Change A Life

For: Latvian Orphans
Evanston, IL
Organizer: Juliet, Kevin and Dace
of $6,000 goal
77% Complete
Raised by 42 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Do you want to change a child's life? We did. In 2013, we took in three orphans. We parented and loved them alongside our own three kids for almost two months. The experience was amazing. It taught our children the value of family, of sharing and of compassion. We were are devastated when the hosting ended and the children returned to Latvia.

During the year, we explored adoption but the cost of internationally adopting three children, plus the financial necessity (by state law) of creating an addition to our home, was too much (over $300,000!) Instead, we hosted them again. 

That summer, Juliet began having seizures and was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Her medical costs and the money we need for Jacob's entry into college have made the hosting program prohibitive for this year. So we brainstormed a new plan. This summer, we are hoping to pay for the kids and the foster parents to visit America together! The foster parents are a wonderful couple who are poor farmers that have never traveled outside of Latvia. Our good friend Dace Kezbers will put the family up in an apartment for free while the children stay with us for two weeks. This is a more maneageable time frame for Juliet's health and allows for the foster parents to be American tourists for two weeks!  Plus, our only cost will be the plane tickets, food and clothing.  

Do you want to change the lives of three children? Help us raise enough to bring them back to visit their American family this summer. The love and connection we provide, coupled with the foster parent's kindness, allows Mairita, Toms and Tomass to have a network of support.  

They deserve this and you can give it to them.

The cost of one plane ticket is $1,100.00
The cost of groceries for a week is $800.00
The cost of clothing for one child during their stay is $200.00

Do you have airline miles to donate?

Do you have a gift certificate to send the foster parents to a nice restaurant while they are here?

Any dollar amount is welcome. Thank you so much!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 2, 2015

Posted on June 2, 2015

We are in tears this morning over the outpouring of support from friends, family and strangers who cared enough to make this summer a reality for our family and for the Latvian family we have made a lifetime commitment to. With your support, Mairita (16), Toms (14), and Tomass (8), will be here from July 28th to August 11th. In addition, their fabulous foster parents will be staying nearby, enjoying some well-deserved sight-seeing, R&R and American/Latvian fellowship.

To thank you all, we would love for you to join us for a Latvian picnic at our home (1711 Harrison in Evanston, IL) on August 9th at 12:00pm.
Come, meet the kids, and see why we love them!

With all of our love,
Juliet, Kevin, Dace, Jacob, Lilly and Casey

Posted on March 24, 2015

Posted on March 24, 2015

Hi everyone!
We are getting closer to our goal. It will soon be time to pay for the plane tickets and begin organizing the details around the kid's and foster parent's activities once they are here. Anything we don't raise will come out of our savings. We are so appreciative of your generous support! 

If by any chance, you are willing to share our story, it might generate the remainder of the funds we need to buy the plane tickets. Please consider sharing the fundraiser with the people you know.

Some of you have already done this and it works!

Lots of love,
Juliet and Kevin

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