We’ve been in fundraising mode like crazy lately! It’s a lot of work but it will be worth it to bring home these sweet babies. The last time I shared about our embryo adoption fundraisers, we only had three that were active. You can read about those here: Our Embryo Adoption Fundraisers. Since then, we’ve added SEVEN more, and today I’m going to share them! If anything, this should help give others ideas on how to raise money for adoption, no matter what kind of adoption they’re pursuing.
Between those three fundraisers, plus the first one I’m about to share, plus the amount we are setting aside off each paycheck we receive, we will officially have half what we need by October 15! HALF! I’m so hopeful that between the remaining fundraisers and what we set aside will help us raise the second half by transfer time!
Before I share these, let me preface this by saying that we have the BEST tribe of supporters. You honestly never realize how many people are cheering you on until you start being transparent and humbly ask for help. We’ve had people come forward and offer to host fundraisers on our behalf, and not all are going to be the biggest moneymakers, but they all matter. Not only the funds raised, but the heart behind them matter so much to us! I don’t care if it’s $20 raised… that’s $20 we didn’t have that covers some part of this embryo adoption process. We are so thankful for every dollar, every prayer, every word of encouragement we receive.
Also, I have to give a shoutout to my sweet friend Blair who sent me the most generous Erin Condren gift card [use that link to get $10 off your first order!] so I was able to pick out an amazing 15-month planner to help me keep all of these fundraisers and appointments organized from October 2019 to December 2020! I hope and pray that this planner will be the one to keep forever that chronicles how we got these babies and my hopeful pregnancy! So not only have our friends and family been generous with our fundraising, but they have helped fill other needs like this! It’s been so humbling.
Okay, so I’m done rambling. 🙂 Here are our newest fundraisers for our embryo adoption:
October Embryo Adoption Fundraisers
Some friends of ours have asked us to pet sit their sweet dog while they go on vacation, and not only are we excited to temporarily add another furbaby to the house for 10 days, but this is such a FUN way to raise money for our embryo adoption. Considering I work from home, this is so easy for us to do! He’s coming to us crate trained just like Waldo, and we look forward to loving on him as if he’s ours during that time. It’ll be fun having another dog in the house. Waldo will be ecstatic for the extra playtime!
A couple of kids (one of which is a former classmate of Zoey’s) offered to host a bake sale on our behalf for their Junior Beta Club service project! Talk about a tear-jerker! These sweet kids are taking it upon themselves to bake the items, sell them, and even deliver for us. I literally started crying when their mom told me the plan. It’s just so sweet! No pun intended…
When I finally decided to pursue an auction, I had 20 very generous donations lined up within the first 24 hours, one of which was from a larger company that I order from all the time. I couldn’t believe it! I went out on a limb and decided to reach out to companies I love, just to see if they would say yes, and I was so thrilled when the first one very quickly and enthusiastically said yes! So if you’re about to embark on this journey, don’t be afraid to ask both small businesses and larger companies that you love and buy from all the time. Believe me, it gives me anxiety to ask for donations, but the worst they can say is “no”, and it’s not like it hurts me in any way. I just move on to the next opportunity! But the true heroes here are the small businesses… they work so hard to make a living doing what they do, and believe me when I say that they are the most generous of the bunch!
Our Instagram auction is October 21-23 and you can follow it here: Wallace Embryo Adoption Auction on Instagram.
Travel Agent Commission
My sweet friend April is one of those people who has been supportive since the beginning of my infertility journey, which is over a decade at this point. She paid attention to every follicle ultrasound appointment leading up to my pregnancy with Zoey and has continued to be supportive over the years, but not only is she supportive, but she also has a genuine interest in the medical side of things.
April is a travel agent, and between now and November 30, she has offered half her commission to go towards our embryo adoption! So here’s the thing: it doesn’t cost you anything extra to use a travel agent to book your travel. Nothing. Their commissions come from the travel destination companies, so all you do is get someone to help you book your vacation for free and can still support our embryo adoption. She can help with flights, car rental, scooters, strollers, etc. She’s got you covered. Just make sure if you book with her you tell her it’s for the Wallace adoption!
Contact April: email@example.com
November Embryo Adoption Fundraisers
In early November, we are hosting a chili lunch at our church. Once again, our church family has been very generous in trying to help us do this event, between offering to make chili, to providing crockpots and their time, they’ve been wonderful. Instead of selling tickets for a set price, we decided to do this on a donation basis and just ask people to pay whatever they’re comfortable paying to take their family out to eat after church on a Sunday. This could backfire and we may end up with more chili than we need since we won’t have a headcount, but whoever said leftover chili was a bad thing? As long as we have enough, that’s all that matters to me. My prayer is that we can raise a little money, enjoy the fellowship (especially if everyone wears their shirts!), and that no one leaves hungry.
Santa Photo Session
If you didn’t know, my mother-in-law and father-in-law are the real Mr. and Mrs. Claus! 😉 No really, it’s true! Here’s proof…
They do a lot of Santa appearances and photo sessions the last couple of months of the year, and they always donate proceeds to some sort of mission or ministry in the area. This year, it’s us! Again, talk about tears. What a fun way to raise some money for our embryo adoption!
If you’re local and want to participate in this, here is the event on Facebook: Santa & Mrs. Claus Mini Sessions
December Embryo Adoption Fundraiser
Origami Owl Jewelry Bar
If there is one thing embryo adoption does: it brings people together and forms new friendships! Someone really sweet reached out to me and offered to host an Origami Owl jewelry bar fundraiser for us. I chose December because that’s Christmas shopping season and these jewelry pieces would make the most amazing, sentimental gifts. I’ll be sure to update this post and share more info on social media once that’s available, including a link to how to order online!
So as you can tell between this post and the last one, we’re up to TEN fundraisers and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s such an honor to have so many people support us. When you go through something like this, you realize just how blessed you are. You’re not going through the storm alone. So many people are ready and willing to carry the burden with you and it’s truly an honor. Yes, there is radio silence from some, and that can be really surprising, but also should be expected. I’m not talking about in terms of financial support, but verbal support. Again, when you go through something like this, that is when you realize where your support comes from. And when we bring these babies home, we’ll be able to tell them proudly exactly who helped. That will be such a sweet day.