Great news brings huge smiles to our faces. Today held news like this. Remember little DXX from China? She was officially adopted on Monday! Here she is with her forever family (she is in pink). Aren't they beautiful? This is EXACTLY why we fund medical care for orphans in China - so they can enjoy improved health for the rest of their lives AND have a better chance of adoption. We wish DXX and her family a lifetime of happiness. Thank you all for your support of this precious child.
The Red Thread Promise wants to thank Global Giving and all our donors for helping to make this possible.
As a charitable organization, The Red Thread Promise works hard to let others know exactly what we do: helping needy children with disabilities in the United States through Jacob’s Fund. We do our best to explain hippotherapy -- a new term to many – and how therapy delivered on a horse opens new worlds for children, far beyond the limits of therapy in a clinical setting. We often speak of the bond between the child and the horse.
Today we’d like to focus on our deepest reason for why we do what we do: small victories. We rejoice in the milestones of physical development that each child reaches; we’re brought to tears when a child speaks for the first time; and we whoop with joy when a wheelchair-bound kid takes steps on his own.
Kyle, a Jacob’s Fund ridership recipient, loves his horse and his hippotherapy sessions. His excitement is palpable when he steps out of the car at Hilltop Equestrian Center and heads straight for the barn. His vocalization has improved, and he’s able to stay on task longer during hippotherapy sessions. These are some of the physical, observable changes. Kyle’s accomplishments come close to the heart of why we do what we do at Jacob’s Fund.
But outward signs don’t tell the whole story.
The real story is told inside families, in the everyday events with moms and dads and brothers and sisters whose lives are entwined with these special children, children like Kyle.
We think these photos say more than any words we could write. They give a tiny glimpse into Kyle’s world with his family and underline why we all work together to bring hope and healing to kids like him.
Kyle’s parents shared this photo and message with us:
Occasionally Kaylie asks to sleep with her bubby as she did tonight, and this is how I found them sleeping. So precious! She is at times saddened, of course, with Kyle's disabilities, but I'm so proud of her. She's wise beyond her years and cares for him almost like a mother.
Here, in the heart of a family, we are reminded of a scrap of scripture: that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly.
Helping children have a more abundant life – yes, that’s what Jacob’s Fund is all about.
Coordinating the evening meal for 77 people is challenging in the states, but even more so in Haiti. Our team met that challenge last week, bringing another nutritious, balanced meal—full of protein and fresh vegetables—for the permanent residents and staff of St. Vincent’s Center For Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince.
And what a feast the talented cooks prepared! Riz national (Haiti’s national dish of savory beans and rice), crispy chicken, sos ti malice (a delicious tomato and onion sauce), banan peze (fried plantains) and a medley of root vegetables completed the menu. We were ready to break bread with the kids!
The usual bumps in the road slowed the process to a crawl: our driver got caught up in the airport chaos, a new driver and vehicle had to be secured, and the Port-au-Prince traffic was typical – slow and rough! But our desire to see the folks at St. Vincent’s prevailed and we were soon knocking on the gate.
What fun it was to be mobbed by dozens of beautiful smiling faces. Like much anticipated family members after a long absence, hugs abounded when we stepped inside St. Vincent’s. Deaf children signed greetings; blind kids heard our voices and came to us; children in wheelchairs rolled over for a hug. It was a sight for sure, one that filled us with joy.
Our team prepared the meal while St. Vincent's staff helped secure bowls and spoons. Everyone assembled in one of the classrooms to bless the food and dig in. Our team was both humbled and honored to serve these truly exceptional kids.
We continue to raise funds to restore full meal service to St. Vincent's, where Haiti's social stigma keeps the kids "out of sight, out of mind". Thank you so much for your continued support.