Sometimes it takes a child to clarify the complex

Posted on January 6, 2012

Five-year-old Katherine, watched over by her loyal dog, Bear.

We just received a kick-start-to-the-New-Year letter from 5-year-old Katherine.  Although penned by her mom, Katherine’s kindergarten signature was at the bottom.  Here is what she said:

Dear Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption,

My name is Katherine. I just turned 5 years old. I watched a movie recently about a young boy who was an orphan. The movie bothered me and I couldn’t stop thinking (or talking) about the little boy with no family.

I woke up one morning and decided I was going to do something to help that little boy who didn’t have a family. I made a sign that said, ‘Money for Orphans,’ set up my table and chair in the driveway, snuggled into my warm coat, hat and gloves, and sat outside for two and a half hours while Mommy watched me from the window. Of course, Mommy needed to bring me a mug of hot cocoa and a snack because it was cold. I collected $19 that day!

Soon, a lot of people heard about what I was doing and who I was raising the money for and decided to chip in, too. I am very proud to present you with a check for $88.77 to help you find a loving home for all the boys and girls out there that need one. I hope each of them find a family that loves, supports and completes them the way mine does for me.

Thank you for all that you do.



If young Katherine can see the issue, get motivated, create a solution and act on it, then there is simply no justifiable reason for any of us to ignore the needs of children waiting to be adopted. Sometimes it takes a child to clarify the complex, to illumniate the obvious and to move us all to care. Katherine did that for me. You?



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