Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Father's Day Garage Sale in PA Benefits AAI

AAI encourages all of its families to "give back" and make a commitment to helping other children in the country they are adopting from. Many of our families do wonderful and creative things to help AAI's humanitarian efforts, particularly in Ethiopia and Ghana. We want to use our new blog forum to celebrate some of their efforts and to inspire others.

Just this last weekend, the Fischer family of Pennysylvania held a garage sale and advertised that all proceeds would support AAI's humanitarian programs in Ethiopia. Despite rain worthy of Noah's Ark, they raised over $3500 and passed out information about AAI and its programs to many people. They sent us these photos of their family, the advertising they did for their event, and some of the items for sale. Because it was Father's Day too, they had a stack of our "in honor of" donation cards to give to people donating $25 or more in honor of a dad in their life. Rachael reports that they made a lot of new friends in their neighborhood and had people attending of many different nationalities.

Rachael and Steven Fischer have three children and are currently waiting for an infant boy from Ethiopia. She is an attorney who has done pro bono work with refugees from the Congo and says that that experience is part of what inspired them to adopt from Ethiopia and to choose AAI for its commitment to being both an adoption and a child welfare agency. Steven Fischer is an emergency room physician and he was recently able to get a whole case of much-needed rubber gloves to AHOPE and Wanna House. Rachael is also helping to revise a number of the FAQ documents for Ethiopian adoptive families, a valuable and very time-consuming volunteer effort as well.

We are so grateful to the many families and individuals who share their time and talents to benefit AAI's humanitarian programs and to assist other adoptive families.

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