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Lex & Kelsy Dowd

March 25, 2023 | Grimes, IA

We are Lex and Kelsy! We live in Iowa. We have been married for 5 years and have one biological daughter named Lucy who was born in October 2021 and a child in Heaven that we lost to miscarriage in 2019. Adoption is who we are. We knew we always wanted to grow our family through adoption as it has been such a big part of our lives. Lex was adopted when he was 10 from Russia and I was adopted by my dad when I was twelve. Adoption is also written throughout scripture and our faith and relation with God plays a very vital role in our lives. We felt God calling our hearts to adopt in 2020 and have been pursuing it since. We are excited for this journey and we love that every person who comes into our family will have their own unique stories.

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Domestic Adoption

Orphan | United States

We are working with Faithful Adoption Consultants out of Canton, Georgia! Our adoption will most likely be an at birth placement somewhere within the United States. We are currently active and are receiving cases weekly! We need 50% up front so fundraising is vital for us to be able to say yes to cases and bring our little one home.

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Waiting Widow

Widow | Iowa

The loss of a beloved spouse often makes it difficult for a widow to keep up with the needed repairs and improvements to her home. We are excited to bless a widow in our community in a big way!

A Different Kind of Fundraiser

A team of volunteers is completing a service project of fixing up a widow's home. We are raising sponsorship for our day of service. The funds raised will help an orphan to become adopted into a forever family. Will you sponsor us?

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Both Hands Foundation is an approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please note that in following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the non-profit organization Both Hands Foundation. Both Hands governing board retains full discretion over the donation's use, but intend to honor the donor's suggestion. Both Hands is a member of the Evangelic Council for Financial Accountability.


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We are committed to doing everything we can to help our Both Hands families afford adoption. That’s why we don't take out any administrative fees from donations to our projects.

We raise funds for our operations separately through support from donors like you. By supporting Both Hands, you help us serve more adoptive families, bless more widows, and bring even more orphans into their forever families.