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.
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!
(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.)
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.
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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!
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 - firstname.lastname@example.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.