December 16, 2018
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Both Hands adoption fundraiser to help widow with repairs and to bring orphan home

Community Author: Jerry McElya
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BREWER — On February 24, the McElyeas are planning a different kind of adoption fundraiser. The McElyeas and a team of volunteers are working on the home of Miss
Cordula, who lives in Brewer. Miss Cordula’s husband died in accident a few years ago. Today her home, which is an old family farmhouse, is in need of some repair.
Some projects planned include new sheetrock in the living room, new basement stairs, painting, flooring, and other more minor repairs.

Volunteers will not only be helping this widow, but they will also be raising funds to offset the cost for the McElyea’s adoption. The McElyeas are working hard to bring
home three year old Wen Xiang, who is currently in foster care in China. For more details visit

Both Hands’ mission is “to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families.” Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoptions. A family gathers a team of
volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow’s home. The family and their team send letters to raise sponsorship for their
day of service. It’s very similar to raising sponsorship for a 5K race, but instead of running, the team is serving a widow. The funds raised help an orphan become
adopted into a forever family.

Both Hands –one hand for the widow, one hand for the orphan — is committed to fundraising support for its operating expenses through private donors, no funds raised by a family and their team are deducted for Both Hands’ administrative costs. Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised more than $8,700,000 for adoptions and
orphan care. Through 754 Both Hands projects in 42 states, 800+ widows have been served, 900 orphans are closer to forever families, and over 20,000 volunteers have
served their communities.
Businesses and individuals may join hands with this team by donating to this project. Please contact Jerry McElyea at (207) 659-9072 for information.