As the year comes to a close, we're all thinking a little more about time and meaning--about what we've done this year, what we hope to do with our time in the coming year, and about what's really important.
This year marks 19 years of doing our bit to care for abandoned children in China. We feel incredibly thankful and blessed for all of those children and for all of you friends and supporters. More than ever, I'm so grateful for the chance to share our gifts, talents, and time with these kids.
By year end, we will have helped about 160 new children this year and around 650 children since we re-started the Little Flower care efforts in the spring of 2009. January 1 of this upcoming year will also mark the end of our first year as "Chunmiao Little Flower," and I feel such a deep affection for all of our colleagues at the Beijing Chunmiao Children's Aid Foundation. For the first time since we started this effort so many years ago, I feel like we are finally having an effect on the issue of child abandonment at the source--poor families who feel like they have no options. Our Chunmiao medical team and social workers are changing that attitude in local Chinese villages and really engaging people in the countryside.
I read recently that 70% of all donations to charitable causes happen between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. We need your support to continue our work, and you still have a week to help us if you feel inspired to do so!
Thank you all, and blessings for 2014!
- Brent, Serena and the Little Flower Family