MONTGOMERY — On May 14, Nate and Missy Lee, a local family looking to adopt a young girl from China, are planning a special kind of adoption fundraiser.
The Lees, along with volunteers, will be working on the aging home of Helen JoAnn Holliday, a longtime resident of Montgomery in Branch County.
"I didn't want to take their help at first, but I finally said okay," Holliday said.
Holliday, a widow for 34 years, spent her life modestly and enjoyed the company of her children.
"My husband died when our kids were young, Holliday said. "I just decided I was going to live my life and raise my children."
According to the Lees press release, "(JoAnn) has a helping heart and has been giving back to her small community in many ways. JoAnn is recovering from surgery that removed her cancer last July. Today, her home is in urgent need of many repairs."
JoAnn is a survivor of colon cancer, and she credits her recover to God.
Volunteers helping with Holliday's home will also be raising funds to help the Lees' adoption process.
Married for 15 years, the Lees will celebrate their milestone anniversary on May 5.
The couple must still raise nearly $19,000 to finish the adoption process and bring their daughter home. For more details on the adoption, visit www.BothHands.org/project/lee-5798
The Lee family is working with Both Hands, a company that helps families with the lengthly adoption process through fundraising and other means.
It's mission is “to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families.”
"Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoptions. A family gathers a team of volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project, like fixing up a widow’s home. The family and their team send letters to raise sponsorship for their day of service. It’s very similar to raising sponsorship for a 5K race, but instead of running, the team is serving a widow.
"The funds raised help an orphan become adopted into a forever family. Both Hands — one hand for the widow, one hand for the orphan — is committed to fundraising support for its operating expenses through private donors. No funds raised by a family and their team are deducted for Both Hands’ administrative costs."
"Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised over $6,100,000 for adoptions and orphan care," the press release states. "Through 619 Both Hands projects in 42 states, 619 widows have been served, 671 orphans are closer to forever families, and over 15,500 volunteers have served their communities."
This article was written by Christy Hart-Harris at The Daily Reporter. The original article can be found here: http://www.thedailyreporter.com/news/20160427/lee-family-to-assist-holliday-with-home-repairs
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