Pages

Monday, February 6, 2012

Change the life of a child #EnergizerCFK #cbias




There are more than 100,000 children in need of adoption right here in the United States. That is 100,000 children who never get a kiss at night, a bedtime story, a warm meal on the table or a Mom and Dad to love. We were fortunate to be blessed with two of the most remarkable children through the love of adoption right here in our community of Orange County.


Our life was simple and happy. Then one night the phone rang.

A child was in need of an emergency shelter, and the same social worker that had worked with us in the past, asked if we could open our home to this young boy.



That morning we saw a rainbow in the sky, and knew that it was our mission to help this young boy. Within the moment we said, "yes," our lives were turned upside down.

The boy had been severely abused - both physically and emotionally. Instead of watching our favorite television show at night, we would begin holding him for hours. Holding him to help heal his pain.

I had bought my children hundreds of pairs of shoes. When their shoes would show the slightest bit of wear, we would run out and get a new pair. Our boy had never owned a new pair of shoes. When we took him to the shoe store for the first time, he fell on the floor crying about getting his first pair of Nike shoes.

His eyes followed my hands with every lace of the shoes. When we got home, my other kids tossed their shoes in the basket, but our boy carefully placed them next to his bed.

I had always done a lot of volunteer work growing up, but never truly understood the impact of what it is like for a child in crisis, until I cared for one. Children are our most precious gift on earth, and when you care for one that was not treated like a gift - I felt my heart broke.

Andrew saying "good-bye" to our boy


Our boy lived with us for a couple of months and left a smiling young boy. The impact of our love forever changed his life, and he changed ours. We were not able to erase the scars, but able to mask them with love. He is now a growing young boy. He gets a warm meal every day, a seat in a classroom and most importantly - a Mom and Dad to kiss him good-night.



Champion for kids  is a service project with a focus on making a difference in children's lives. Even though we live in a warm environment in Orange County, there are still many children who go cold every night. Champion for kids is creating a spark in the heart of children across the country. Inspiring people to stand-up and make a difference.


I am going to be putting together a special package for a child at Kinship Center. I chose Kinship Center because of the service work that they do for adopted and foster children. They give lifelong services to children just like my own, and children that may never find a permanent home.

We are creating a special kit with all the needs a child might need to stay warm this winter, and most importantly for them to feel loved.


We are hoping to shine a light down on a child, and light up their life - will you join us?


I was compensated for this post as part of a social shopper insights study with collective bias. All my thoughts and opinions are of my own.

32 comments:

  1. What an amazing post Shelby! I really would love to have another child and this article once again makes me think of adopting an older child- toddler/pre school. It's something we've discussed and something I definitely need to look into. thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Your life will be changed forever if you chose to do it. There are so many "last chance" kids out there that will never find a home. You are amazing for opening your heart to think about it!

      Delete
  2. What a beautiful story, Shelby, and such a worthwhile recipient of your kit!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jules! I can't wait to bring it to Kinship Center and help impower a child!

      Delete
  3. Wow...just wow! That is such a touching story and now I am teary eyed! What a wonderful organization you have chosen to support. That kit will mean so much to a deserving child. Thank you for sharing such a personal story!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much!! I could not think of a better reason to give - than to help children!

      Delete
  4. Your kind hearts and giving spirit is inspiring! May your words move MILLIONS into action!
    (tears)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much!! I am hoping that "millions" will step forward and help all these children who need it so badly!

      Delete
  5. Shelby - What a beautiful story! And the organization you are helping is so very worthy! I can't wait to see your follow up to this. These simple service projects are amazing and so glad that Energizer and Champions for Kids are helping you spread the word!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! We cannot wait to put our package together for a special child. :)

      Delete
  6. Amazing story.
    My husband was a child lost and in need of love after years in the foster care system and multiple failed adoptions.
    Luckily, he found people as loving as you.
    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is so moving and powerful. You husband's parents are so lucky to have found him!

      Delete
  7. It's wonderful that you were able to give this child something he was missing in his life -- love. I'm sure that's something that he will always carry in his heart.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. and something we will carry in our hearts too!

      Delete
  8. What a wonderful post. reading it really felt like I was on pause from my regular, who-will-do-the-dishes concerns tonight. Thank you for doing these wonderful acts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is sweet. I hope that you had a wonderful day!!

      Delete
  9. VERY NICE. :)) THANK YOU FOR SHARING :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh my god!!! what an amazing story, beautiful story, thanks for sharing, you almost make me cry.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Shelby I learn more and more about you each day. You are so amazing...you have such a kind, generous spirit and you seem to always be looking outward...Your story touched my heart....and what a great organization.

    ReplyDelete
  12. You are simply AMAZING! Thank you for sharing part of your story. God bless that sweet little boy...and your family.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you for sharing this, Shelby! What a blessing to the little boy...and to your family!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks for sharing your story, Shelby. It's so inspiring to see all the ways that being involved with Champions for Kids allows us to draw on our life experiences to help and serve others.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Man this post is close to my heart. I will also be donating to a foster care agency as we are starting the process of becoming foster parents. Such a powerful way to give back!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. What an amazing and inspiring story. Thanks you for sharing. Champions for Kids is such a great organization to work with.

    ReplyDelete
  17. What an incredible story, that had me in tears! I am so happy that this project is bringing light to so many lives!

    ReplyDelete
  18. What an amazing and motivating story. Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete

Join the conversation and leave a message!

I know it looks like a lot of options, but we appreciate you taking the time to leave your thoughts.

Share this on: