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We Are the Village: Campbell Adoption Benefit

We Are the Village: Campbell Adoption Benefit

Earlier this year, one of our local photographers, Amy Rae Campbell excitedly announced that her family had decided to add to their family through adoption. We were inspired when we heard how eager they were to open their hearts and home to a child in need of love and affection. Excited to cheer them on, we asked Amy if she was planning on having any type of local benefit. 
What Amy then revealed is something we imagine many service member families face.

She stated that although she would love to hold a benefit to raise money to help cover the cost of the adoption, she was concerned her family hadn't been a part of the local community long enough to ask for such support. This, of course, tugged at our heartstrings even more, as we have come to realize that this is a common hesitation in the service member community for any number of circumstances.

After learning more about Amy's journey through infertility, miscarriage, and the unique way adoption is woven into their family tree, we felt compelled to come alongside her and her family in the fundraising process. Today we would like to invite you to do the same. 

If you are local to the Fort Bragg area, consider joining us for a pancake benefit:

Date: June 2, 2018

Time: 8 am – 10 am

Location: Kickback Jacks

Address: 10745 U.S. 15-501, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Tickets: https://www.legacymagazine.org/products/adoption-benefit

If you are not local but are interested in rallying behind the Campbell family in their heartfelt endeavor, you can purchase virtual tickets or make a donation. If you are a creative or small business owner that would like to contribute your product or services as a raffle prize, please email abiray@legacymagazine.org. We've seen the beautiful things that can be accomplished when this community joins forces, and we appreciate your interest in this cause!

A note from Amy: 

Fundraising for adoption is a hard and humbling process and I often feel that I don't have a cause worthy of someone's donation. We are seeking creative ways to raise funds and allow others to participate as they feel led.

After struggling with miscarriage, infertility, and medical treatments for nearly two years, we felt the call to begin the process of adoption. Adoption is woven into our family as my husband, his two siblings, and our niece were all adopted.

During this long journey, we started to grow relationships with new friends and neighbors. We shared similar stories of pregnancy, miscarriage, and infertility. I believe God places the right people in your lives at just the right time. We came to know another couple who shared in some similar experiences and also had stories of how adoption had touched their family. Our new friend was also very thankful for being adopted and we bonded over this wonderful gift.

We started to meet more local friends who had either adopted or were adopting -- from China and Korea to Utah and Arizona. So many people were finding selfless love in their hearts that they wanted to give to a child in need. Some families just opened their homes for a short time so that foreign children with special needs could one day find their forever families. Even with adoption in our family, we had never been exposed to more adoption stories than during our time of struggle. God was whispering and I was kicking and screaming, “NO! Not me, I could never, I don’t want…” 

As confusing as it was to feel pulled in different directions, we patiently went through the rounds of infertility treatment we felt we needed to try. We were thankful to have the opportunity to use these facilities for so much less than if we would have lived elsewhere and we wanted to make sure we gave it a chance before moving on.

I wanted to push off any possibility of adoption until it was my last resort, however, my prayer was that God would turn my heart to his will and give me peace in my circumstances no matter what happened. I needed to begin to trust, walk in faith, and hope for my miracle. I knew that this story would have a redemptive ending but I didn’t know how that was going to happen. And right now, I still am not sure know how that is going to happen exactly.

After multiple failed attempts with IUI we prayerfully considered IVF and came to the conclusion that it was not for us. My heart still longed for a biological baby of my own and it hurt to think that it might never happen again. We knew where God was leading us, even if we felt incapable, unsure, and fearful. We know that with God all things are possible and that if we just take one small step of faith, He will answer. 

We have no doubt that these funds will come in some way. We appreciate your consideration for our family!

Apr 10, 2018

This is the best and our family feel so loved by your support during this process!!! What an amazing way to support military, family, and legacy!! <3

Amy

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