 of these gorgeous hats in the mail last week and we are so excited for the children. What a great blessing these hats will be to them.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Two Hearts Board of Directors

We are excited to introduce to you our Board of Directors. Please follow this link and read all about them. We are blessed to be working alongside these ladies and look forward to all the new ideas that will benefit the children of Kazakhstan.


Thank you this week to the following families: Serra Family (FL), Crump Family (MO), Nancy's Place (MO), Stevens Family (MO), Schultz Family (TX), Milton Family (MO), Glidewell Family (MO), DesHotels Family (OK).

So far this month we have collected:
Dresses~4
Outfits~8
Sleepers/Pj’s~45
Blankets~1
Sweaters~2
Slippers~2
Hats~56
Socks~3
Coats~53
Onesies~13
Cloth Diapers (kissaluvs)~100
Snowsuits~2
Shirts~4
Shoes~6
Gloves~36
Earmuffs~1
Toys~7

We have received many of the following hygiene products:
Shampoo and Conditioner
Pacifiers
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Lotion, diaper rash cream, baby wash
Kleenex wipes and q-tips
Bandaids
Combs/Brushes
Disposable cloths
Washcloths

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Thank you this week to...

The Quast Family (WA), The Cohen Family (CT), The Blackburn Family (AL), The Frakes Family (WA), The Willis Family (MO), and a big Thank you to the Hochstetler Family (IN) for the 100 Kissaluvs cloth diapers (they are awesome) and to the Kudwa Family and church family (MI) for the 6 HUGE boxes of coats and other items!! Again we are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and help for the children. We get tears in our eyes when we open every box thinking of the excitement these children will have. Because of all of you , the children will be blessed with things to call their own. So far, they will be able to play outside this winter when it is cold, sleep in warm sleepers and pajamas and wear new shoes and socks that fit their feet. How Awesome is that. We are hoping to someday deliver the stuff ourselves!!

We hope people are starting to receive your cookbooks and we are excited to see your responses. We hope everyone loves them!!

We had a fundraising garage sale this weekend and made over $400 and sold 7 cookbooks!

We are in the process of sorting and putting everything in inventory and we will get you a count on everything tomorrow.

Thank you all again and don't forget Hygiene products in May.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Second Shipment DELIVERED and hygiene month for May

Our second shipment of donations was delivered to Haddassah's Hope on Monday. We are so excited about how many people are continuing to be involved and help collect donations for the children of Kaz!
May is a very important month for the children. It is all about their basic needs.
Here are some suggestions on hygiene products (they are not limited to this and if you have any more ideas, leave us a comment or email us):

Wash cloths
Shampoo
Soap
Baby wash
Lotion
Diaper rash cream
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Dental Floss
Feminine hygiene
Deodorant
Hair brush/comb
Q-tips
Pacifiers

Thank you to everyone that continues to support us!!!
Cookbooks are here, don't forget to purchase yours!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Thank You and Board of Directors



Thank you to The Elrod Family (IL), Nancy's Place (MO), The Stevens Family (MO), The McNab Family (MN), The Sarduy Family (FL) and a family in Franklin, MA. We are sending out another shipment today. We have as many boxes as we did last time and we are so excited for the kids in Kaz to receive their stuff. Just picture their faces! We wish we could send them all a family but unfortunately that is not possible, so we will send them some hope and love in a box of things to call their own!

Our cookbooks are in! We received half of our order today and the other half will be here early next week. As soon as we have the complete order we will begin to ship your books! Here's a sneak peak:



Also this week we have elected a Board of Directors. We have five women that have accepted and are waiting on one woman to respond. If everybody accepts we will have 8 people on our Board including Kim and I. We will announce their names and also have a link to read all about them. Thank you ladies for accepting these responsibilities. We look forward to working closely with you all to make Two Hearts for Hope the best it can be! Our first meeting will have lots on the agenda!

This is what we have collected in April so far:
Coats~20
Sleepers/pajamas~246
Slippers~7
Shirts~33
Dresses~2
Onesies~47
Mittens/gloves~14
Scarves~8
Hats~14
Shorts~4
Pants~15
Shoes~3
Socks~3
Snowsuit~2
Outfits~8
Toys~23
Art Supplies

Don't forget to purchase your cookbook if you haven't already done so. Also we are now accepting monetary donations if you would rather us shop for you just let us know and we will. Quarter tubes are here so email us if you would like some!!

Remember Coats for April and Hygiene products in May!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Thank you this week to...

The Keogh Family (Canada), The Woods Family (CA), The Baker Family (MO), The Lane Family (CT), The Segebarth Family (MO) and a special thank you to Nancy's Place (MO). Nancy's Place is a consignment clothing shop here in Lebanon that sells gently used and new children's items. They keep stuff for 2 months and then they donate everything that doesn't sell to a local charity. I visited with them last week and they said that we could come every Monday to pick out what we want before she donates the items. Thank you Shirlene.

We did our first presentation on Two Hearts this morning at church. Thank you to everybody at Southern Heights Christian Church (Lebanon, MO) for getting involved. We gave out about 25 quarter tubes and several people took a donation of the month list!

"One church, one family, one person can make a difference!"

Remember coats for April!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Would you go the quarter mile for an orphan?

Hadassah’s Hope has started the Quarter Mile program to help offset the costs of adoption as well as bless the children in Kazakhstan.

Did you know that if you took a quarter and stacked it end to end for a mile it would be over $16,000? That would be an amazing way to offset the cost of 10 international adoptions along with supporting the orphans.

We are asking that you join us in partnering with them to fill at least 1 tube. Pass the word along to your family, friends, churches or businesses.

We will send you a tube to fill with quarters. This will equal about $15. Think of the difference you could make if you just looked under your sofa or in your car for quarters!


For more information and to get your tube(s) please email us at hope4kazorphans@aol.com . If you ordered a cookbook already and want a quarter tube, please let us know we and will ship them together to save on extra shipping costs.

Thank you this week to The Rauch Family (CT), The Montoro Family (CT), The Woods Family (CA), The Cohen Family (CT), and The Bilbro Family (TN).

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Weekly Thank you and April donations

Only 11 days left to pre-order your cookbook. This will save you $2.00 per book for shipping so make sure you purchase them now. We are so excited for you to finally see them. We have sold over 175 books so far and they haven't even printed yet. It is very exciting to see the response already!!

This week we have received donations from The Reinhoehl Family (IL), The Kudwa Family and church (MI), The Frake Family and Premier Agendas (WA), The Gladu Family (MA), The Blackburn Family (AL), The Bilbro Family (TN), The Bell Family (TN) and The Bukva Family (VA). Thank you to everybody this week!! We are always amazed at the outpouring of love from everyone.

We wanted to share this email from Hadassah's Hope:

Hey Kim and Stacy,
"Thought I would update you on the progress of the entire donation you sent. I finished sorting all the boxes and re-boxing them, and there are 11 boxes of items. The boxes are 62” if you add length width and height. (Which makes them ready to go on the airplane) Thank you, thank you, and thank you for all your help. Everything was great! I made some boxes that would be for winter, so we will send them in September, just in time for winter. Everything was wonderful, and everyone kept coming in the warehouse and saying what great stuff was donated and how much brand new stuff was there. Thank you for all your hard work and Thank you to everyone that was involved!"
Leaving his legacy,
Elizabeth

Wow 11 boxes in one month and I think we have about that much to send out again already. We don't know quiet how to Thank all of you for helping us make a difference. We could not do this without you!!!!!

Check this out, This is what we have received in just 8 days!!

Coats~7
Sleepers~183
Slippers~6
Shirts~4
Dresses~2
Onesies~25
Mittens/gloves~9
Scarves~8
Hats~5
Shorts~1

Remember April is coat month

We are working on a special project for Christmas for the orphans, once we get all of the things worked out we will let you know! Be looking for details!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Final March donation count!

Following is the final March donation count:

Underwear~22
Sleepers/Pajamas~198
Shoes~32
Socks~121
Tights~17
Gowns~6
Onesies~76
Shirts~22
Blankets~10
Hats~8
Slippers~1
Pants~25
Outfits~8
Outerwear~18
Shorts~12
Skirts~2
Toys~10
2~Baby shampoo
2~Toothbrushes
4~Toothpaste

All we can say is WOW! What a month we have had.

Remember April is coat month. It is the perfect time to buy coats on sale!! Coats are very important to the children in Kazakhstan because the winters are very cold and if they don't have proper outwear the orphanages will not let them go outside. Please consider donating today!
Remember the donations of the month are only an outline for the children's basic needs. If you want to donate something that is in another month or not on the list please feel free to do so.

Thank you to the Stevens Family(MO) for their donation yesterday. What a great way to end the month!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Thank you this week to...(Updated)

The DeSantis Family(RI), The Moore Family(MS), The Hochstetler Family(IN), The Vernon Family(MO), The Serra Family(FL) and an apology to The Mcnab Family(MN), she should have been on the list 2 weeks ago! Thank you Everybody!! We also want to thank Michelle (KS) for setting up a donation drive for us at the Midwest Kazakh gathering. We are calling it Christmas in July and will be accepting donations for anything on our yearly donations list. What a blessing to have such great support.

We also wanted to let everybody know that we have sold 140 cookbooks already, and they aren't even printed yet!! Thank you for helping us make a difference!!

This just in - Cyndi Keilin of Ohio has informed us that her preschool is going to organize a donation drive for the month of May! I was blown away when I read the email! How incredibly blessed we are to have such caring people helping these beautiful children in Kazakhstan. Thank you Cyndi!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

First shipment DELIVERED!




We just wanted to let everybody know that your first shipment of donations has made it to Hadassah's Hope. Liz was so excited yesterday and could not believe the amount of stuff we had collected. She was very grateful and very excited about being able to deliver everything to Kazakhstan personally!! They will be delivering it all in June. She said that she would take a video and pictures of the children receiving their things. She also said that these things would not be community property, the children will actually have something to call their own. They have a coordinator in country that finds out the number if children and their ages/shoe sizes so they can bring the correct sizes to the baby and children's homes. She also said that they will give them extra shoes for the new children that will come to the homes. This is all because of you guys. We could not be what we are without all of your support! Can you imagine the smiles that we will get to see. She also encouraged us to come on a mission trip with them. She said that if you have never experienced the baby homes while not adopting, you need to. It is totally different on the other side of the coin. They actually let you love on the kids and sleep at the baby homes. (not sure about that)You are a welcomed guest when you are there to help. If anyone is interested in the mission trip that they are taking this year email us and we will get you the info. We are going on the next trip for sure!!!

We also wanted to say Thanks to everyone that has bought a cookbook and sent in their sleepers! It is a huge blessing to be able to help the children in Kazakhstan that are waiting for their forever families!! We have sold over 100 cookbooks and have received numerous sleepers and pj's along with many other things! If you haven't pre-ordered your cookbook please do so. It turned out beautifully. For those of you that think it is Kazakh food, it is not. They don't sell enough Horse meat in America to make Kazakh dishes. :-) just kidding. It is a cookbook that was made with love from families who have Kazakh children or that are in the process to adopt a child from Kazakhstan. There were over 70 families that participated. It has over 200 pages and 298 recipes. ALL of the money collected from the sale of the cookbooks will go directly to the orphans of Kazakhstan. We had a very generous person pay for the cost of the books. We will have a vote for everybody that buys one on where they want there money spent. (i.e-playground, new cribs/beds, toys, etc).
Please consider purchasing a cookbook or sending in some donations of the month. We have set up a different donation for every month, all important to the well-being of the children. Please be sure to look at the list on the left hand side of this page. Thank you again and remember together we can make a difference!! Email us at hope4kazorphans@aol.com you have any questions!

List of March Donations:
Underwear~17
Sleepers/Pajamas~164
Shoes~31
Socks~121
Tights~13
Gowns~6
Onesies~76
T-shirts~13
Blankets~10
Hats~8
Slippers~1
Pants~18
Outfits~6
Outerwear~16
Shorts~10
Toys~2
1~Cold care kit
2~Headbands

Thank you this week to Kim(California) and Ann(Indiana)!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pre-orders

We finally have the Paypal link set up for pre-orders. We will accept pre-orders through April 19, 2008. Our cookbook is scheduled to print on April 24.

With the recent rumor/announcement that Kazakhstan has suspended adoptions for dossiers not submitted yet, children will now have to wait longer for their forever families. We hope you will consider purchasing a cookbook to help make their wait just a little bit more comfortable.

We are also accepting check, cash or money order made out to Two Hearts For Hope and sent to our address (located on the left).

Cookbooks are perfect for everything from Mother's Day to saying "Thank You" for helping with your adoption!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Proof Positive

We received the proof of our cookbook! Everything looks great (except that they spelled my (Kim) name wrong!). It was so exciting to see all of our hard work actually put together.

We are now waiting for our Paypal account to be set up, which should be done Wednesday, then we will start taking pre-orders.

"Over 200 pages complete with 298 recipes, pictures, poems, and information on Kazakhstan, this cookbook will be a great addition to any kitchen. This cookbook truly is a keepsake to be handed down to your children and grandchildren. Please consider visiting our website and placing orders for family members and friends. By celebrating the beautiful children of Kazakhstan we hope to make a difference in the lives of those children still waiting for their forever family."

Cookbooks will cost $15 and $2 for shipping. If you pre-order by April 15th, we will waive the shipping cost.

We would like to thank The Bell Family (TN), The Bilbro Family (TN), The Baker Family (MO), and The Jay Family (MO) for their donations this week.

The mid-month donation count:
Sleeper/pajamas~97
Shoes~30
Socks~121
Underwear~17
Tights~3
Gowns~6
Onesies~72
T-shirts~13
Blankets~10
Hats~7
Slippers~1
Pants~6
1~Cold care kit
2~Headbands

Keep them coming, Picture the smiles!!

Friday, March 7, 2008

A Sneak Peek

Yesterday I received a phone call from the publishing company asking to send a proof of our cookbook cover to us. I was so excited, she faxed it right away and there were no mistakes. Here is the cover (It will be in color):



We should have the actual cookbook proof in 2-3 weeks!

Thank you to the following people and their families for the donations this week: Kristan (Florida), Teresa (Alabama), Angie (Washington), Erin (Missouri) and Jessica (Georgia).


"You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out
are the moments when you have done things for others." - Henry Drummond

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

February donation final count!


Ready to be shipped!!


We just wanted to update you on the February donation final count.
Shoes~300
Socks~429
Sleepers/Pajamas~73
Slippers~19
Snowsuits~5
Hats~15
Tights~12
Coats~14
Clothes~ A 95 qt. and a 64 qt. plastic container full. It is to hard to break it down piece by piece on clothing.
We want everybody to know that you are making a difference even if you feel like you just have a few things to give. We got a letter this week that said "This is a great way for individuals to come together and as a whole make a difference!". That statement is so right, look at what a difference we have already made in just one month!

We will start taking cookbook pre-orders on March 15th. They can be purchased for $15 plus $2 for shipping. The shipping will be waived if you pre-order!! So count up how many you want and be ready to order.

We want to take this time to thank everybody that sent in donations this month! You are all angels in the eyes of these children!! Remember March is Sleeper/Pajama month!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Newsletter


This week we have been working on the first edition of our newsletter. If you would like a copy via snail mail or email please email us or leave a comment with your address.

We have your address if you sent a donation and will be sending you one.

Thanks!

hope4kazorphans@aol.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cookbook submitted

Yesterday I sent the cookbook order form and all the text we want included to the publisher via Fed Ex. At the box I gave the envelope a little pat and wished it safe travels to Nebraska. We had to type all the recipes into this online software program and submit that too. That took a long time, especially proofing it, but last night I hit "submit" so there is no turning back! Not sure when we will get the proof back. The company says it takes 35-40 working days to complete the order, so maybe 28-30 days? Who knows! We are super excited to see the finished product.

This week we would like to say thank you to Michelle (Illinois), Mary (Minnesota), The Bennett Family (Virginia), Catalina (New York), Beth (Connecticut) and The Sale Family (Ohio) for their great donations. As of today we have; 288 pairs of shoes, 408 pairs of socks, 19 pairs of slippers, 68 sleepers/pajamas, 5 snowsuits, 9 coats, 10 tights and 13 hats!

We are continuously moved by your outpouring of love!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gracious gifts



We just wanted to give everybody an update on the donations. We have now receieved 194 pairs of shoes and we don't even know how many pairs of socks. Before we ship them we will get you the exact total. This week we received boxes from Gretchen (Tennessee), Susan (Florida) and Greta (Florida). Also, we have already received 39 packages of sleepers and pajamas for next month's donation. The outpouring of love is unbelievable. We thank you all so much for helping to change the lives of these children!

Another blessing we received this week is that someone has graciously offered to donate the money that it costs for us to print the cookbooks. So now you know that 100% of the money we raise will go to the orphans of Kazakhstan. Wow, God is so good!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Overwhelmed with your generosity~ UPDATED 2/17


We don't even know what to say or how to thank everybody for their kindness and generosity. This week we have collected over 175 pairs of shoes. We now have 185 pairs of shoes waiting to go to Kazakhstan. Stacy's bestfriend's mom, Marcia, owns a shoe store and donated 109 pairs of tennis shoes. We also got boxes from Julie (Ohio), Ann (Indiana), Jessica (Georgia) and Kim (California). We are so completely overwhlemed. There is just no way to thank everybody for their kindness. As we sorted through everything, I just kept picturing the kids faces as they open a box with a new pair of shoes in it. We were talking about how we remembered as children being soooo excited to get a new pair of shoes and we got them often. Can you imagine how it will feel to get a new pair of shoes, especially if they have never received a new pair? We have also already started to get sleepers and pajamas for next months donation! Thank you Julie for the onesies and hats, they will definitely come in handy since they have 15 layers on in the baby home. Ann you are too much, thank you for sending all of the diapers and clothes! Stacy found pajamas on sale at Old Navy yesterday and bought them for next months boxes.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everybody and let you know that we are grateful for your support. We started this ministry so that we could not only take care of the children that will soon find their forever families but those children that will never get a chance to be adopted. We know that each one of these children were a part of God's Perfect plan and precious creation and we intend on making their lives a little better. Together, we can make a difference!!!!!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!

Update~People have asked if it is too late to send shoes or when was the cut off for sending shoes. We wanted to tell everyone that it is never too late and we will take any donation whenever you want to send them. We set up a different monthly donation because we thought it would easier for people to focus on one thing at a time. We will ship our stuff the first week of every month. So February's donation will go out the first week in March, etc. If you miss the shipment we will send your donations in the next months shipment. Also, don't forget to look at the months ahead when you are out gathering donations, I noticed today that the winter pajamas and coats went on clearance. :-)

March~pj's and sleepers, April~coats, May~hygiene products

Friday, February 15, 2008

Deadline Up



Thank you to all who submitted recipes. Yesterday was the last day to submit and we received about 300! We are now proofing the cookbook and should send it in to the publisher sometime next week. We will let everyone know as soon as it is complete.

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Big Day!!


We are so excited to report that we received our first pair of shoes and a package of socks today! We are overwhelmed with excitement and can't say thank you enough for supporting our mission to bring smiles to the orphaned children of Kazakhstan. The shoes came all the way from Trophy Club, TX!  Thank you again for taking the time to make a difference!



We are also very excited to report we have reached 206 recipes. We have recipes from California to Connecticut and Canada to Spain! Keep them coming, one more week to go!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Donation of the month!!





I know we are all focusing on the cookbook efforts but let's not forget about the donation of the month!! The donation for this month are shoes and socks. If you take a look above, these are actual pictures of children's feet at the Karakastek baby home (which houses children up to age 7). Slippers and sandals with their toes hanging over, how sad is that! Doesn't every child deserve a new pair of shoes, just one time in their life??? Please consider donating even just one pair. Imagine the smile on that child's face when they get handed a new pair of shoes or socks!! Our shipping address is:

Two Hearts for Hope

P.O. Box 1928, Lebanon

MO 65536.

If you need a physical address please email us!! Thank you in advance!!!

And don't forget we only have 10 days left for recipes.......

RECIPES, RECIPES, RECIPES

hope4kazorphans@aol.com

Giveaway




ATTENTION KAZ FAMILIES -

The first 10 families to send in FIVE family recipes AND refer a friend to send in recipes too will receive a FREE copy of the cookbook upon publication.

Rules:

- The recipes DO NOT have to be Kazakh
- The friend DOES have to be a KAZ family
- Recipes and friends recipes must be submitted by FRIDAY, 2/8/08

We hope you will all participate!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Keep 'em coming


We have 70 recipes as of today. Help us reach our goal of 200!

Remember if you only have ONE recipe it will help! Think of all the good you will do if you take just ONE minute of your day to send in a recipe.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Help spread the word!

We have a new blog button courtesy of Rebecca.

Would you like one for your blog to help get the word out?

Let us know by emailing or commenting.  We would love your support!


Two Hearts For Hope