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there’s a family in our neighbourhood, the Horlachers, who are trying to adopt another Ukrainian orphan, and it’s prohibitively expensive ($30k — OUCH!). they just adopted Yuliya in 2009, and things did not go smoothly w/their efforts to adopt Yuliya’s best friend Nadya at the same time. but now they have the opportunity to adopt Nadya as well, they just need help raising the money to go back to Ukraine and bring home the girl who should already be their daughter.

you can read their story here, along w/links to more info about the fundraising carnival they’re holding w/some of their neighbours and friends this weekend. there are some really cool items up for silent auction: Fleming’s Steakhouse $100 gift certificates, 9th row Utah Jazz tickets, Cabela’s $100 gift certificates, pearl strand necklaces from Goldsmith Jewelers, a Utah Jazz basketball signed by the whole team, various scrapbooking machines/tools from Provo Craft, and more! I’ll be there performing as a gypsy fortune teller, along w/other actors who’re volunteering themselves as popular storybook and movie characters. if you can’t attend the carnival (b/c you’re out of state or just have prior commitments, pls consider making a tax-deductible donation — there’s a PayPal link on the website along w/contact info for obtaining tax ID info).

most of my readers don’t know that in Ukraine (as w/most other former Soviet-bloc countries), children are required to leave orphanages when they reach 16 yrs old; 85% of the girls end up turning to prostitution to support themselves, which leads to a whole host of other dangers. PLEASE, help the Horlacher family save Nadya from a degrading life on Ukrainian streets and instead give her a home where she’ll be loved and cared for and have the same opportunity to flourish that Yuliya has been given.

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