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Numerous sources are reporting that the two Presidential candidates spent close to $2 billion on their combined campaigns. Add to that the amounts spent by every local politician - senators, sheriffs, etc - who were on the ballot yesterday, and the amount is truly staggering. All this money was donated by someone - either to a political party, the candidates themselves, or to a PAC. I get that advertising costs money, as does travel and swanky parties for election night.
But as I sat here last night after putting Pumpkin to bed, and wondering when we'll get "The Call" from our adoption agency about a placement, I couldn't help thinking about other ways that $2 billion could be spent.
According to foodfororphans.org, $92 will feed an orphan one meal a day for an entire year. If people contributed the same amount of money to orphan care as they do to presidential campaigns, we could feed 21,739,130 orphans for an entire year.
Or, with average adoption costs around $30,000 (Adoptive Families Cost and Timing of Adoption Survey), that same money could help create forever families for 66,666 orphans.
It breaks my heart to think of the millions of orphans around the world who went to sleep last night hungry, lonely, and afraid. A dear friend and I are starting a nonprofit organization to help adoptive families with the costs of adoption. As adoptive mothers ourselves, we know how hard the road can be. We believe that the cost of adoption should never prevent a willing couple from opening their home to a child in need of a forever family.
We have to finish fundraising for our own adoptions before we start fundraising for the nonprofit, so there's no conflict of interest. But I'm confident that if people can donate over $2 billion dollars to political campaigns, they'll find it in their hearts to donate to a truly worthy, life-changing cause. I'm excited to see what God will do with it.
If you feel compelled to help orphans, one way to help is by donating to a worthy charity that helps provide food, shelter, or medical care for orphans. Two organizations I like are foodfororphans.org and 127millionsorphans.org. Or, prayerfully consider helping someone who know who's adopting to raise the money they need. Volunteer to help with their fundraisers, donate money to their cause, or pray for them.
Everyday, I dream about the 2 children who are not yet part of our physical family, but who are growing in my heart day by day. I pray that we get the call soon so our family can be complete. And I pray for the millions of orphans worldwide to find loving, forever families.