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."

4 comments:

Alaina said...

Congratulations!!! I am so thrilled for you and it is well-deserved!!!

Jenny said...

Wow, what a fantastic reward! I am so excited to see it going to a local charity. You all are so deserving of this reward. Congratulations!

Dawn Traub said...

Stacey & Kim, congratulations! This is so great that you have been honored for all of the hard work you put in to this cause.

If you (or others) will be traveling to DC, I would like to offer a place to stay in our home. We have a guest room and also a sleeper sofa available. Hotels in DC can be very expensive, and if there is any way that I can help support your trip, I would like to. If you fly in to Reagan National there is easy access to the Metro system which would come almost to our house in Maryland. Or you may need to rent a car if you feel you need your own transportation. But, I'm sure we could work out the details and make your trip to our nations' Capitol enjoyble.

Dawn
dawn_traub@yahoo.com

Rebecca said...

Kim & Stacy!! INCREDIBLE! I am thrilled to pieces for you. And by the way... I am going to post about the Cooking for Kaz cookbook, do you still have copies for sale? I LOVE MINE. Every time I make a recipe, my husband and kids go, "This is awesome! You must have made it from the Kaz cookbook." :)

Rebecca