Back to back posts? That's what happens when I'm stuck at home, sick with the stomach flu and bored!
Anyway, we need some suggestions. We are still about $2,000 short from being able to finalize the Home Study. I know we aren't quite finished with the home study yet, but we are confident that this is all working out beautifully. So, we need some fundraising ideas. Although $2,000 may not seem like a lot of money to some, for us it is. Especially because we have (with lots of help) paid for everything up to this point without any debt. Let me just break this down a bit:
Application: $1,000 paid & approved!
Upon Start of home study visits: $1,500 paid & going strong!
CORE Training classes: $400 paid & signed up! (Feb 22 &23)
Upon approval and ready to be matched w/birth mother: $5,000 eeek! We're at $3,000 saved so far
Upon Match/Prior to Birth: $6,000
Upon relinquishment and placement: $10,000
Prior to finalization : $500
Finalization costs depend on courts/lawyers fees
So, without the finalization costs or possibility of travel costs, that brings us to $24,000.
I was not sure if I should share this, and up until this point Michael & I have been somewhat vague when fundraising, and when people ask where this money is going. So, there you have it. Keep in mind, this does not include getting our home ready for baby, but that is something Michael and I are saving to do on our ownish too. :)
We are working hard. Really, really hard. My fear (to God's dismay, I'm sure) is that we will finish something but then not be able to complete a step because of the financial aspect. That is why we'd love some fundraising ideas!
Here are a couple things I've been told about/read. A baby bottle fundraiser. We provide baby bottles and people keep them and fill them up with change. Whenever it is full, they return it to us. One cute thing about this is that I just mentioned this to Grandma P (Mike's gma) and her, my mother in law, and our aunt have already done this! I think this would be a great and easy fundraiser to do, ongoing. In fact, the more I think about this the more it seems like a no brainer. Easy for us, easy for others. All we need to do is buy baby bottles, although I would really like to include a note from the 2 of us inside each one. I guess the question is, who and where do we give them too?
Another idea someone told me about is to have a party. You can imagine, that instantly after hearing the word 'party' my husband was on board! How I think it works: we'd have a party with food & drinks provided, and people could either buy a ticket or have a suggested donation for dinner. On top of that we could ask friends, family and the community to donate items or services (ideas on who to ask and what for?) and either raffle them off or do a silent auction (any preferences or ideas?). This is the other one I love, partly because it has sort of just fallen into place already. One of the Chiefs at the fire department already offered to donate as much bbq as we need! *See, God works through people and ways that we would have never thought!* We just aren't sure about where or when to have it (big issues!), since I think our house would be too small. Funny side note: My hubby and I wanted to call this an adoptionpalozza, clever I think ;)
That is where we are at and what he have in the works. I vowed to always be honest through this process and honestly our biggest challenge right now, thankfully, is financially. (Yes I am thankful that everything else is so great that money is the only current issue!) I also was told by a coworker a couple of months ago that I need to put our needs out there in order to hope to succeed with help! So, here I am somewhat recluctantly putting it all out there. I'd love advice, suggestions, help, etc.
Thanks & God Bless!