As hard as this might be for some of you to believe, with few exceptions, I’m a real law and order guy. I don’t particularly like rules, but I do know that well written rules make life easier for everyone. I rarely ever skirt the rules intentionally. My most flagrant rule breaking of the year was probably my reallocation of eight bottles of water that, had I not reallocated them, would undoubtedly still be sitting on tarmac at the Port-Au-Prince airport.
I’m giving you all that on background to say that I am breaking my own rule today. Please don’t ask me to break it again tomorrow. That rule is that I drive fund raising for families through The Zoe Foundation’s formal application process, raising funds via the foundation and giving small grants. It’s a good rule that is fair to everyone. Unfortunately, one size rule does not fit all, and so I’m going rogue here for a minute.
Meet the Greens.
Ben and his wife, Kim, live in Michigan. Ben is a bicycle sales rep for Giant Bicycles, and he has a giant family. I’ll save you the counting. There are ten children, ages 10 and under.
I’ll pause while you ponder that. It’s been a while since I looked at a family portrait that made me go “Whoa – that’s gotta be crazy!”
Benjamin (10), Parker (9), Kya (9), Caleb (9), McKenna (7), Eli (7), Madisyn (5), Klaire (5), Liam (3) and Isaiah (2), come from places like Korea, China, Liberia and the US. Some are special needs; all are special.
Thursday, the Green family heard about a little girl born a few days ago. The birth mother had been planning to place the baby for adoption all along, but when the baby was born essentially without a brain, the original couple felt they were unable to care for her and declined to complete the adoption.
CHASK, a registry that tracks families who are willing to step into these situations, contacted the Greens and asked if the would take this little one. They quickly decided they would. They are naming her Selah Hope.
Baring a miracle, Selah Hope will live less than a year, but as Kim says “Every child deserves a family, no matter how long they are here on earth.”
The Green family will incur about $5,000 in adoption and legal expenses in adopting Selah Hope. What Kim did not say – although I’ll say it – is that unless a family steps up, Selah Hope will go into some sort of foster care at best, or perhaps a state institution.
I think Selah Hope deserves more.
Go to her family’s blog. You will find a DONATE button on the right sidebar that I told Kim to put there. Let’s give this little girl the dignity that comes from being well loved.
Help the Greens by posting this on facebook or via twitter.
I will now go back to following the rules.
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