Beauty for Ashes

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Racing to Bring Levi Home! 5K Fundraiser

We are so excited to share a new adoption fundraiser coming up!!  We have been accepted as one of the adoptive families in Colonial Heights' Hearts of Compassion 5K to help bring Levi home!

We actually ran in this 5K last year for some of our sweet friends who are also adopting from Ethiopia as part of their team. It was so much fun! We are so excited to have our own team this year!! There will be 7-10 adoptive families running with their teams. 

Colonial Heights has an amazing Orphan Care Ministry called Hearts of Compassion, which is a ministry to raise awareness about orphan care and adoption and help raise funds to place children in forever families, while seeking to mobilize the church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service, some to adopt, some to care, and some to give. 

Colonial Heights partners with Lifesong for Orphans for this 5K, and we have received a matching grant through Lifesong. They will match up to $3,000 of what we raise, so incredibly awesome!! A huge blessing! So, every dollar given will be matched up to $3,000!
All the fundraising will go through Lifesong, which is also an amazing ministry that mobilizes the church to get involved in orphan care, adoption, foster care, advocacy, and so much more. 

Different ways you can help:

1) We need runners/ walkers on our team!! We are hoping for 10-15 people on our team! We will be getting t-shirts for all of our team members to wear on race day. Each team member will get people to sponsor them by donating toward our adoption (the goal is 10 sponsors, but you can get as many as you want!) We are going to get stickers for each runner to write their sponsors names on the stickers and wear them on their backs for the race (thanks to Abby Blackburn for this awesome idea from last year :)
There will be a place for you to say you are running on the Kitchens' team :)
Let us know if you want to run/ walk on our team! We will have more details to give to the team members who are running on how to get sponsors :) we are getting together ways for sponsors to donate through a paypal donate button directly to our Lifesong account as an easier option than checks

2) If you don't want to or can't run/ walk the 5K, you can still help by sponsoring a runner!! We don't actually receive the funds from runners just signing up for the race, but from runners getting sponsors. Sponsors can donate any amount toward our adoption! If you want to sponsor a runner, just let us know and we will get your name on a sticker! We will be running too, so you can sponsor either me or Ben, too

If you want to sponsor a runner by donating to our Lifesong Account, here are the different ways you can do that, 100% will go directly toward our adoption and it is tax-deductible: 

Give by Check
Please make checks payable to Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, please note your gift preference with Family Account #5553 and Kitchens Family.
(ie: Preference 5553 Kitchens)
Please mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40

Gridley, IL 61744
Give Online
 1. Go to
2. Select Give to an Adoptive Family
3. Complete online form and fill in Family Account #5553 & Kitchens Family
Individual donations $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax- deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. 
3) The most important way you can help-prayer!! You can help by praying that the Lord would use this fundraiser to bring awareness to orphan care and adoption, and that it would be a huge part of bringing Levi home and many other orphans to their forever families!

Your prayers and support have meant so much throughout our adoption journey! As we are in the waiting part of our process, knowing others are praying alongside us means the world to us.. We are getting closer every day to seeing our little boy's face!

Praising the Lord for this 5K opportunity & can't wait to see what He does through it!! 

"A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families." Psalm 68:5-6

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