I decided I would only participate if I could have Lene as my child. By the time I got around to signing up, Lene was no longer available. So, I picked Kimberley. She's about the same age and in the same country. I didn't feel as passionately about her but I had already come up with some good ideas for fundraising so I decided to try it.
While working to raise funds and awareness for her, I have now fallen in love with her. I want nothing more than for her to find a family and to grow and thrive the way Sara has. My students also worked hard to raise money for her. At least one of them asks me almost daily if she has found her family yet. (Someone is going to have to adopt her before they drive me crazy or their little hearts break!)
How could I not be in love with her?
With the help of a lot of different people, I was able to raise $2,084.43 for Kimberley during the months of November and December!!! That's insane. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get all the way to the $1,000 goal but my friends, family, and students came through in a big way.
Please don't check my math. It won't be perfect but here are the fundraisers I had and the approximate amounts they raised:
*Scarves and Skirts for Sara raised almost $300 for Kimberley. Because she was over her goal, I was able to give some of the money to other children and families.
*I had a Cards for a Cause fundraiser through Usborne Books that raised over $200.
*The students in my program raised over $1,300 in a coin drive competition.
*The auction for Kimberley raised over $400. Because she was over her AT goal at that point, some of her money was donated to Lene and Chance.
*I hosted a Paparazzi Jewelry party with my friend Emily. We were each able to raise $50 for our girls from the actual party and about $20 went to her girl Lanie from the online party.
*The rest of the money came from online donations and ornament purchases.
I love the idea of giving back at Christmas time instead of just focusing on shopping and parties and food. I'm glad I chose to participate and am once again blessed by the generosity of those around me.
Now, who wants a to adopt this darling little girl? Don't you all want a "Sara" of your very own?