There are many ways you can help us raise the funds necessary for our adoption, which comes to about $20,000 including adoption fees, lawyers, fees to complete home study and documentation, and airfare. Clint and I have been able to save and fundraise $7,000 so far but as you can see we are still need about about $13,000. Asking for help is never easy and we want to thank all of you who have already shown us such amazing generosity. Thank you's will never feel like enough for helping us begin our family!!!
Heres how you can help:
Donate items for our garage sale or for online auctions (dates coming soon). This can be things like homemade crafts, furniture, children's toys and clothes, electronics, or anything really. If you have items you would like to donate, please email me and we will arrange a way to get them.
Donate online through our PayPal button on our blog. It's fast, easy and secure. Click on the "Donate" button on the right side our blog (as of right now our donate button is down so all donations online will need to go through the Forever Young Foundations Donation Page).
Any donation of over $50 will receive a handmade Ghanian necklace as a token of our appreciation that you can wear proudly as a reminder of how you helped bring our daughters home.
Donate through the Forever Young Foundation. You can check out the Forever Young Foundation's website where they have so kindly agree to accept donations towards our cause for those who would like to make a tax-deductible donations through a non-profit organization. You can make your check out to Forever Young Foundation and mail to the address listed above (1501 E. Mineral Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234) or just click on the "donate" button on their website http://www.foreveryoung.org/donations.html but please make sure to indicate that it is for the Probst Adoption Fund. This money will be used toward adoption expenses. All contributors receive a tax receipt for their donation.
Donate by cash or check. Checks can be mailed to 1501 E. Mineral Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234 and written out to Clinton and Calli Probst to be put in our private adoption account. A cash or check donation is always welcome as it will all go towards adoption expenses and won't have to cover any PayPal fees!
Spread the word. The more people who hear our adoption story the more people we get involved in helping us bring them home. It helps our cause when you share our story, video, and blog on your facebook, blog, email, pinterest, or by word of mouth. The more hits we have on our blog (and followers) the higher up it moves on the google search, which means more people will hear about how they can help us bring our kids home.
Help us with a fundraiser. We have had a few fundraisers including a benefit concert, Swiss Days parking, and necklace sales. We also plan to do some silent auctions, a massive garage sale, and other possible fundraisers. If you are interested in giving your time and/or skills toward these things or other possible events, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want you to know how grateful we are for any help you give toward our adoption. We also want to be ethical and transparent about how we use the money that is given to us so that you can be sure your money is going where you intended.
Here are a few things we want you to know when you donate to our adoption fund:
Money donated through our PayPal account (the "Donate" buttons on our blog) is subject to a PayPal fee of 2.9% + $0.30 for each transaction if paid by credit card. This means that for $10 donated to our adoption fund, we only see $9.41 of it. We feel these fees are totally worth the ease, security and accessibility that PayPal offers, but we want you to know that a portion of your donation will go toward these fees. If you have a PayPal balance or a bank account set up on your PayPal account, these fees can be avoided.
We have set up a separate bank account specifically for our adoption donations. We want to be sure there is no confusion between our day-to-day money and the money you have given us specifically to fund our adoption. Our PayPal account is linked to this bank account and any other donations will also be deposited directly into this account.
Should we find ourselves unable to proceed with these adoptions at any point, we will donate any money in our adoption fund to continue to sponsor Isaac's, Manny's, and Rhoda's (the 3 children we first attempted to adopt and plan to always continue to help) school fees and to help us fund a future adoption. We are very hopeful that this adoption will end in our two beautiful daughters coming home but want you to know that the money in our adoption fund will be put toward helping us start our family through adoption, no matter what.
Should you ever want to know details of the costs associated with adoption, please do not hesitate to ask. We promise to keep excellent track of every penny spent in this process so that we can be responsible for your generosity.
We are so thankful for your willingness to help these children and all your support!