Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pictures Needed

Josh is headed to Henan in a few weeks to renew CCAI's contract with Henan.  During his speech, he'd like to have a slideshow presentation playing with pictures of kids adopted from Henan.

I need these ASAP as I must mail it to him Monday.

Email me (1 picture per child) with the name of their orphanage to me by Saturday.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ready to ship

Our HKI socks are here and ready to ship!  Any orders placed already will be mailed out tomorrow...  Order fast for Christmas as certain sizes are dwindling in our inventory!

Here's the 1 inch cuff..

China is on the cuff with a white heart over Henan.  This is my personal favorite style-- so comfortable.

And here is the 2.5 inch cuff..

This one has the CCAI logo on it.

We got these socks for $5 each- so $7 from each pair sold will go to HKI projects..

Share with your friends, runners, bikers and just normal folks-- these socks are not cotton, so no stinky smelly, sweaty feet!

Friday, November 8, 2013

only ONE more week!

HKI mom, Amy Rankin painted these beautiful art pieces...

At the CCAI gala in September, they were going for TWICE as much as the asking price.

Can you say bidding war?

{I know, I was a casualty of said war}

She has made a limited number of these and will be donating 30% of what she makes to HKI.

there are 6x6 canvas pieces and 3x3 canvas magnets.

Tis the season.

Get your merry on and go order  HERE

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gift shopping AND helping those in need!

Our DeFeet running/cycling socks are ready for pre-order.  They are in production right now and we'll have them ready to ship in 2 weeks.  This is our first run- and the only color available are the black/red combo as you see on the right.  We will experiment with other colors in later runs.

We are also blessed to have Amy Rankin, an HKI mom share her talent with us and create these beautiful pieces of art..

There are 3x3 canvas magnets and 6x6 canvas wall hangings.

I will say this--- at our CCAI gala in September, there was a bidding war over her art work, and it sold for more than twice the asking price.

There is a limited number of each piece available, and Amy is donating 30% of the proceeds to HKI.

Go HERE to order yours!

Another site that has wonderful products that helps adoptive families and artisans in China is The Scarlet Thread

Where you can buy some beautiful gifts...

Christmas ornaments


More ornaments


Scarlet Thread is not associated with HKI nor do we receive any money from them-- it is a great business with a heart for giving back to China.

So start your shopping early and help some great causes while doing so!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Why I won't stop asking you to help

Every year I revisit the organizations that I'm involved with.

What do I need to quit?

What is making me too busy?

Is this truly important?

And over the years, I've stopped volunteering in some areas, not because the organization was bad, but because it was not something about which I was PASSIONATE.

But HKI stays.

Because I 100% truly stand behind what we are about:

Helping those who can't help themselves.

Speaking out for those who can't advocate for themselves.

Helping these kids one calendar, one pair of socks, or one painting at a time.

Because with every dollar we raise, we can provide these orphanages with the tools they need to care for these kids better.

But how do you know what they're buying?  

What about misuse of money?

This is how we work:

Orphanages contact Xia Zhong directly about needs they have and exactly how much it would cost.  Because she visits the orphanages regularly, she knows their needs as well.  If she agrees with their need, she then asks me if HKI would like to pay for that.  She then wires that amount to the orphanage. The director then buys the items and takes pictures of not only the items, but the receipts as well and emails them to Xia, who then emails them to me.

We have 3 boys from 3 different orphanages in Henan.

Matthew received excellent care in an LOCC and was a thriving, happy boy when I first met him over a year ago.

Ben and Noah were not so fortunate.  Ben was one of the first ones to have their files ready back in the summer of 2008,

and because of his Hep B status, he suffered severe neglect, the effects of which I can still see in him today.  Noah also suffered from neglect.

I know some of you have also experienced what happens when your littles ones weren't cared for due to lack of care.

The more we can come along side the orphanages and help provide chairs, toys, medical equipment, diapers for Hep B babies, formula, mosquito nets, paint, education, hopefully the less this will occur.

Sympathy is never enough.

We need to be active:

Sponsor a child

Buy a calendar

Buy some socks

Buy a piece of art

Talk to your church-- this is National Adoption Month-- Orphan Sunday is coming up- ask for a special collection to be taken for HKI, have the Children's Ministry collect offering for HKI

Have a garage sale for HKI

Talk to others about adoption-- SPECIAL NEEDS ADOPTION

Let's meet the need that is out there.  If you're waiting for a referral, are you meeting the need that is there or are you waiting for your desire to be met?  Remember adoption is not about us, but about them.

I'd like to challenge you all to not just celebrate the fun holidays of your child's birth country, but to  give back.  Look back.

Was your child sponsored?

Give back.

  Was your child in an LOCC?

Give Back.

Nothing will ever change in Henan orphanages unless we DO something.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Henan Projects

AnYang, Zhengzhou, Zhoumaidin, and Kaifeng asked for more infant chairs...

And as those of you who adopted before know--- these little ones need all the chances they can get to work on their core strength.  Two of my boys came home unable to sit up-- even though they were 2 years old-- so providing these chairs for the kiddos is huge.

 Praying that some of your cuties are in these pictures-- if they are let me know and I'll email them to you! I know what it's like to wait and to scour pictures in the hopes of seeing your little one!

 Oh the cuteness...

This is just one small example of what we do with the money we raise-- making these kids' lives just a little better until you go over there to bring them home.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

3 more days!!! And something for your sole.....

That's it-- 3 more days to order your calendar.  We will remove the ordering button on November 1st (this Friday).

Please remember-- if your cutie is in the calendar-- you need to order one (I mean, why else would you send me pictures if you didn't intend to stare at your cutie patootie for a month ??!!!)

I will place the calendar order next week and they should arrive mid November.  I have a wonderful helper who will then mail these puppies out, and you should receive them by Thanksgiving.

Starting this weekend, we will have a new button up to order these bad boys...

DeFeet running/cycling socks.  If you run or bike, you know how much these rock.
These socks breathe and last for YEARS.  (I still have socks from my half-marathon days 5 years ago!)

 Here is what the actual defeet sock looks like...

 And here is what our design will be for the 2.5 inch cuff

And for the 1 inch cuff.. (I personally love this one-- wear them all the time)

We will be selling these for $12 (plus shipping/handling)  with $6 going to HKI.  These normally retail for $15-- so you're also getting a great deal!  Our first runs will arrive in 3 weeks-- so you will have them by the beginning of December.  If you don't order early though-- you may miss out on our first run.  Hopefully our second run will be here in time for Christmas.

So-- order early, and pass this on to others!!!!