Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Miracle

If you're a member of the Ds community, you are probably aware of this story. For those who are not, let me have the joy of sharing this amazing family with you.

Eight days ago, while her father was on a mission trip to Africa, eleven year old Lydia had a conversation with her mother. She had learned of a little girl named Darya in a foreign land, living in an orphanage and who happens to have Down syndrome. She was told by others who had been to her orphanage that this little girl was never spoken to, never held.

Lydia is one sibling in a family of 5 kids; 2 siblings are adopted, 2 have Ds (one biological 1 adopted). Lydia asked her mom if she would adopt Darya if she (at 11 years old) were able to raise the funds necessary for this international adoption, a whopping $20,000, before Thanksgiving. Her mom agreed. After all, $20,000 is a lot of money for an eleven year old to raise and she only had 8 days to raise it. That's right. I said 8 days.

With donations from 300 individuals, Lydia has raised $26,550 in 8 days, which means that not only will Darya be coming home, but every penny over the $20,000 goal will be going to another family, also adopting a child internationally, who happens to have Ds, through the amazing Reece's Rainbow organization.

Do you believe in miracles? I know I do. Read more about their story and watch them on the news HERE.

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