Monday, March 14, 2011

Leaves of Love

Posted by Angie at 7:02 AM
Are you looking for a fun, beautiful, and (perhaps most importantly) a successful adoption fundraiser?  Imagine a tree, brown and branching.  Each leaf is a fingerprint, accompanied by a signature.  Imagine it framed on the wall of your future child's room.  A reminder of the love, the tears, the joy, and the work that went into getting your special child home.  (Adoption brings a whole new meaning to "labor pains," doesn't it?!)  You can see it now: this tree, overflowing with the fingerprints of family, friends, and colleagues, each accompanied by their signature.  This tree is going to take your breath away every time you walk past the room.  Your child is going to be able to look up and see all the people who loved him or her even before he or she arrived home.
Something like this?
Or this?
or maybe this?!

{For those of you who may be new to the blog, hi!  My hubby and I are having our first child.  But...we're not pregnant!  We are adopting from Taiwan.  And we are so excited.}

Like most families who decide to adopt, we were haunted by fears of financing.  How could we afford an international adoption?  The need is so great, but so is the cost.  We discovered that we were not alone.  Most adopting families wrestle with these fears, these struggles, these doubts.  I jumped from one fundraising scheme to another.  We've tried auctions, selling jewelry, just plain asking for donations.  Each scheme has various levels of success.  Nevertheless, we wanted to do something more.  We wanted to raise money not just for ourselves, but for others.

Looooong story a little shorter, we have paired with a fabulous designer, Love from the Thumb, to create Leaves of Love Adoption Kits!

How will that help you raise money?  In all sorts of ways!  Each kit comes with the tree of your choice, empty and ready to be filled with fingerprints.  Maybe you are adopting from Africa and love this design:
The prints come in two sizes, either 11x17 (holds approximately 50-65 signatures) or 24x36 (holds approximately 100-150 signatures).  Printed on high quality paper with Epson HDR Inks.
You kit also comes with these:
A Custom Ink Pack!  Contains a four pack of Tsukineko Momento Inks and a fine tip black marker. The ink pack comes with four inks, three shades of green and one red (for parents to make a heart in the center of the country).  The inks come in a wooden display case customized with the phrase "one less" in honor of your adoption. The perfect keepsake to hold and display your inks!

What can you do with these trees?  Here are some ideas to get you started!

1. A letter writing campaign. First, take a picture of your naked tree.  Then, in a big, bold, colorful font at the top of your letter write the slogan of your campaign.  Maybe it will be:
  • "Leaf" a sign of love for our future little one.
  • Help!  Our tree is NAKED!
  • We have fall-en in love with a baby halfway across the world.
  • The Smith family is blossoming and we need your help!
  • Would you like to be a part of our family tree?
Then, lovingly explain your adoption and humbly ask for a donation, no matter how big or small.  Explain that with each donation, you will add a thumbprint to the tree and sign their name.  Keep it simple or make it even more creative by assigning ink colors to donation amounts.  After receiving their donation, mail them a thank you with a picture of their "leaf" and name.  

Do you have a blog?  Fabulous!  Take pictures of your tree and sell leaves online.  You can post a new picture of your tree each month to show your readers how your tree is growing and encourage them to take part!

Get your church involved!  Find a secure place to leave your tree and a piggy bank.  Or, bring it with you and place it in the lobby or fellowship hall each Sunday morning or Wednesday night.  Make an announcement about your tree.  Advertise for it in the bulletin.  Bring it to Sunday school classes.  Invite members of your church to make donations and leave their fingerprints.  Here's a fun twist:  ask them to write their favorite bible verse by their fingerprint.

4.  Incorporate the tree into all your other fundraising efforts.  Place a print on your tree for every t-shirt or coffee bag you sell.  Set it on a table when you have a bake sale, garage sale, or benefit concert.   Add prints for online auction bidders, necklaces sold, or socks knitted.  The sky is the limit!  

 *   *   * might be thinking...this is all really great, Future Mama, but we aren't adopting!  Or we already adopted!  NO PROBLEM!  Can't you see this tree filled with the prints of your children hanging in your living room?  Or a gotcha day gift?  Or the perfect gift for loving grandparents who have it all?  LOVE MAKES A FAMILY, NO MATTER HOW YOUR FAMILY WAS CREATED!  Get creative!  These kits are SO affordable! 

I could talk on and on about this.  I have about 3 dozen more pictures of the trees I could add to this post.  I could just gush on and on about how excited I am!  But I hold myself back now and tell you...just go check out the website!  We have SO much more information there, as well as order information.  

I would love to hear what ya'll think of these!  I have been so excited about them ever since this post.  My prayer is that these kits will help dozens and dozens of families bring their children home.  There are well over 147 million orphans in the world.  Let's see how many families we can make!!

Much love,
an ecstatic Future Mama


Natalie on March 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM said...

This is an awesome idea! :) I wish you guys the best of luck. Maybe you should do a leaf fundraiser too. :)

Future Mama on March 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM said...

Natalie, We totally are! I am sooooo excited about it. I know we want the large size, but I can't decide if I like the Taiwan tree or the Heart tree better. We are ordering this week!!!!

Ldljensen said...

I love this Idea. My husband and I are just starting our process for adopting and we are def. going to use this to help us fundraise.

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