Friday, October 31, 2014

Five for Friday Series: The Scarlet Threads Story

As we were working and preparing for the upcoming busy season here at Scarlet Threads, we began to discuss the purpose of the work…reasons why Scarlet Threads exists as well as the reasons it should continue to. We narrowed our conversation down to five purposes…five succinct statements that embody who we are and why we do what we do. We wanted to share the heart behind Scarlet Threads with you all, so we have put together a "Five for Friday" series, which will continue each Friday over the next several weeks. Our first installment was from Carrie, taking you back to the beginning of Scarlet Threads, and our first purpose of empowering artisans through employment! Meredith is sharing today about the our heart for orphan care and the ways Scarlet Threads works towards that, especially this month. Check back next Friday for our third "Five for Friday" post!

Purpose #2: Orphan Care

It seems so natural to me, so fitting, that orphan care is included in Scarlet Threads' mission. Knowing the history of Scarlet Threads, the hearts of women behind it, and the close connection with a special needs foster home very near and dear to all of us, the choice to include orphan care in Scarlet Threads' vision just made sense. We will talk more about our commitment to adoption, through our apron fundraising kits, in the weeks to come, but as November is National Adoption Month, we wanted to highlight this special part of our mission. 

Our founder, Carrie McKean, and her husband Jacob lived and worked at New Day Foster Home, a special needs foster home outside of Beijing, for four years. Scarlet Threads was started in that same village during the time they were there. I was an intern at New Day several years back, and after completing my internship, my family ended up adopting a sweet little girl with a severe congenital heart defect, who was cared for and loved by New Day. As is more than apparent, we have very close ties with New Day, and are committed to working with them as much as we are able to help them in their mission to bring hope to the hopeless and the fatherless home. Many of their children have severe medical needs, and New Day is committed to providing surgeries, medications, and therapies needed. We have partnered with them for the last several years to help raise funds for surgeries or medications. Last year, you all helped us raise $7,580.00 to cover the cost of anti-rejection medications for 2 children for several months. The year before that, our little community was able to raise $5,000.00. We have plans to do the same and MORE this year! 

The story comes full circle. Last year, two children needing anti-rejection medications were very very sick. This year, they are doing incredibly well, both are matched with forever families of their own, and will be joining them soon. We want to be a part of continuing this circle of hope. Joining the orphan care movement does truly make a difference. Lives are impacted and hope rises. 

This month, we will be featuring guest bloggers discussing all sorts of topics within the orphan care/adoption realm…from special needs adoptions, to mission trips, to orphan prevention programs. We would love if you would follow along with us this month and discuss with us some of the prevalent issues surrounding orphan care! If you have a topic or idea you would like to bring up or see discussed, please email and we will fit it in! 

We will also be hosting a fundraiser for New Day Foster Home this month! This year, we want to raise the funds needed so a sweet little boy named Eli can get the heart surgery he needs! He is oh so precious and oh so blue…and we would just LOVE to see those little lips and toes turn bright pink! We will be launching that on Monday, so stay tuned for details! 

Photo from New Day Foster Home
Orphan care is so important, and it is truly at the forefront of Scarlet Threads' mission and business. We want to be wise in the way we approach and discuss it, and want you all to join us in the mission. Will you? Let's fight to make a difference together. 

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