Sunday, December 19, 2010

Peace, Joy, and Love...

I have thought about whether to write this now or sit on it for a few days, but my heart is telling me now, so here it goes…

If you have kept in touch with me, you are aware of this sweet little baby named Junika. She probably weighed less than 5 lbs when we first met her. Her grandmother and mother brought her to the property a few months ago asking for help because the mother was very ill. The mother went to the hospital, and died that night. Junika was a couple months old, and so little. Brittany (a missionary at Danita’s Children) had the baby go to the local hospital for analysis, and it came back saying that she was HIV positive and malnourished. The treatment: baby formula.

These past few months, Danita’s Children has helped out Junika as well as the family with formula and food. Last month when I came home, I asked if anyone would like to donate for Junika. The response was overwhelming. I was able to buy her clothes, formula, diapers, and even a bassinet.

I put the bassinet together two nights ago, and was going to post pictures of it online, but the Internet was down, so I didn’t get a chance to. I had planned on bringing her the bassinet after church today. This morning, I did not see the grandmother and Junika, and I knew something had to be a matter because the grandmother always came to church. She is a very faithful and lovely woman. At 3 o’clock, two family members came to tell me that Junika had a high fever, and the grandmother was walking her to the property to get medicine. Sweet Junika died on the walk in her grandmother’s arms.

I immediately called Karris, and asked if I could go see the grandmother. She said yes, and I was on my way with the family members and one of our older boys, Lucsaint, just moments later. It was quiet when I arrived at the home, but as soon as I stepped inside the grandmother made eye contact with me and wailed. I simply put my arm around her and said, “Mwen Pardon” (I’m sorry.) I looked to the corner of the room, and saw Junika lying on a rice sack, in an outfit I gave her just three days ago, and a blanket up to her neck. Her eyes were still open. My heart sank.

The grandmother wanted me to see her before closing her eyes. Tears started flowing from my eyes as I stroked her cheeks and kissed her tiny head. I softly said, “Mesi Jezi” (Thank you Jesus) because today He chose to relieve her from all pain and sickness. The grandmother asked me to shut the lids of her eyes, so I took my two fingers and did it at once. It was that moment that I started to weep.

I was weeping for the precious grandmother who has sacrificed so much to take care of this child. I walked over to her, and told her I wanted to pray for her. She told me she would like that. I was speechless, but the Lord spoke through me. He gave me every word I needed. He was there the whole time protecting and loving on all of us. It was amazing.

I gave the grandmother money to buy Junika a small coffin and anything else she needed. I told her to buy food for her with any money that was left over. I also had a Christmas gift for her, so I gave it to her today. It included a skirt and shirt for church, some soap, and then a cross necklace. I figured today was the best day for her to have that! She said thank you for loving her and Junika so much, and that she would see me at church on Sunday!

Junika and her grandmother have inspired me to always go above and beyond to take care of God’s precious children. They have impacted my life forever. This was the most difficult thing I have had to do since I moved to Haiti, but it is also another moment that I am grateful for. I am thankful because I know that God is going to use this moment to bring more compassion to my heart. My relationship with Him is going to be stronger because of this. There are certain things in life that you simply cannot do at all without Him. This was one of those things.

As we approach this very special week, may you be blessed beyond measure. Remember that it isn’t about the gifts, the cookies, the hectic schedules, but about giving and loving. Peace, Joy, and Love as one more sweet baby is held in Jesus’ arms tonight.

Rest in peace little one...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Carlos, How I Love You So...

This blog is dedicated to little Carlos, our newest addition at Danita’s Children. Danita was contacted by another organization in Haiti to see if we would be willing to take Carlos into our home because he has special needs (after observing him, I believe he is a child with Autism.) He has been with us for about a month now, and I couldn’t be more blessed to have Carlos in my life. He is my little buddy, my little monkey, and God’s little special one…

25 Reasons Why I Love You...
1) Above all, I love you because God loves you!
2) I love how you laugh easily
3) I love how your cry has a little giggle in it
4) I love that you are a challenge of patience
5) I love when I rock you to sleep, you often give a little fight first
6) I love when you start to fall asleep, you press your little lips against the skin of my arm
7) I love that you trust me so much that you will just fall into my lap knowing that I will catch you
8) I love that you give me warning signs when you have had enough
9) I love the fact that you have such a good throwing arm even if you are throwing something you are not suppose to
10) I love how you find so much fun in life
11) I love how you show the other children to love kids that are a bit different
12) I love that you teach tolerance
13) I love the fact that you can go from sad to happy within seconds
14) I love how you put your arms up and whimper for me to pick you up
15) I love how you are strong willed and sometimes down right stubborn
16) I love you because you have been made perfect in the eyes of God
17) I love how you run so cute with your little marching steps
18) I love how you are scared of the little rocking horse in preschool
19) I love that I know you like to eat rice, beans, and spaghetti but hate tuna, cheese, and peanut butter
20) I love that you eat your spaghetti with your fingers because the spoon just doesn’t quite work right
21) I love how you eat your rice and beans with two hands (one hand holds your spoon and the other hand holds your food!)
22) I love when you knock fists with everyone you see
23) I love going down the playground slides with you
24) I love that you like to chase chickens
25) I love your little happy foot shuffle dance you do when you get excited (especially when you see me)

I love that there are at least 100 more reasons to love you, little monkey…

Welcome to our special family, Carlos. You are loved more than you will ever know.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sweet Sweet Butterfly

I will never forget the night I was writing a research paper on Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory, and I came across the following quote…

A child is…

A butterfly in the wind,
Some can fly higher than others;
but each one flies the best it can.
Why compare one against the other?

Each one is different!
Each one is special!
Each one is beautiful!

After reading the above, I could not even continue writing for the night. I instead, just sobbed. I cried because I wanted everyone to understand this concept, I wanted everyone to embrace the differences of people, and I wanted everyone to be loved no matter what.

Last Friday night, this quote came back to me. I was holding a very sick little boy in a clinic room right across the border in the Dominican Republic. Jean had a fever, was coughing and vomiting, and his breathing was labored. He had pneumonia. His tiny fragile body was fighting once again. He was hooked up to an IV, was given many meds, and even received oxygen. Jean had about eight seizures during our three night stay as well. My heart broke for him, but I was so calm. I knew that so many people were praying for him, and I knew the Lord was protecting him. I knew he was going to make it.

Jean is still recovering from the pneumonia, but he is doing better. I am still praying for direction as I know his cerebral palsy makes everything a bit more challenging. His lungs are still not clear, and he still has a fever off and on. I faithfully believe that he is going to make a full recovery.

I am grateful that I am able to comfort Jean in this time of his life. I pray that he feels my presence, and I hope that he feels loved every day of his life. We have formed a bond, and are making memories each and every day. There is a special song that I’ve shared with him since the day I met him, “Ooh Child” by Beth Orton. It’s simply gorgeous, and calms both of us instantly. One day there will be a dance that goes along with the song for little Jean. When I did not think I could possibly love this precious child anymore, my heart grew at least ten times in size. This is what I find myself saying to God…

What is it about this one? Out of all the children that have crossed my path, why is it Jean that makes me fall to my knees and just cry out to you? I am not worthy to take care of this child, but somehow you have become my hands and feet in the process. You have opened up my heart, you have calmed my nerves, you have given me wisdom, and you have blessed me abundantly. I pray that I make you proud, and I thank you for allowing me to serve you in such an incredible way. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

The day that my beloved stepfather passed away, I saw a butterfly flying at the very scene of his death. It was a reminder of life, and I will never forget that moment. It was God’s way of telling me that everything was going to be alright. Three years later, Jean is that sweet, sweet butterfly that flies at his own height. He is different, he is special, and he is beautiful!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Haiti, Heaven, Home, and Happiness

I have officially been living in Haiti for six months, and I just need someone to pinch me because I truly feel like I’m in Heaven. I wonder how something so different, could feel so right. Haiti feels like home, and I couldn’t be happier…

A Prayer of Gratitude

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray this prayer tonight to give you thanks for everything you have and continue to do in my life. You planted and nourished the seed in me so long ago, but now you are allowing it to grow! Not a day passes where your presence does not surround my every step. I could not do any of this without you nor would I want to. I will never understand why you have chosen me to do such amazing and beautiful work for you, but I want you to know that I do it all with such a heart of gratitude.

I am reminded that about a year ago, you called me away from Haiti. I was devastated as I just longed to be there, but I was comforted by the fact that I knew you wouldn’t leave my side. You asked me to prepare myself because there was going to be something bigger waiting for me when I returned. Oh how your timing is so perfect, Lord!

I did return to something bigger. Not only were there more children at the orphanage, there were more needs. There was Jean, Denise, Marie Joy, Johnny, Katiana, and more. I immediately knew where you wanted me, and was quite content to jump in head first with these little lambs of yours. Their frail bodies, their sunken eyes, their sadness…their hearts were broken. You held them close to you, and carried them in their most difficult and terrifying moments of their lives. I am grateful that you tightly embraced them as they clung to you with all their might. They felt your love, comfort, and peace…you were their Papa.

I thank you for continuing to heal them every day, so that they will be ambassadors for your glory as they grow. I thank you for healing me too. A few years ago, none of this would be possible for me, so it is with great happiness that I thank you. You are using me to help these children, but you are also using these children to heal me! I look forward to the day when I can share my full testimony with everyone around me, and I pray that it will bring many closer to you. I love you with all my heart, all my soul, and all my might. Thank you for being one amazing Father! I love you.

With much gratitude,

"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe" Hebrews 12:28

Lyrics in Nichole Nordeman’s song Gratitude

We’ll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in You
That we are blessed beyond what we could dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace

But Jesus, would You please…

Johnny Before (Photo by Brittany Hilker)

Johnny Now

Marie Joy Before (Photo by Brittany Hilker)

Marie Joy Now

Denise Before (Photo by Brittany Hilker)

Denise Now

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Complete Perfection

There are some things I understand, there are some things I will understand, and there are some things I will never understand…

Today, I write about something I will never fully understand. I often ask God, “Why do you let me care for your most precious jewels on Earth?” With this I mean, the special children that He has designed to complete perfection. Often people think these children are lacking, but I do not believe they are lacking anything…in fact, I believe they have something “extra.” They have something that sets them apart, they have something that makes them different, they have something that I wish everyone could see

A seed of love was planted in my heart when I was a young child for individuals with special needs, both children and adults. I have always loved helping people and making them smile. My life has been surrounded by opportunities to be with special needs children. At my elementary school, I helped with the special needs preschool. At dance, I assisted the Dance Abilities class which I later taught for seven years. In college, I took class notes for students with visual and hearing impairments, and I even danced at the Special Olympics. The list goes on and on, but I have never been more honored or blessed than I am in my life right now…

I no longer have to wait for once a year, once a month, or once a week to come along to be with these precious children. Every single day I am at Danita’s Children, I am in their world and this brings me much joy and happiness. Their sweet faces light up my life, and their innocence warms my heart. They have been hand crafted, individually made, and sculpted to a simple pureness like no other. These children have been placed in my hands, and I am undeserving of this honor. I take this great honor with a humbled heart, and I live my days with His grace alone. There are many moments during the day that I should not know what to do, but I find that Christ takes me by the hand and guides me along the way. I am simply amazed that I have been trusted with the most gentle, sweet, and loving spirits that exist here on Earth. These children are truly angels placed along my path…

I am encouraged daily by my little angels to keep doing what God has put in front of me. I pray for so many blessings for these children. My wish is that they will exceed all expectations put in front of them; I hope that they will become ambassadors of their great God, and above all, I pray that they will feel loved every day of their life!

Jean, Fitson, Denise, and Rose Mica…Mami Heather loves you more than words can express! You are truly my inspiration. I adore you with my whole heart, and I thank you for being such amazing, beautiful, and special children. You are complete perfection!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Simply Stated...GREATNESS

I knew there was a reason why I did not write this blog last night, and that reason was made quite clear to me this afternoon.

A Moment in Time (Thursday July 29th at 4:45pm)

All six babies had just been bathed, and I sat in a white plastic chair next to a black iron bench. Fitson was sitting on my lap with his classic grin, Jean was being rocked back and forth by Marilyn, and Dieula was braiding Denise's hair as she lay on another's lap. The sun was beginning to set, and the three women began singing to the Lord in Creole with their beautiful, quiet, and humble voices. The children as well as I were quickly calmed, and everything was so quiet and peaceful. There was so much other stuff going on around me, but for that one moment my world seemed to be at a stand still and it was incredible! I feel so blessed to have been given this gift from above today. This is a moment in time that will remain with me forever.

I do not write this blog tonight about cute children, a miracle I witnessed, or a special occasion. I instead wish to write about some amazing women that I admire each and every day that I am here in Haiti. These women are the individuals I spend many hours with every day. They have fabulous hearts and their work ethic is unimaginable. These women take pride in taking care of the children, and they work with a spirit of excellence that I did not even know existed.

To have a job in Haiti is quite a privilege and they are often much appreciated. To receive a job at Danita's Children is often seen as a bigger blessing, and the Haitian staff is delighted to be a part of the ministry. I have quickly realized that it is in fact a double blessing! The children as well as I receive so much from having these special people in our lives. I have learned so much from the wonderful women that watch the babies and special needs children. They are the most gentle, kind, and spirit-filled ladies I've ever met. They are tender-hearted and patient and I love their sense of humor too!

There are new moments and memories created every day, and I have become a better person just by being in the presence of these women. I am encouraged daily by them, and I want to extend that encouragement to my friends and family who are following my journey. Please do not forget to appreciate those around you on a daily basis. Look at them and see their gifts. They have much to offer to you, and they are put in your life for a reason. But above all else...what do you have to offer them?

"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Three Months Later...I'm Still In LOVE!

As I take this day to rest and reflect, I find myself wanting to write. There is so much I could write about. There are new “stories” every day, but I find myself not being able to focus on a single one. I just find my heart feeling so content. It is a strange feeling to just know that there is nothing I am truly “longing” for. There are definitely things I pray and hope for, but knowing that God has planted the desires in my heart has made every bit of anxiousness disappear. He is in control of it all. I am just here to listen to His guidance. I am here to walk in His path for me. I am here to trust in His timing. I am here to do His will, and what an amazing feeling that is!

As I begin every day here in Haiti, I have a plan. My day would not start without a plan (as I am such an organizer,) but I realize that plan will be adjusted or reworked every day! Amazingly, it is the “surprises” during the day that I enjoy most of all. This is because they are the moments that God has set aside to remind me to not take anything for granted. I will share a few of those “surprises” with you even though there are hundreds!

Johnny (about 6 years old)
Three words to describe this boy…curious, joyful, and precious

Johnny is from Port au Prince. He was hurt during the earthquake, and we have yet to find anything out about his parents. He is a “busy body” and doesn’t like to be kept down. Johnny is smart, but is going to be brilliant in no time because he is so curious. I have been able to spend a lot of time with Johnny…trying to keep him off his leg as his infection heals, changing the dressing on his wound, giving him his antibiotics, and just keeping a close eye on him as he explores the world around him. One day Johnny was going up to the clinic with me and he said (in perfect English,) “Mami Weader, I am thirsty.” I said, “Do you know what you just said?,” and he replied, “No!” What a coincidence that I had just gotten a picture of him with a bunch of donated water a few hours before.

Samuel and Alfred (13 year old school boys)
Three words to describe these boys…quiet, funny, and appreciative

Samuel and Alfred are two school boys that were injured. Samuel had a bad infection on his elbow and Alfred had a hematoma on his head. I was able to take them both to a clinic here where American orthopedic surgeons performed small surgeries on them both. Their parents were not present for the surgeries, so I stayed with them to comfort them and make the waiting process easier on them. They were so appreciative for everything that was being done for them. Every day they come and see me for wound checks and dressing changes. I look forward to seeing them each day. They are always saying, “Mesi Mami Heather”…thanking me for doing so little for them. I always respond by saying, “Mesi Jezi!” and they nod their heads.

Denise and Fitson (about 3 years old)
Three words to describe these children: worshippers, hilarious, and cute

Denise and Fitson came to us from Port au Prince. Denise has hydrocephalus and had a shunt placed in her head shortly after she came to Danita’s. She brings joy to everyone that comes in contact with her (and I am no exception to this!) The same goes for Fitson. They may both have special needs, but boy can they light up faces! Fitson giggles like no other child I have ever met, and he literally is the only baby I know that says, “goo goo gaga.” I get the opportunity to do physical therapy with these two, and they are making great strides. There are always wonderful “surprises” like Denise actually enjoying parts of her therapy (she used to scream the whole time) and Fitson sitting up on his own for quite awhile! They both have so much personality and I love that I get to capture all the little moments in their lives!

Jean (last but not least!)

I have no words to describe Jean…he is simply a gift from above! On a daily basis, Jean shows me so much. He is a strong boy despite his size, he is a fighter! I am convinced that he leans on God every day of his life. He is a miracle, and I am not worthy of taking care of him. I am glad I have God’s grace every day as I work with Jean. The Lord has taught me how to watch Jean’s eyebrows to know if he is content, agitated, or sad. He has taught me how to listen to the noises Jean makes to know when he needs certain things like chest therapy, to sit up, or to just be held close to my chest to feel my heart beat against him. There is a reason why God has kept this dear child on Earth, and I know his future is bright!

As I close this blog, I want to encourage everyone reading it to take a look around you. Notice the small things. Notice the things that are given to us free of charge...laughter, friends, blue skies, sunshine, etc. Notice that there are people everywhere waiting for you to “notice” them. Take the time to care, take the time to love, take the time to give thanks for what has been given to you! I know (even here in Haiti) it is easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the days, but it is important to take time to enjoy and be thankful for it all! Please join me in doing this.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Perfect Match...

This was written several weeks ago, but never uploaded. It is kind of long, but I hope you will take the time to read it.

God continues to bless me richly here in Haiti. When I first came to visit Haiti in March of 2007, there were three little boys still living at the girl's house where I was staying. Likendley (my sponsor child who I adore,) Papouche (a mischievous, but so easy to love little boy,) and Anelson (Papouche's younger brother who had enough energy for the whole house.) I instantly fell in love with all three of them. Every night, we would go upstairs while the girl's were showering to color and just hang out. It was hard to leave them, but I knew in my heart, I would be back.

So, the next two times I came, I didn't stay where the three boys were staying, but I still saw them every day. My fourth time to Haiti, I was able to stay at the little boy's house for close to a month, and boy did we have fun! Don't get me wrong, there was some tough love thrown into that fun, but all in all, it was just amazing! I recall a day where I was sitting on the porch area watching all the boys play outside when Anelson asked to come on the porch with me to catch mosquitoes from biting me. Likendley and Papouche quickly followed. They were swatting at flies with cardboard from dog bone boxes. Every time they got one more mosquito, they would come over and hold up their fingers giving me their tally. I have probably never laughed at three boys so much than on that day.

I anticipated seeing the three boys when I came back in February. Caring for Jean most of the day, does not allow for a ton of "free" time (although, I wouldn't change this for the world.) A couple weeks into being here and taking care of adorable Jean, I noticed that Anelson was drawing close to Jean. Some of the other children will come see Jean for a few minutes, but Anelson will stay for at least a hour at a time. One day Jean was sleeping on a mattress, and Anelson came over, laid next to him, held his hand, and stayed like that for 45 minutes until Jean woke up! He then preceded to tell me that Jean was thirsty and that he would give him a bottle. When the bottle was half way done, he said to me, (with a huge smile) "Look, Mami Heather, I knew he needed drink." Anelson helps with bath time for Jean (which isn't the easiest task,) and he entertains the little guy while I prepare dinner for Jean.

Every time I look into Anelson's eyes when he is with Jean, I see pure love. I get this peace in my own heart when seeing the two together. Jean really does respond to Anelson's touch and presence. God has really out done Himself here. A 9 year old boy's love a 6 year old special needs child melts me to pieces. You would think Anelson would prefer to run around on the playground or play soccer with the other children, but when I tell him, "you know you don't have to stay with Jean if you would rather play?" He always responds, "No, I stay here with him and help you take care of Jean." It truly is one of the sweetest things I've witnessed while being in Haiti. The relationship between the two boys is a blessing to both of them, and to me too! It amazes me how the Lord takes care of ALL needs. I had been praying for Jean to have more interaction with the other kids, and here He provided just that and MORE! What a great God we serve!

Peace from Haiti,


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Celebrating Life!

This blog was written on Saturday, March 27th. I am just getting to post it!

This week has been filled with much joy and blessing. Cupcakes were made, presents were put together, and balloons decorated the "party rooms." Birthdays for twenty-two precious children and one mother were celebrated. One boy, Richard, who was turning fourteen told a missionary, Karris, that is was his first birthday party ever! It brought me so much happiness to be celebrating this special memory with him.

Friday, two amazing women came to Danita's Children to see Emmanie and Jean. One woman was a doctor and the other a nurse that dedicated time in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. They treated Emmanie for her broken demur and other injuries as a result of the earthquake and they helped save Jean's life when his mother brought him into the make shift clinic. He was limp and dying before their eyes, but they managed to get fluids in him and he started respondinig to touch. The doctor quickly realized that he had cerebral palsy, and she diagnosed and treated his pneumonia. I was delighted to show them Jean now, and being able to thank them personally for their dedication and love was quite the honor.

Friday night, I had four boys from the little boy's house come over for a sleepover. We all had a great time. They ate chips and M&Ms on the roof of the mission house, played ping pong, and we even skyped my best friend, Andrea as well as my mom. They were all so excited to come over and have some fun individual time. I had a blast as well.

This week God really shared the gift of life with me. Life is to be celebrated, and this week I did just that. I thank the Lord for my life every day, and am reminded daily to give it all over to Him. His direction is always best, and trusting in that gives me great peace.

Love in Christ,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My first few weeks - Jean

It has been 24 days since I arrived back in Haiti, and I have fallen in love all over again. I find myself greatly humbled by God's perfect timing. When I was back in the States for about six months, I remained patient for God's call to come back down. When I arrived, I knew the exact reason why I was asked to wait. God knew that a very special young boy would be brought to Danita's Children after the earthquake, and He planted a seed of love in my heart for his son, Jean.

A couple weeks before I came to Haiti, one of the missionaries had posted a picture of Jean on Facebook. He was a tiny little thing with braids lying in a wheelbarrow sleeping. My best friend, Andrea, was sitting by me when I saw the picture and I looked to her and simply stated, "I want to take care of him."

I crossed the border of Haiti on Friday, February 26th and could not wait to meet the new children from Port-au-Prince, especially little Jean. He was in the cafeteria when I was eating lunch, and I felt instantly drawn to him. Jean has this very quiet and sweet presence about him, and he is just precious! His eyelashes are perfectly curled, and when you look through his dark brown eyes there is this innocence that will melt anyone's heart (I know it has mine!)

Jean has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, and is completely dependent at this point of his life, but he offers more to me than I could ever give him. He reminds me of how precious the little things in life are, and to never take anything for granted. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity and blessing to care for little Jean. It is truly a privilege to be with him every day as I have done nothing to deserve this awesome gift from above!

Jean is one of many amazing children here in Haiti, and I look forward to sharing updates with you on his growth and progress. There are so many children I want you to meet, so in the next coming weeks, I will write more. There are two other special needs children in particular that I want to share with you, Fitson and Denise, so be sure to check back in the coming weeks for their stories!

Love in Christ,

Sponsorship - Thank You

I just want to say thank you to all my sponsors and supporters who help me tremendously with my expenses while I am living in Haiti. It is truly a blessing to know that I have so many people behind me. You are all greatly appreciated and I pray that you are much in return from blessing me. I look forward to sharing my journey with you...

Be 1 in 100 ($5 a month)
(for some reason if your name is left off this list, please let me know. I want to be sure to add you!)

1. Andrea Khoury
2. The Rusk Family
3. The Braun Family
4. Kelly Wocjik and Madison
5. The Diehl Family
6. The Shenk Family
7. Marc Shore
8. Donna Shore
9. Brittany Shore
10. Michelle and Shelby Quick
11. Kellie and Nadia Main-Patel
12. The Evelev Family
13. The deHaan Family
14. Bianca Khoury Rey
15. Eric Rey
16. Tucker Khou-Rey
17. Merritt Wrighton
18. Isabella Rey
19. Leila Rey
20. Bryce Khoury
21. Daulton Shea
22. The Browning Family
23. The Munshi Family
24. Beverly Bellinger
25. Beverly Kusiv
26. Randy Kusiv
27. Lynn Kusiv
28. Aubrey Kusiv
29. Tracy Hipp
30. The Vincent Family
31. The Kulp Family
32. Amy Boukhrissi
33. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
34. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
35. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
36. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
37. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
38. Melanee Vicedo
39. The Heyser Family
40. Angela Kenski
41. Cathryn Cavanaugh
42. Sylvia Cavanaugh
43. Diana Quiles
44. Kelli Quiles
45. Eva Grossi De Luigi
46. Barry and Krystal Meyers
47. Delphine Hyde
48. Dale Hyde
49. Rhonda Morales and Family
50. Renee Stokes and Family
51. The Story Family
52. The Veigle Family
53. The Brenner Family
54. Kathryn Austin
55. Caitlin Snelson, Matthew Austin, Ryan Austin
56. Mary Ann Khoury
57. Dr. Suzanne Salapa
58. Bob and Ashley Lally
59. Jill Lindsey
60. The Van Anda Family
61. Abi Forness
62. The McLean Family
63. Juliana Collins
64. Diana Collins
65. Angie Collins
66. Maria Collins

Other Sponsors

1. Markham Woods Assembly
2. Becky Kueppers
3. Paul Meyer
4. Brenda and Bill Bagwell
5. Bob and Marta Khoury
6. Rick and Pat Laws
7. Dottie McBroom
8. TJ and Kristen Carter
9. The Shewalter Family
10. The Roman Family
11. The Dance Family