Friday, September 12, 2014 2:14:00 PM
After having two biological children and adopting two who had been their foster children, Angie and Michael Kelly decided to take a different approach.
The Kellys, of Atlantic, Iowa, began fundraising to adopt through an agency, but they quickly decided they would need more help.
“The money we’ve set aside and the money from fundraising has put us around $10,000. It’s around $35,000 to adopt,” Michael Kelly said.
The Kellys will start working to be matched with a birth ... read more
Monday, September 01, 2014 11:50:00 AM
A Mankato couple and dozens of volunteers spent Saturday helping a North Mankato woman with home repairs in an effort to raise funds for the couple's upcoming adoption.
Grant and Jennifer Hanson organized the fundraiser through Both Hands, an organization that helps families raise money for adoptions while helping widows with home improvements. They are hoping to offset some of the adoption costs through sponsorship of the service project.
The Hansons and about 60 volunteers spent... read more
Monday, August 11, 2014 3:21:00 PM
More than 100 members of Community Bible Church in South Nashville went on a short mission trip, about 15 miles away, Saturday to participate in a home makeover in Franklin.
The work overwhelmed homeowner Mary Rucker, a remarkably youthful 77, who watched volunteers overtake her yard to paint, landscape, trim trees, shampoo rugs, redo the kitchen cabinets and sink, as well as other structure upgrades.
"All the things they are doing for me, I thought would never happen and could never do... read more
Monday, May 12, 2014 2:31:00 PM
Dustin and Emily Hughes, along with 34 volunteers, worked on the home of Ada Turley May 3 to help raise funds for the Both Hands Foundation.
The Hughes family helped bring in around $11,000 through donations and sponsorships, Dustin said, with the money helping to offset their costs of adopting a 22-month-old boy from China while helping Turley, a widow of 14 years.
The Both Hands Foundation is a nonprofit that helps families raise money for orphans while serving widows through home... read more
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:38:00 AM
I wouldn’t call it a torrential downpour, but it was coming down pretty good. That and the 40-degree temperature was enough to keep most people inside. But we had a purpose, a mission. We had agreed to be here. Even paid money to do this.
I’m sure we looked kind of crazy to the few cars passing by. I could imagine them thinking “Why are all those people doing yard work in the rain?”
The answer to that question is what made it all worthwhile. We were working to help bring a baby girl home. ... read more
Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:03:00 PM
In Nashville, we have a beautiful thing that marks the changes in our weather. They are called seasons. Some readers may not have seasons as they are either 75 degrees year round, or maybe they have snow 8 months of the year, a week of not-so-cold, a month of hot and then back to kind-of-cold again. And even in Nashville the seasons can get a bit confused. (Snowing in mid-March, two weeks after an 80 degree snap? Nashville!) Most seasons are great, right up until the last few weeks when it is... read more
Friday, April 04, 2014 11:49:00 AM
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." - James 1:27
That one Bible verse sums up the relationship between Melanie and Chris Pickering, Pat Dawson and the Both Hands Foundation.
The Pickerings and a team of about 60 friends, family members and volunteers will paint, landscape and fix whatever needs fixing at Dawson's West El Paso home starting at 7:30 a.m.... read more
Both Hands Vision Project Kick-off
Monday, March 24, 2014 11:59:00 AM
Ever have one of those moments where you wish you had something on video, but just didn't think about it ahead of time? Tuesday night, March 4th was one of those times for me. It was our Kick-off meeting for our annual Both Hands Vision Project in Memory of Ty Osman II.
We had a great night with about 50 people in attendance. Some of them were new to the Both Hands concept and eager to learn more about our annual fundraising project and others were veteran volunteers,... read more
Monday, March 10, 2014 9:43:00 AM
A Columbus couple is helping a Vietnam veteran's widow fix up her home, and trying to make a difference in the lives of three orphans at the same time.
Bernice Wright, 68, was married for 44 years to a U.S. Army veteran who passed away in 2011. Sergeant First Class John Lee Wright was her high school sweetheart, and served in the U.S Army. He suffered from diabetes, PTSD and other illnesses.
After her husband's passing, Mrs. Wright applied for Homes for Heroes to get her house fixed three ... read more
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:52:00 PM
Salidan Dustin Hughes and his family, with the assistance of the Both Hands organization, will raise money to adopt a Chinese boy by working Saturday on the home of Ada Turley in Salida.
“It’s a great opportunity to serve a widow and help bring an orphan home to his forever family,” Hughes said. “We started our adoption process 5 years ago. I feel honored being able to contribute back to the town. This is a really great opportunity for us.”
Both Hands Foundation, a nonprofit group that... read more