Craft for China is a fundraiser for orphans in China. Artists, crafters, and other volunteers have donated their time and products to be auctioned on eBay. 100% of the proceeds will go to Love Without Boundaries, a nonprofit organization that helps Chinese orphans get medical care, nutritional care, foster care, educational help and so much more. The money raised goes towards sponsoring children or their orphanage.

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Why I started this: I think adoption is such a special way to have a family and give a child a new start at life. While researching Chinese adoption I came across the Love without Boundaries Blog. I was amazed and really moved by what the volunteers and organizers do to help the children who are orphans in China. I wanted to find a way to help. I’m a college student majoring in art education so I don’t have as much money as I wish I did to give to the organization. I tried to think of ways to get people involved. I do a lot of arts and crafts so I came up with the idea of getting the arts and crafts community to donate their products to raise money for the orphans. You can visit my etsy shop, Smitten Jewelry, by clicking here.

The first fundraiser was an eBay auction that started on September 22, 2007 and ended on September 29, 2007. This auction raised over $600 and we were able to sponsor two children. The children originally sponsored were Kyle and Gracie. Kyle was sponsored to have a foster family and Gracie was sponsored to attend preschool. Both children were two years old. I was able to choose a name for Gracie and I choose her name because it means blessed. I feel that it is a blessing we were able to raise so much money for her and Kyle. I later received an email from LWB that Kyle was being adopted! So then we were able to sponsor a 20 month year old little girl, Emma.

These are the children we sponsor. For the most up to date info & pictures read the blog.

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On Oct.4 we sponsored two year old Kyle to have a foster family for a year. At the time of sponsorship LWB wrote this about him, “Kyle is a sweet little boy who needs to have the chance to grow and thrive in a family. Kyle has had his cleft lip repaired, but he needs to concentrate on gaining some weight.” On Oct. 25 we received an email that little Kyle was being adopted! The organization felt it would be better for Kyle to stay at the orphanage until his adoption, so he wouldn’t be moved from home to home. With this news we were offered a sweet little girl to sponsor: Emma

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On Oct.25 this sweet little girl became our sponsor for foster care when Kyle was being adopted. She was 20 months old and LWB said that she is, “very responsive and cute”. I was able to give her a western program name and I choose Emma. Click here to see Emma’s updates.

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On Oct.3 we sponsored three year old Gracie to attend preschool for a school year. I was able to give Gracie a western program name and I choose Gracie because it means blessed. When I sponsored her this was the information given, “This lovable two-and-a-half year old girl is ready to start attending the new Believe in Me III Preschool. She is so ready to learn a lot!” On Oct. 9 I was given her first report. It said she walks in line to the beat of music and she likes collecting toys dropped by other children. Click here to see Gracie’s updates.

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