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Monday, January 31, 2011

YOU can make a difference.......AND win an iPad!

An old man was walking down the beach just before dawn.
In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.
As the old man approached the young man, he asked;
"Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?"
The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.
"But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish, exclaimed the old man.
"How can your efforts make any difference?"
The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand
and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said;

"It makes a difference to this one!"

YOU who have already given, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who have shared this story, and giveaway with friends and family, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who have prayed in our behalf, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who have put our buttons on your blogs, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who have stretched yourselves to donate, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who are part of this journey with us, are making a difference for one child.....you are helping us literally save a life!

YOU are making a difference for this one!

We THANK YOU for what you have helped us with so far and pray that you will continue to spread the word about the giveaway that will change a life......the giveaway that will bring an orphan home!

****Here is the repost of the giveaway details*******

We are kicking off our fundraising for Kareen with an iPad giveaway!

iPad Giveaway for KAREEN!

Kareen is a 4 year old little girl with Down syndrome who was given up at birth and has lived in an orphanage in Eastern Europe ever since. In her country a child with special needs is only held in an orphanage until the age of 4 or 5 and is then transferred to an institution where conditions are bleak and offer little hope for living a fulfilling life. Kareen's story has touched our family, and we are committed to bring her home. The cost of international adoption is very high, and we could use your help!

Donate now through Saturday, February 5th, when one lucky person will receive a Brand New 16GB Wi-Fi iPad

For every $10 donated, you will be entered into a drawing for the iPad (i.e. $50 equals 5 entries). Also, if after donating, you advertise this giveaway on your blog or facebook, you will get an additional entry. Simply leave me a comment with your name and the link to your post.

Ways to Donate:

  • Go to www.kareensjourneyhome.blogspot.com and click the “Chip in “ button
  • Bring a check or cash by our home. You may email me at keciajcox@msn.com for our address.
  • Tax deductible donation (must leave me a comment with your name and donation amount to be entered into the giveaway, since this site is kept confidential) http://reecesrainbow.org/sponsorcox

Every dollar helps, and brings us closer to having our little angel home safe.

Thanks for your Support!!!

- Kris & Kecia Cox

***Feel free to grab one of the buttons from our sidebar for your own blogs***


  1. Good luck! May God bless your sweet family! I hope everything works out! I have posted this link on facebook and my blog and donated. I wish your family the best!

  2. Kecia, we are also thinking of and praying for your family and loved being able to chip in to such a wonderful cause. Your family's so beautiful and little Kareen seems like she fits right in. She is one loved little girl!

  3. Kecia, I posted a little link on my blog for ya! Hopefully you can meet your sweet girl soon and bring her HOME!

  4. Hello. I just wanted to say bless you and your family for bringing this sweet little girl home to her rightful home. I am a preschool teacher of children with special needs. It breaks my heart to read what happens to those sweet little ones once they age and are not adopted. I will be adding Kareen's button to my blog. I cannot wait for the day when y'all are able to bring her home to be with your family.

  5. Hi! I donated the last $10 I had and so WISH I had more to give! :( The best I can do is also try and post about your giveaway. Love ya and we are rooting for you guys.

  6. Facebooked it! Virginia Griffin Revoir :)

  7. I blogged about it here. ;)


  8. Hi Cuz - I just donated, FB'd (Ali Wehmann), and blogged (http://wehmanns.blogspot.com/2011/02/ipad-giveaway-for-my-new-cousin-kareen.html).

    Seriously, you are such an angel. Bless you and your sweet family, including Kareen! We are praying and cheering for you guys and are loving the blog updates.

    Please let me know if there's anything else I can do from afar. Thanks for always being an amazingly perfect example. Love you!

  9. I just donated. But if you draw our name, you don't need to buy the Ipad. Also, let me know when you are going to be home and I will bring by the voucher.

  10. I donated $20. Can't wait for you to get your Kareen home. This is such an amazing journey and it makes me get teary eyed just thinking about it!

  11. Kecia, this is so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for giving us the chance to donate. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you are in this adoption process!

  12. I donated $20 through Reece's Rainbow and I have posted this to my Facebook account. I hope and pray that you will soon be united with this precious little girl.

  13. Give her extra hugs and kisses for the rest of us!

  14. Such a beautiful story. We just wanted to let you know we posted this on our Face Book page. Best wishes in you adventure. xoxo -HowDoesShe.com

  15. Hi! I found you through "How Does She!" I'm so happy to be able to chip in for your sweet little girl!! My oldest daughter has Down Syndrome (she's 7) and I can't even imagine her being raised in an institution. You are making such an amazing difference for Kareen and I hope you are able to bring her home very soon!!!

  16. This is all SO amazing!!! Just wanted you to know that I donated $20. I'm so excited for you to get her home and I can't wait to meet her! (I tried to add the button to my blog, but couldn't get it to work. What am I doing wrong?)

  17. Congratulations on your new addition! I've just done a contribution and I can't wait for you to get your little angel. I'm Julie Dansie's aunt and I have the blessings of both being an adoptive mother and the aunt of the most wonderful Down's young man. There's nothing like the unconditional love a Down's child brings to a family. How blessed you are to have two of these little spirits in your home! It's alot of work but the rewards far outnumber the problems. Congratulations again, and I'll keep posted through Julie to see how everything goes for you! Best wishes . . .

  18. Congratulations and God bless you. Kareen is so beautiful and I just can't stop looking at those gorgeous eyes. I donated $20 and hope that God will bless it to bring your new daughter home soon.

  19. Donated $10.00 to Kareen for now. I have donated to her before you all were officially her family, and a little after through A Perfect Lily. SO GLAD to see your amazing family working toward bringing her home!

  20. Kecia, I love the starfish story. I will put this up on the blog, and was very glad to make a donation. Kareen is beautiful.

  21. Have been following this story since the first day Patti posted it. Donated before and now donated another $10 to your adoption fund. Posted it on my blog. Will be posting it on FB this afternoon. Praying for you guys and the whole process.

  22. I donated $10 to her adoption fund through your chip-in. I wish I had more, but the honest truth is that I don't. I gave to her fund several times before via Patti's blog - she is a precious child! I am trying to raise money for Simon (2H), and if I win, I am going to raffle it off, ie, pay it forward.

    I also blogged about it here: http://kozeefamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/give-little-get-lot.html

    I hope and pray that she comes home soon!!!

    God Bless, Julie

  23. I made a donation and I'm off to post a link on FB. Glad bless your journey to your sweet girl.

  24. Donated and posted to FB. Good luck and God bless!

  25. Chiped in a tiny bit to your FSP (wish we could do more right now...) and shared on FB. You're doing great! You need to update us with your total so far! How much till your goal is met?

  26. I just donated through Reece's Rainbow. I will email you to let you know how much was donated.

    Many Blessings,
    Amy P.

  27. Donated $20 and facebooking again! I can't wait to see those darling matching outfits of Kareen too!

  28. Hmmm I donated $10 from Patti's blog and tried to donate $10 more here but got an error... please e-mail me at kaylinsmommy@gmail.com to let me know if you did or didn't receive my donation. Thanks, and best wishes to you!!

  29. I did post on FB. Hopefully someone will come here and donate, or several someones would be better!!! :-)

  30. Hello there! I donated $20.00... I am hoping that you get her home sooo soon! She is beautiful and is forever blessed to be coming home to her sisters and family! Can't wait to see it all unfold! God bless

  31. Sent you an email via FB - donated and posted on FB. Kareen is a very lucky girl!

  32. Donated, posted a blog and shared the link on Facebook! http://theamazingellagrace.blogspot.com/2011/02/win-ipad.html

    I canNOT wait to see pictures of Kareen with her 3 beautiful sisters home and happy!!!!

  33. Ryan donated through Reece's Rainbow too. Best wishes and prayers are coming from him too!

  34. I donated through the chip in! I am so happy for little Kareen and your family. Praying that everything continues to move along smoothly and that your daughter is home soon! God is good!!!


  35. So happy for you guys and the success of this fundraiser. We cannot wait to meet Kareen!
    I also posted this on my facebook but I'm not sure how to send you the link.
    Love you guys!

  36. I've been praying for Kareen since Patti introduced me to her via Lily's blog. What a beautiful family you have, no doubt she will be a wonderful addition. The weekend almost slipped away from me, but I just made my donation this evening - better late than never! Blessings to you as you continue this journey to bring Kareen home!


  37. Just realized there was a chip-in...my donation was through Kareen's Reece's Rainbow page...


  38. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to donate. I wish I could have given you more. Reading about your family and what you are doing makes me cry. I'm so happy for Kareen. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that everything will happen quickly!

  39. i donated to Kareen!! so happy to see she has found a home :) praying for yall from VA !!