As you know we have had to postpone our Carnival fundraiser since our birthmother’s due date has changed a couple of times. However, we are still in need of funds to cover the expenses of adopting our third son. So…we are doing an envelope fundraiser! “A what?”, you ask? I said the same thing when I heard about it. A wonderful lady found this fundraiser idea and it is just right for us. Then with the help of great friends, we were ready to go! There is little effort in doing it and if it is completed will cover the rest of our domestic adoption costs!!!!
Little effort AND meet our financial goals!?!? YEP!
We hope this sounds as great to you as it does to us, so that you can jump right in on the fun!
Why 176 envelopes? One of us was born in ’76… and because it was the number that filled up the display boards. 😉 (Major mathematical reasoning around here!)
How do you raise money with 176 envelopes? People choose a number, we send them the envelope with that number on it, they put money/check into the envelope that matches the number on the envelope, they send it back to us, then… BAM! Over $15,000.00!!!! Which just happens to be the amount we have left to pay for adopting this baby boy (Mathematical Genius…or maybe not).
What if the number you want has already been chosen? More mathematical genius of course!! We will put multiple envelopes of smaller numbers together to equal the number you have chosen.
Where does the money to put in the envelope come from? Once you choose a number and receive your envelope, you can fill it with that amount in many different ways. For instance: You choose #50, we send envelope #50 to you, and then you can get as creative as you want. Maybe you’ll ask 5 family members to help by giving you $10, how about asking 10 people at work to help by giving $5, and you might have something to sell. You could always do something silly like people sponsoring you to grow a beard or cut your hair. I’m not too creative so let me know what fun ideas you come up with! There is always the old stand-by in case you’re not the fundraising type… you can always just right a check. NOTE: Make checks payable to Lifesong for Orphans, on the memo line write Rankin/#4641. This will make your donation tax deductible and ensure that it goes into our account to be used for our adoptions.
You’ve got the money, now what? Now that you have $50 to match envelope #50, place the $50 in the #50 envelope. Put the #50 envelope into another envelope and mail it to us. Our address will be sent to you with your envelope. By mailing it to us, we can keep account of which envelopes have been returned and which ones we are yet to come. We can also be sure what was sent to Lifesong to have a double-check of our adoption funds.
We would like to have all the envelopes out and back by August 5th, 2015.
Since our son is due to arrive sometime in August, it will be a blessing to have these envelopes back and sent into Lifesong before we travel.
The sooner we can get the envelopes back, the sooner we will raise the money for our next payment of $5000.00 which is due in August. (In the coming days, I will post more about our adoption costs and fees, so you can better understand why we are fundraising and what our needs are.)
Please, if you feel you can, share this post with your friends and family. Lots of sharing will help to get the envelopes chosen and sent out quickly.