“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~Winnie the Pooh
This will be short and sweet, as our eyes are still puffy and our tears are still flowing. We said goodbye today. Goodbye to 19 brave, precious souls who changed our lives in only 16 short days. These kids left all they have ever known, and traveled across continents to the unknown. Our host families showered them with love and attention, and while our families thought it was the kids lives who would be changed, they quickly learned it was their lives as well.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we will share with you the joyous news that several of these children have families racing to get back to them. And we will also share with you about the children who we are still searching for families for. But now, thanks to hosting, we don’t have to rely on a couple pictures and words on paper to advocate. Now, we can tell you about WHO these children truly are.
So stay tuned. For now, we need to dry our tears, and try to recover from the grief of goodbye. But we don’t want to recover too much, as that grief of goodbye is what will fuel the advocacy efforts for these kids so that the next time them come, will be forever.
To learn more about the host children we are advocating for, or about our hosting program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website.
While I never had the privilege of meeting you, I feel like I know you. I speak of you so often to our families every time I mention Brittany’s Hope. I think of you whenever one of our families is blessed with a Brittany’s Hope grant. A grant that eases some of their financial burden so that they can focus on what is important – their new child. You are very often on my mind, as well as on the minds of the hundreds of Madison Adoption Associates’ families who have been blessed by Brittany’s Hope.
Now, 20 years after your passing, your legacy not only spreads across Pennsylvania, but across our entire country. And even across the entire world. Brittany, I wish you were here on this earth with us so we could rejoice together while we watch your dream coming true. Your dream ‘of a world where all children know the peace and love only a family can provide.’ We may not have reached ALL children yet, but the lives your legacy has impacted is remarkable. And is worth celebrating. So I just wanted to take a moment, this side of heaven, to share with you the mark you’ve made on the lives of so many.
And these ten only scratch the surface of the thousands of children’s lives you have impacted! I know you are already familiar with these ten precious souls Brittany, as I know you are looking down on them. Just as you are looking down on all of us, and on all the children that your legacy has touched. But I still wanted to take a moment to reflect on the lives that have been changed for the better by you and your memory, especially as we are quickly approaching the Brittany’s Hope Walk of Love. Your impact has spread to almost every corner of our world, changing the lives of children in need. On September 14, thousands of us who would have loved to have called you ‘friend,’ will come together in your honor, so that your legacy can continue to be spread farther and wider than it has already. If you could put in a good word for no rain, we’d appreciate it 😊. If not, we’ll still be there. Running and walking for you, for your dream, and ultimately, for the children.
Sarah, and your friends at Madison Adoption Associates