It’s been a little while since I’ve posted this face, but we can’t forget. In case you missed it, there has been a lot of unrest in the Ukraine over the last few weeks. Thankfully, this boy has yet to be impacted, despite the fact that the orphanage where he is living is just across the peninsula from Crimea, where the majority of the unrest happens to be unfolding. What does this mean? Well, it means we still have a chance here, to make Sasha’s summer a memorable one, to get him out a country on the brink of war (though I hope it doesn’t come to that…) and bring him somewhere he can thrive.
Last week, we gave away $100 in cash, and the lovely girl who won (toobusyforthis) told me to go ahead and donate it instead. This week, we are giving away $50 in Fandango movie gift certificates, OR two $25 giftcards to any Carrabas or Darden (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, among others) restaurant. All it takes from you is $1! ONE DOLLAR. Donate ONE DOLLAR and change a kid’s life! Give him the chance to be loved, to learn things about the world, to ride a roller coaster for the first time, to go to the movies, to go to the zoo, to go to museums, to do any number of things we all take for granted.
Because the alternative…Well. I wish the alternative was just that he’d live a boring summer in his orphanage. I wish so badly that were true. But no, the truth is, he’ll be shipped of to a Ukrainian “summer camp”, which, for orphans, is essentially a concentration camp. At best, they are starved, dehydrated, locked up and alone. At worst, they are abused, by other campers (non-orphans), by the ADULTS who are meant to be SUPERVISING, and taunted and teased and told how worthless and useless they are. Every single day. All summer. I won’t stand for that. Will you?