Tuesday, December 30, 2008


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