Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Puzzle Fundraiser - because we're cool

We're almost done telling our New Story, but I think by now you've figured out that we're adopting from Ethiopia!  YAY!! You should still read tomorrow's post, because it's going to be gooooood.  I'm breaking in with a spoiler here, though because we found out that our first payment is due in two weeks! Eeek!  We thought we had a bit more time, but turns out we don't have as much time as we thought, so we need to get started on our fundraisers!

Our first fundraiser is an idea we stole from several adoption blogs and a book we read called Adopt Without Debt.  As you should have guessed by the title of this post, our first fundraiser is a puzzle fundraiser!  A-wahoo!  Puzzles!

Okay, I know anything with the word "puzzle" in it sounds sooooo dorky.  And okay, we totally geeked out and spent last Friday night at home putting the puzzle together.  And yes, we both admitted that we actually like doing puzzles.  Fine, so we're not cool, but this fundraiser is going to be awesome!

Here's how it works:

  • You sponsor a piece of the puzzle (or 2 or 3?) for $10 each.
  • We write your name on the back of the puzzle piece and send you a photo of the piece you sponsored.
  • Once all of the pieces are sponsored (there are 513 pieces), we'll glue the puzzle, frame it in double-sided glass and hang it in the baby's bedroom so he or she can see who helped bring him or her home!

Here's the puzzle:

And here's the original photo in case the puzzle pieces and the photo of a photo are distracting :

We took this picture when we were in Ethiopia in 2008.  We were walking into a village to visit our sponsored child, Shimelis, and a bunch of people joined us as we walked.  I snapped this picture of our traveling companions.  I love that it's both anonymous and intimate - you can't see anyone's face, but you get a glimpse of the friendship among them and the attitude of caring for one another.  We thought it would be perfect for our puzzle because it reveals a glimpse of Ethiopian culture, plus it's personal because we took it on the trip that sparked our initial conversations about adoption.

Here's how you sponsor a piece of our puzzle:

  • Click the "donate" button under the words "Sponsor a Puzzle Piece"  on the right side of the page 
  • This will take you to a secure site where you can donate by credit card through PayPal
  • If you would rather donate directly to me via check or cash, email me at makewayfortheawesomekid(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll let you know the best way to do so.
  • If you would like to donate to the our general adoption fund (or if you would like to give more than $10 for your puzzle piece), click on the "donate" button under the words "Our Adoption Fund" on the right side of the page
We promise to use any money you donate solely toward the purposes of adoption.  Read more about our Make Way Adoption Fund promise here.

P.S. Please feel free to link to our blog and spread the word through your own blog, Facebook, email, etc!

1 comment:

Katy said...

Kelsey, That is awesome!
I will email you about donating some money!