After hearing such positive feedback, we thought we shouldn't wait until trip 1 to get the t-shirt fundraiser underway. Here is a copy of the email we sent out this morning. If I can get my act together, I will figure out a little badge or something to keep on the side of the blog for people who want to donate/purchase a t-shirt. Anyway if you are interested in more information just leave a comment with your email address (we can't reply without you entering your email address) or you can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends and family,
Some of you may or may not know, but Justin and I will be returning to Russia one last time to complete our family. We have not been given our referral yet, but we do plan on going back to the same region, Vladivostock, where Blake was born. We feel compelled to make a donation on our second trip to the baby home (aka orphanage). We will not give them a cash donation, but instead we plan to take additional money with us and then have our facilitator take us shopping for items that are needed for the children once we are back in Vladivostock. We feel this is the best way to ensure that the children are being helped in some way.
After being given very special t-shirts from our friends, Ryan and Sandy True, we got the idea of trying to raise money for the baby home instead of attempting to do it all on our own. Many people have asked how they can help out with our adoption, and we feel that helping us help the children is a great thing! We plan to send this message (or one similar) out when we return and have some pictures of the baby home to share with you. But we thought we would go ahead and get started on our efforts. If you are interested at all in making a donation or purchasing a t-shirt please just reply to this message and we can give you more information.
See the attached pictures for an idea of what the shirts will look like. If you can't open the attachments just let me know.
You can specify your size and color of t-shirt (all text will be white). The dark grey color in the photo is not available.
Front: Я верю (The means I Believe in Russian)
Back: The geographic outline of Russia. Running through the graphic is Psalms 68: 5-6 which reads: "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families." This is in both Russian and English.
Youth sizes available...S - 6-8 M - 10-12 L - 14-16; no toddler sizes; adult S-XXXL
Colors available in adult and youth...Red, Orange, Gold, Lime Green, Kelly, Brown, Purple, Pink, Hot Pink, Maroon, Black, Dark Gray, Light Grey, Marlin, Light Blue, Royal, and Navy
T-shirt with text on front only: minimum of $15 donation
T-shirt with text on both front and back: minimum of $20 donation
$2 more for 3XL
Shipping will be added to any orders that can't be hand delivered. We can figure the cost of that out via email :o)
~Justin and Heather