The following message is from Amy Rainey, the wonderful woman who has been coordinating the every-other-monthly Hidden Treasures online fundraiser auctions for more than two years now.
For those who are new here, the Hidden Treasures auctions were begun in October, 2011, to help bring children with special needs home from the baby house in Pleven, Bulgaria. There are just a few auctions left, and this one comes just in time for gift-giving, so don’t miss out!
December’s auction will help my dear friend Grace Knuth raise funds to bring home her SECOND child from Pleven! Samantha Love Knuth came home from Pleven fifteen months ago, and both she and Grace have been changed forever by the miracle of her redemption.
How can I resist showing you this miracle? See for yourself!
Here is Grace on her first trip to see 7 year old Samantha in April of 2012, a month before the new director was set in place over the orphanage. Sam had been isolated, abused, and neglected, unloved to an extreme degree~
Here is 7 1/2 year old Samantha when Grace brought her home in August, 2012; the new director had been in charge for 3 months~
And here are a few photos of Samantha now, at 8 1/2 years old!
Please read on to find out more about a fun way to help Grace bring home her next hidden treasure, fourteen-year-old Tony!
In just a little over a week, we will be kicking off our auction to help bring sweet Tony home!
This is a great time to shop for Christmas gifts!
As such, we will be asking all donors to ship their items within 48 hours of receiving a winner’s mailing address, in hopes that those Christmas gifts will arrive in time for the holiday.
Right now, we need auction items!
I know this is a busy season, especially with our auction kicking off just days after Thanksgiving. I want to encourage you to send photos of your donated items now, so that you won’t have to worry about it while the turkey is in the oven. I also would like to make a few suggestions for easy ways to donate this month.
1) Gift Cards- They are always popular, especially this time of year. Winners can give them as gifts, or use them to buy gifts. They can be physical gift cards, which only cost the price of a stamp to mail, or e-gift cards, which cost nothing to mail.
2) Online Gift Certificates- In the past, donations have come from companies like Shari’s Berries and Cheryl’s Cookies. There are many companies that specialize in sending gifts directly like this, Harry & David, Sockgrams, Pajamagrams, The Popcorn Factory, etc. Usually the winner will tell the donor where to have the items shipped, and the donor places the order.
3) Etsy Gift Certificates– Everyone loves Etsy as a source of unique gifts. Etsy now offers Gift Certificates that many of their sellers are willing to accept.
4) Items ordered directly from Amazon– I’ve done this donation myself. If you have a Prime membership, shipping directly to the winner is free. So, for example, you might select a fun Christmas DVD as a donation. Then, when the time is right, simply go to Amazon and order the DVD and have it shipped directly to the winner. There are thousands of fun choices available from DVDs to toys; from jewelry to books.
Of course, we always love listing handcrafted items, children’s items, etc.
Every single donation is important and will make a difference in the life of our Terrific Tony!
Thank you, thank you! May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Yes, this very small child is fourteen years old! I got to see him almost every day when visiting Tommy in January. Sweet-natured Tony loves to dance and he gives the best hugs! I can hardly wait to see him home with Grace and Sam where he belongs!