Sunday, April 17, 2011

AAI mom Amy Ferrell in line for a Macy's Makeover---Vote for Amy!

 Amy Ferrell and family in front of their house

One of our own--Amy Ferrell, mom to three children from our Ghana program and 2 more, is a finalist for a very exciting prize on Facebook---a Million Dollar Makeover from Macy's.  Read her story below and if you are on Facebook, please head over and vote for Amy.  She has big plans to give back to children in need in Ghana and here in the U.S.  Good luck Amy!

I have always felt blessed.  I have a wonderful family, thanks is huge part to AAI for connecting us with a wonderful sibling group of 3 from Ghana.  Ellen, Elizabeth and Yaw joined my husband and 2 biological sons nearly 3 years ago.  We couldn't be happier with our family.  Being both teachers, finances are always a concern and over the winter break I entered a contest- Macy's Million Dollar Makeover with the prize being a "Life Makeover" from Macy's and Clinton Kelly (the co-host of TLC's What Not to Wear). We have a pretty serious housing concern, so I thought why not!

Out of 19,000 people I was chosen as one of 8. What!?  Me?!  YUP!  I was flown to NYC and got a makeover from Macy's and Clinton Kelly!  How fun!  My makeover went head to head with the other finalists' and I was lucky enough to get enough votes to move on to the final 4.  My next video is one that thoroughly excites me because it connects to my love of children (wish I could say more, but I can't!).  It will be up to vote on starting April 25th for the entire week.  Voting is unlimited and every vote enters you for a chance to win a $500 Macy's gift card!  If I get enough votes, I will be in the final 2!

 Amy with the show's producer after her makeover
I also have spoken with Macy's about my hope to help fund adoption for older children and sibling groups, as well as family preservation projects. They seem very excited about that as a possibility and so am I!  If we win, I plan to do some wonderful things in adoption and also in creating after-school programs for at-risk youth, in addition to hopefully having a forever home for my family.  Please visit Macy's Million Dollar Makeover Facebook page at  You do have to allow the application, but Macy's is just following Facebook rules for running a sweepstake and they DO NOT share your information.  Feel free to spread the word, if you are so moved, and please vote often. Our family appreciates the support and we can't do this without you!
Amy Ferrell

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa

Mama to Luke (11), Ellen (9, Ghana), Elizabeth (9, Ghana), Yaw (7, Ghana) and Jonah (6)

Amy and her daughter Ellen


  1. Thanks so much for featuring this!!! The guy standing next to me is not Clinton Kelly though- that is the producer from the shoot! :) Thanks! I SO appreciate the support!!!

    Amy Ferrell

  2. LOL, Amy! I was going to say... "that's not the Clinton Kelly I know" :)

    Congrats and good luck!

  3. Hi Amy ~
    I put my vote in for you! May God bless you and your family..
    Laura Johansen (another adoptive mom on the AAI yahoo group)