Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Puzzles Pieces, T-Shirts, and Tax-Deductible Donations, Oh My!

We've been incredibly blessed by everyone who has so generously come alongside us to make this adoption possible. We've learned more than ever that it truly is a joint effort. We're all pieces in a puzzle, each one contributing to a beautiful story.

Which is why we're so excited about this next fundraiser.

It's such a symbol of the unfolding picture that is adoption.

A Puzzle Piece Fundraiser

Allow me to explain how it works.

We have purchased a 500-piece puzzle.
You can sponsor one piece or multiple pieces.

One for yourself.

One for each member in your family.

One in memory of somebody special.

Perhaps your small group or book club wants to chip in a dollar or two and purchase a puzzle piece together. Or maybe each one of you wants to buy a puzzle piece on your own.

Whatever works for you!

For every piece sponsored, we will write your name (or whichever name you specify) on the back.

The cost of sponsoring a piece is $10.

The goal is to get all 500 pieces sponsored so the puzzle will be complete and we'll be $5000 closer to raising the money we need to complete our adoption.

Here's the thing. We won't get all 500 pieces sponsored unless the word gets out! So please help us by sharing this with friends and family. Share via email or Facebook or any other social media outlet.

When the puzzle is all put together, we will frame it in a double-sided glass frame and hang it in our little one's bedroom.

And someday....someday.....when our child's old enough to understand, we'll take that frame off the wall and we'll snuggle up in a chair and we'll turn that picture around and we'll point at all the names. I'll read each one out loud and with this precious child wrapped in my arms, I'll whisper, "Look how much you were loved. Look at how much you were wanted. Look at all these people who helped bring you home."

To be a part of our adoption puzzle, please email ganshertadoption@gmail.com to let me know how many pieces you would like to sponsor and the names for each. Then send your check to:

Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

Or you can donate via the Lifesong PayPal button on the right hand side of this blog. Please note there is a 1.9-2.9% service fee that is taken out of the donation amount when you donate in this manner.

**Make sure to put our last name (Ganshert) and our family number (3493) on the memo line of the check. All of the money will go directly toward our adoption. Nothing is taken out for administrative purposes. And all donations are tax-deductible!**

Congo Adoption T-Shirts

The Thornton's are a couple I've connected with via Facebook. They are also in the process of adopting and they donated a whole box full of t-shirts to us to help us raise funds. I got all teary when I opened the box. God's provision is so amazing.

We're selling them for $10 a piece for adult sizes, $5 for kids, plus the cost of shipping (if applicable).

Here they are, modeled by the B-man.

Here are the sizes (they seem to run a tad big b/c I fit well into a small and I usually prefer a medium) and quantities available:
  • 10 kids, size 4
  • 3 kids, size 6
  • 26 small
  • 11 medium
  • 19 large
  • 19 XL
  • 2 XXL    
If you'd like to purchase one, you can tell me in person or shoot me an email. Just make sure to tell me the size and quantity ASAP so I can reserve them for you!

Thank you for all of your support! Truly, we could not walk this journey alone!

**Please remember to write your checks out to Lifesong, put "Ganshert/3493" on the memo line, and mail them to Lifesong, or donate via the Paypal button. All donations are tax-deductible!**

Tastefully Simple

We also had a friend who is a consultant for Tastefully Simple offer to help:

It's a Tastefully Simple fundraiser for the Ganshert Family adoption fund! Order any time of the day or night throughout the month of February and choose "Katie Ganshert" as your host prior to checkout. Products will ship directly to you anywhere in the United States in 7-10 days.

Questions? Please email Michelle at sixthday@npacc.net


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  2. Wonderful ideas, Katie! I'll spread the word.

  3. I love these ideas, Katie!! What a great way to encourage everyone to help--even for families whose finances are tight!

  4. I LOVE this idea!!! I'll help. :)

  5. Love the idea of the puzzle. Hope your fundraising goes well!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

  6. I love these ideas, Katie!! What a great way to encourage everyone to help. crowd funding platform

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