Just 2 weeks ago, after a whirlwind adoption, Kryste and Frank Buoniconti finalized their domestic adoption of Hunter adding 1 more to their family of 4. Hunter has come with his own special set of needs, exhibiting severe developmental delays due to neglect and medical issues due to being HIV positive.
I have no idea what life like that looks like. I have no idea how to make sacrifices like that.
Kryste and Frank were going to adopt internationally. Their hearts were for Ethiopia. But they came to know of Hunter, and instead of having a year to raise the last $11,000 needed to adopt, they went with their hearts and adopted Hunter right away. They have until June to raise the last $11,000.
Adoptions cost between $30,000 - $40,000. For one child. Most people don't have that kind of money lying around and as you can imagine it takes a significant time to raise it.
It might be possible.
But here's the part that makes it hard to breathe.
Frank, the man of the family, was killed last night in a military training helicopter accident.
It is December 13.
Kryste has 4 children, one of which has significant needs and is very new to their family.
And she owes $11,000 by June.
Please, do what you can to help them.
Project Hopeful, a non profit group in Illinois has a mission of advocating for orphans with HIV and encouraging their adoptive families. They have put out an urgent call to raise $11,000 for this family and have a pay pal link for you to do just that.
I remember sitting in church one Sunday and listening to the pastor talk about how he and his wife gave to charities instead of giving each other Christmas presents. I thought about how weird and not fun that would be. Until my husband wrapped me up a stuffed goat the next Christmas because that is what he had done for me. That has been my favorite gift. It is unbelievable how it feels.
Perhaps people are waiting (still) for Christmas ideas for you. Perhaps this could be it.
Donate to Project Hopeful to help their adoption expenses. I don't care if it's $2. It WILL add up and it will make a difference.
Please join us in helping this family.
Do so here.
******UPDATE - Project Hopeful just announced that the $11,000 has been raised! Handling of continued donations are yet to be determined, but it will likely be in the form of a grant for HIV adoption. Please continue to show an outpouring of love and support for this family.