Please take a minute and read this one to the end, friends.
Since then I’ve done everything in my power to get these on their way. Stat. Honestly, there’s nothing like 24 t-shirt filled bins, lining your bedroom walls, to get you up and at ’em in the morning.
And, I am happy to say, this afternoon I folded my last t-shirt. Taped my last tissue paper. And mailed my last package.
Okay, it wasn’t really the last package. Just the last package I could ship right now.
Because it just couldn’t be that easy.
Turns out that there was a significant number of shirts that were mis-printed and, until Monday when I began running out of a few sizes prematurely, I had no idea. Thankfully, our printer is a great guy and he was able to get in touch with production and get to the bottom of it all quickly. So, while we are out of some shirts and there are still about 50 orders pending, there will be new shirts printed and packaged and shipped.
It will just be a few more weeks.
The upside of this (the optimist in me is always looking for the upside) is that our printer has allowed us to add any additional heart Found shirts that we’d like. And I know that lots of y’all had emailed and messaged me that you’d wanted to get a Found tee for yourself or your kiddo, but had missed the deadline. Well, consider this your chance.
So if you would like to get another, it’s basically the same as before.
1. Complete the short form to let me know who you are and what shirts you would like.
2. Then go to our You Caring page to donate. We are requesting a minimum donation of $20 per child’s shirt and $25 per women’s shirt – shipping is free.
A few please-take-a-second-to-read notes:
While we did meet our fundraising goal – hallelujah! – we are still not home from China with our girl, yet. And $36,000 on a thermometer does not equal $36,000 in our adoption fund. $11,000 was spent on t-shirts. $1500 was spent on shipping. And our projected expenses from this point on are $24,500. (I will share more of the specifics of our fundraising efforts in a future “t-shirt fundraiser” post. I have had so many inquiries – sorry if I haven’t gotten back to you yet, but know that I am planning on posting all about it in the near future.) I just want y’all to know that any and all funds that are raised from this entire effort will be used for the sole purpose of bringing home our Clementine. But recently a sweet friend reminded me that with a child as fragile as Clementine, there could be a number of unforeseen expenses between now and home. A hospitalization in China, or additional medical needs that need immediate attention. So for now we are continuing to offer the Found shirts to anyone who would like to participate. And any funds that we raise as an overage to our adoption costs will be gifted to another adopting family.
I have emailed everyone with either a Yay-Your-shirt-is-on-the-way! email or a So-sorry-your-shirt-is-not-on-the-way! email. So if you participated and are waiting on a Found shirt, but have not heard from me, please let me know. Okay, no… first check your spam folder and then let me know via email, comment or FB message. I really, really want to be sure everyone’s shirts arrive – safe and sound.
Thanks, y’all. For everything.