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Duffle Bags for Foster Kids
Each year, approximately 7,000 children are removed from their homes in NJ where EMK Press is located because of abuse or neglect. To keep these children safe, DYFS must remove them on short notice. With no time to buy or borrow appropriate luggage, these children often need to move their belongings in a plastic garbage bag. We worked with the Community Foundation of NJ and CASA to fund this worthwhile effort. With my connections to manufacturing in China, we were able to create a unique, collapsable duffle bag that zips flat (thanks to Debbie Smith, a mom from my oldest daughter's travel group). Now a social worker can keep these bags in the state vehicles at the ready if a child needs to be moved immediately. To sponsor a bag for $15.00, please visit the CASA NJ website. It's great way to give back for scout troops, church groups and caring folks like you.
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Hope Foster Home
Philip Hayden Foundation
out this great project and see if there are ways you can
help Ben. He creates portraits for children in orphanages
who have never had photos of themselves....
-----------------In Memorium Wu RongDan----------------------
As I was updating the website, I came to the description of a little girl we raised funds for back in 2003 and 2004 to repair her heart. Her case was very complicated medically as well as politically. Folks fought over who would have to care for her and then fought to care for her. By the time the discussions stopped, her heart was in very critical condition. A specialist from Beijing went to Changsha to operate but as you can see by the information below, it was too late. There was even a family who wanted to adopt her and ensure she had her surgery and a loving home afterwards. It was not RongDan's destiny. I want to make sure that this little girl (who was very close in age to my youngest daughter so she would be almost 8 now) is not forgotten. She had a special place in a number of hearts.
It is with a very sad heart that I write this. RongDan
had her surgery last week and had been doing well with the
excellent care from her team of surgeons and nurses. On
Saturday, her lungs became congested and it became increasingly
difficult for her to breathe. She died about 9 hours later.
There were people who knew her and cared for her with her
at the end.
How I wanted to be able to give everyone happy news, that
this little girl had her heart fixed and would go on to
be adopted and have a forever family. This was not to be
RongDan's destiny. Instead for me, she will always be the
little three year old who had peered at me for almost the
last year from a photo on my desk. Her surgery was very
complex and everyone who donated, prayed and thought about
her gave her the best shot we could. For me, she will always
be a face for the children who deserve a chance at life.
For the children who still wait, their best chance is medical
care early in their lives, foster families and schooling.
As we hug our children or wait for the next round of referrals,
remember there are children who wait all over the world.
If each of us reached out to just one child....
While RongDan's outcome is very sad, she touched so many
lives and brought awareness to so many. Please say a prayer
for the Potter family in Minnesota who tirelessly advocated
to bring RongDan to the states to have surgery to repair
her heart and to hopefully join their family. While RongDan
was in my heart as a child who waits, she was in their hearts
as a daughter. A special fund has been established in her
name at the charitable initiatives program at FCC
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