This is Martin. It is not his real name, but he is a real boy, and this is his real picture. Martin was born with Down Syndrome and lived in an orphanage in Eastern Europe for five years, until his family brought him home rather than see him live in an adult mental institution. Martin is the inspiration for many people working to bring hope and families to children with disabilities living in orphanages and institutions around the world.
This Thursday is Martin's birthday. Martin turns 5 years old. I am holding a virtual birthday party for Martin and YOU are invited.
How many birthday parties have you been invited to in your lifetime? Isn't one of the first questions you ask yourself when you get an invitation, "What present shall I bring?"
Well, you know what the best present would be for this party? You know what Martin really needs? Martin needs his family to have the money they need to fully fund his adoption, so they can make those two trips to EE and bring him home.
What present would you bring to Martin's real-world birthday? Would it be a LEGO set at $24.99? Maybe you would bring a gift certificate to the local book store at $20.00, or would it be one of those StarWars light sabers, or maybe a new soccer ball?
Whatever it is, whatever you would spend to bring Martin a present for his real-world birthday party, I am asking you make a tax deductible donation in that amount to the House Family's FSP on RR. You can do that through the Martin button on the sidebar next to this post.
You are invited to Martin's party. It would be rude not to bring a present. ;-)