Sunday, October 03, 2010

Help for Tori

This month, our family is campaigning to save the life of a five-year-old girl from Eastern Europe. Her name is Tori, and she has cerebral palsy. Because she just turned five, she was moved from an orphanage into a mental institution, where she will likely be kept bedridden and -- very possibly -- die. Starling learned about her through Reece's Rainbow, an organization that advocates for these kids by raising money to fund their adoption. We're trying to raise $19,000 to fully fund her adoption costs -- which significantly increases her odds of adoption. You can read more about Tori on the Reece's Rainbow website, or read up on our efforts at the blog that Starling created for it: Help for Tori. When you're there, you can link to the Human Rights Watch report that documents the plight of these children.

Thanks to Starlings' work, our priest mentioned Reece's Rainbow in his sermon this week (as part of Respect Life Sunday). She also has an article on it coming out in the popular Faith and Family Live blog on Monday.

If you feel called to help, there are several ways you can do that. First, you can make a donation to Tori's cause using the little app in the left-hand column. Second, you can spread the word, either by linking to the Help for Tori page or by copying the ChipIn code onto your website. And finally -- you can say a little prayer for Tori.