Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AAI Family and Friends Gathering

Saturday, April 9th 5:30-8:00PM

Herrimann Fort LDS Church

13381 South 6000 West, Herrimann

Please join Merrily Ripley, founder and director of Adoption Advocates International and local families who have adopted through AAI for a fun evening!

5:30-6:00PM AAI families meet and mingle with Merrily, and her family. She would love to meet children adopted through any and all of AAI’s programs and see how they are doing in their families!

6:00-7:00PM Potluck dinner (bring a family sized potluck item or items to share, paper products and drinks provided)

7:00-7:45PM Presentation and Q&A by Merrily- what is new in the world of international adoption and what can be done for the children who will remain in Ethiopia. (Activities provided for the children during the presentation.)

We are also doing a supply drive for Layla House/Opportunity House Orphanage in Ethiopia. We invite all who can to bring supplies for the children. We have a family travelling the following week to Ethiopia who will take the donations directly to the orphanage. Below is a list of the current needs:

Kirkland Brand infant formula from Costco

School supplies and toys for preschool age children (puzzles, memory games, play dough, markers, construction paper, pipe cleaners, glue sticks, kid scissors, simple craft materials, books, and kindergarten/1st grade level educational toys, etc.)

Cloth baby diapers and plastic diaper covers

Spread the word! We encourage you to invite extended family and friends who may be interested in adoption, especially of older children. This is a fun opportunity to meet other families who have or are adopting and see how the children are doing in their adoptive families.

Information will be provided about AAI’s humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia to preserve families, help the children who will remain in Ethiopia and ways to contact AAI after the event to make donations. A fundraiser dinner/auction to benefit the children is being planned for later this summer! Details coming soon!

When our hearts are united there is no limit to the good that can be accomplished in the lives of these precious children!

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