Grace and a giveaway

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Some years ago there was a lovely little girl named Grace who lived in Romania. Grace was an orphan there, along with her two little sisters. The three girls had the good fortune to be adopted by two of the most amazing people ever, Teresa and Bill, who live in Maine. It’s important to know that they were three of the last orphans to leave Romania before the moratorium on outside adoptions began.

A year and a half ago, Grace died in a terrible accident. Out of the pain and sorrow of this tragedy grew a little thing called hope. The Foundation for Hope and Grace was created, with a mission is to advocate for orphans around the world. While Grace watches over them, Bill and Teresa are creating hope for orphans around the world.

(If you would like more information about the Foundation you should read Bill’s blog Life with Grace, or email him at billteresalegere at gmail dot com if you have any questions. The Foundation’s website is coming soon.)

So, you can probably tell that this organization is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve been friends with Teresa since we were preschoolers, and Bill since Teresa first met him in high school. I love these people like I love my own family. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do to help their cause for awhile and and since it’s Christmas I think it’s time.

So here’s the deal, I’m going to give one of you a little gift if you give a little something to the Foundation for Hope and Grace. I have a very pretty, very blue, soft, and cozy scarf that I just made to give away to one of you.

All you have to do to enter is give a dollar. Or two. Or twenty. However many dollars you donate (tax deductible!) is how many entries you get in the giveaway. (Okay, it’s more like a raffle, but anyway.)

Brrrr, it’s cold outside and you know you want this scarf.

Here’s how you can enter to win it. Go to their blog and look in the sidebar, you’ll have to scroll a bit, and you will find a paypal donation button. Click it, send whatever you want, and come back here and leave me a comment that you did. I will get confirmation from Teresa who paid what so I know how many entries you will get.

Important! Please make sure you use the same email address in your comment form (where no one can see it but me) as you use in paypal so I can match up addresses.

The contest is open until midnight on 12/31/2009 and the winner will be announced within a few days after. (U.S. residents only please.)

Go on, I’ll wait here for you to come back and comment. And if you’ve made it this far you should know I’m probably going to make a matching hat to send along with it. xoxo


4 Responses to “Grace and a giveaway”

  1. Caro on December 29th, 2009 10:45 pm

    Every time I think of Grace, it brings tears to my eye and an ache to my heart. “There, but for the grace of God, go I….” This is a beautiful testimonial to your friend and her baby girl, and it says so much about you too. You are a beautiful soul, and I thank you for the reminder of what it really means to give…. Love you, Carolyn

  2. Caro on December 29th, 2009 10:49 pm

    Oh, and the scarf will be mine, all mine!!!! 🙂

  3. jcorn on December 30th, 2009 11:37 pm

    I’m shivering as I read this, convinced that I was meant to see it. We, too, were one of those families who adopted a child from Romania just before the moratorium began. He was 5 then, is 18 now. I’m going to go check out the website and am terribly saddened to learn that Grace died but want to do something positive and will check out the Foundation. Thanks for having this blog. Glad I saw it tonight!

  4. jcorn on December 30th, 2009 11:42 pm

    I’ve donated. I plan to donate more later when I get some writing payments. We’ve budgeted our money for the payments received but glad I was able to send something to the Foundation. I hope it does some good 🙂

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