Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lots of Great Things Going On.....

First I must brag on the amazing kids who entered the T shirt contest. I have gotten some very sweet emails from some kids who didn't win, but wanted to tell me how much they enjoyed entering. I have also seen where a few kiddos who were entered in the contest have congratulated the winner.  These kids are just amazing!! Once we get our silicone bracelets printed (coming soon) I want to send all the contestants one to thank them for entering this contest and doing such a great job. So make sure I have your address if you entered.

I have lots to tell you about.....

Next I will give you a behind the scenes peek at our OH photo shoot yesterday. We are working hard to get this new cart and site ready to launch in order to benefit your adoption or mission trip. We hope to have it launched by the beginning of March.

We had the best time yesterday sporting the OH gear. I had some fabulous models and a wonderful photographer who is helping us with this project.  You can take a sneak peek of a few of the real shots on her site. Soooo fun! It is really going to be great and help you sell our stuff to raise money for your adoptions or mission trips :)

Here are some of our gorgeous models!!


















Thanks, Karen, for the awesome photo shoot!

Are you interested in signing up for our fundraiser??
We are offering this to adoptive families and those fundraising for missions through a church or nonprofit. When we launch our fund raiser in March, there will be an official page that you sign up on. In the meantime, if you would like to get us your info then we could go ahead and be verifying everything and then when you sign up in March, you will be ready to go and not have to wait on verification. What we need is your name, address, contact info and then the name address, contact info, and contact person of your adoption agency, or church, or nonprofit in which you are traveling with. When your friend or relative purchases an item through your link to benefit your fundraising, then you get 40% of the purchase price applied toward your acct. It is that simple! We send the check to your agency, church, or nonprofit with which you are signed up, to be credited to your account.

I also want to introduce, Karson, our new Fundraising Rep......

Welcome Karson to the OH team!! I am especially proud to have her because she is my sister :) She is giving of her time to make sure all of your questions are met concerning fundraising. She will help get you up and going with this. She has a true heart for the orphan and helping get their needs met. If you have any questions regarding this fundraiser or if you would like to send us your info to sign up, then email Karson@ordinaryhero.org


Would you consider giving toward this fundraising launch?
The goal? To help as many adoptive families and those fundraising for mission trips reach their goal, as we can. If Ordinary Heroes want to help a child in need, and Change The World For One, whether that be through adoption or missions, then we want to help! We are working hard to prepare for this launch. There is much product to purchase and design and a whole new cart system to set up. We are very excited about it! We hope that it will prove to be VERY beneficial to your adoption or mission. If you would like to give toward this project, which will prove to help hundreds of adoptive families and those traveling to serve the least of these on missions, then you may do so by CLICKING HERE, or visiting our DONATE page on our site.  We appreciate it VERY much as we try to count the cost to get this all up and running and be able to offer adoption grant matches to adoptive families.

Speaking of sisters......I want to introduce, Kristi, our new Waiting Children Inquiry Coordinator. 
My sister, Krisit, could not be more perfect for the task.
 She will be the one answering your emails concerning waiting children and sending you the password to view them. She is always on top of it and in the know, much better than me. She has cleaned up our waiting children list and she will be posting on this blog occasionally in order to advocate for specific waiting children who are in great need of adoption. So if you have a question about any of the waiting children or would like the password in order to view them, email Kristi@ordinaryhero.org . You can see below, as she hands a child in Ethiopia her package from her parents she had never met before, that she has a true heart for the orphan. Not to mention that she is an adoptive momma, herself, to little Lucy Lane, and Wes will arrive soon ;)

Speaking of sisters....again....we have a court date!!
Kasey, the third out of all of us, pictured on the far left, has reason to celebrate! She just received her 1st court date for her newest addition from Ethiopia, little Lincoln. She will be traveling to meet her soon-to-be son in Ethiopia in March!! There will be 4 Ethiopian cousins between us ;)

Now for some shout outs and announcements!!
First, The Shrock Family passed court. I put out a prayer request for them a few weeks ago. They had some paperwork issues and had failed court 3 times( I think).  Well....NOW THEY PASSED!!
You can hop over to their blog to see their brand new cutie additions. Congrats to the Shrock family!!

Second, Click over to Angela's blog and check it out. They are having an Adoption Auction to help benefit their adoption. Angela says...."We are  walking in faith and praying that the auction will be a huge success,  since finances are the biggest obstacle at this point. "  


Third, Check out Julie's blog. They have adopted one child from Ethiopia and one child from China. Julie says.....We left our hearts in Ethiopia and want to do more! So, this year, we're giving up our birthdays to build a water well." Check out what they are making possible through Charity Water. 


~ We will be at the Connecting Hearts Conference this weekend in IL !!

February 19th, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
East White Oak Church
11922 E 2000 North Rd
Carlock, IL
Stop by the OH booth and say hi to Rachel. She is one of our OH volunteers who happens to have traveled with us to ET on our July trip and will be heading back with us again this coming July. She is an awesome Ordinary Hero! You will have an opportunity to purchase product and find out more about OH in Illinois.

~ WANT TO RUN FOR OH? 
In the Chicago area? Meggan is heading up an OH marathon team to run in the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Interested in joining the OH team? Email me at Kelly@ordinaryhero.org if you want to run for OH. Money raised will benefit all the many ways that we help children in need. It could sponsor a child for school in Africa, it could help buy food and supplies for orphans, it could support an  orphanage in need. Wherever the need is met, your team picture will be placed to show what a difference a determined group of athletes can make in the lives of children in need :)
If you are not in the Chicago area but would like to raise funds and run for OH in your community just email us and let us know. We will send you OH running tanks made out of dri-fit for your team. Kelly@ordinaryhero.org

~ Online Auction Coming Soon!
While in Ethiopia in December I purchased some BEAUTIFUL authentic, handmade dresses, as well as a couple of necklaces, some handmade dolls, and a handcrafted chess set. I will have these available for auction soon. This will help with our fundraising launch and grant give aways.

~ Spring Benefit Dinner
This proved to be life changing for families who attended last year. April 7th you will hear some of their testimonies as well as see the heart of OH at this amazing benefit dinner. Tickets are $50 and include an awesome dinner. More info coming soon, but if you know you would like to attend and purchase a ticket or a table please email our event coordinator, Elizabeth@ordinaryhero.org. Can I say that I have the best event coordinator in the world? Yes! Elizabeth and her hubby adopted their son domestically. She sits on the board of OH. You will be blessed by this event.

Since I am showing off our OH crew I want to show you the people who run all the behind the scenes admin stuff. These are the people that often sit in the shadows but these folks are the reason OH exists. They keep this organization up and running and do such a fantastic job!

Let me start with Charlene. I call her my right arm :) She is who keeps me in line and helps me run OH. She handles all our money and contact lists, emails, etc. You name it, she does it. She is amazing! She and her husband have 4 children, one adopted through the foster care system. She also sits on the board of OH.

Next we have David. He sits on our board and runs all the 501c3 part of our organization. All that stuff that you need to be real smart to understand, he does it. I am very blessed to have him keep it all straight. He is the best at nonprofit business skills. He and his wife have three children.


We have some new faces to OH. These awesome ladies have volunteered to be administrative assistants, which prove to be HUGE helps to Charlene and Elizabeth. Thank you, Thank you, beautiful ladies!! You are truly a blessing to OH!
 Angel

Colleen


Melissa

So there you have it! All these folks are the reason OH exists and is able to press forward into all that God has for us. We have amazing volunteers that show up at all our events and outreaches to help and serve. We want you to know how grateful we are for each and every one of you who serve alongside OH. THANK YOU!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my OH is busy! Such an amazing time for all of you! Congratulations to Kasey on her court date. Y'all must be buzzing around with such excitement for Lincoln and (eventually Kristi's son Wes) to come home! I'm excited for all of the things you have listed here and the families who are going!

    Also, wanted to say thank you for the t-shirts and sweatshirt. We received our purchases today. Let me tell you, all three that the order was for ran to put them on. My oldest daughter said the zip-up hoodie is her new fav hoodie! the boys have walked around saying they are going to change the world!

    Again, congratulations on all the changes and people joining the OH team! Can't wait to see where God takes you all!
    Many more blessings to you.

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