You’ll here me talk about the Both Hands Foundation a ton because I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what they do. Not only is it an awesome way to fundraise (because you’re helping someone else) but if you follow their suggestions the average project raises $10,000 for your adoption. This is one of those fundraisers that I think every adoptive couple should do.
Stacey and Rodney (my infamous Amazon Affiliate couple) did a Both Hands project this summer.
They gathered 40 volunteers, including several contractors who donated their time, and went to work on a hot Nashville summer day. Wendy, the widow they were serving, lost her husband to cancer at the age of 31, and is now raising their young son Quinn on her own.
The Kennedy crew tackled six projects for Wendy:
- Washed, detailed & vacumed Wendy’s car (a perfect job for some of the older kids)
- Tore down and rebuilt the rickety back deck
- Painted the porch trim and front siding
- Repainted the mailbox and cleaned up the flower bed
- Tore out overgrown bushes in backyard and trimmed bushes in front yard
- Moved the compost bin and wood pile to a better location
They also trimmed the bushes and landscaping of the widow across the street.
After their experience, Stacey advises families to have an army of people praying for you at all times. She said the spiritual warfare on them individually and on their marriage was intense from the moment they filled out the application to Lifesong. They knew God had called them to do it, but she said it was ten times harder, emotionally and spiritually, then getting their home study approved.
The Kennedy’s Both Hands project brought $10,250 into their adoption fund. They benefited from matching donations from several of the volunteers employers.
They even had local news coverage which is featured in the video Stacey put together.
“What a privilege to be able to give a day of service to our dear friend Wendy, a young widow and her son Quinn…AND the widow across the street! This Saturday, surrounded by our friends and many that we just met, devoting the day to hard labor in the intense summer heat, we experienced the Gospel of Jesus being lived out before our eyes. To bring home an orphan into our family by serving two widows is truly one of the highlights of our entire lives. We are so incredibly grateful and blessed.”
– Stacy Kennedy