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My family needs some practical help. I wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important.
On Monday my wife and I learned that a family member of ours had just lost custody of her kids with the real chance they would be put into foster care. Within hours Rai (my wife) flew to Kentucky to make sure that didn’t happen and to help guide our family through this tough time.
As you may know, our oldest daughter is adopted and we’ve done all that we can to care for children in need.
We’ve decided that we will love and care for 5 month old baby Ethan. He doesn’t really have any other options. He is a sweet boy and the past 5 months have already been much harder than he understands. Rai and I have seen too many boys and men in our families fail and we see too many boys and men in our community fail. This is our way of taking a stand.
It’s sudden. We hardly have space. We don’t have any furniture. He doesn’t have clothes. We don’t have bottles, formula, diapers, etc. Our budget is so tight. I spent our car bill money to fly Rai & Savannah out there…but I believe with all of my heart that this is the right thing to do.
The central bible verse of my life for the past year is James 1:27, “Authentic Faith in the eyes of God is caring for widows and orphans.” This is us honoring this verse. I want authentic faith. I want you to have it too.
We have several VERY PRACTICAL and urgent needs. Normally we have 9 months to prepare for a baby. We’ve only had a few hours. I am in a real hurry so I will post our needs here and update this list throughout the day as I have time.
1. I need help flying Rai and our baby Savannah back to Orange County (or LA) today/tonight if possible. Ethan won’t need a ticket. They are in Lexington, Kentucky (LEX) and we live closest to Orange County (SNA) but they could also fly into LAX. A few flights are available on Delta. Some are available on American and US Airways. Could you buy the tickets? Do you have points? Anything? If so, please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU.
UPDATE :: One of U stepped up and got tickets for them to come home TONIGHT!! THANK U!!
2. Here is a baby registry we rushed. These are all serious needs. Please mail the things directly to our house. We will add other items soon! Our address is included in the link above. UPDATE :: You all got EVERY item on the registry! THANK U!
3. We need a ton of clothes. He hardly has any at all. Old Navy has a great sale going on right now w/ 30% off and free shipping. I trust you to get great clothes for Ethan.
When choosing sizes, we are picking 9 months, then 9-12 months, or 6-12 months.
Please mail them to: Shaun King, 18842 Teller Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612-1615
Thank you all so much!!!
Oh yeah… PRAY!!