Monday, December 14, 2015

Why did you do that?

Recently a First Hugs sponsor sent me a great question. Why, she asked, did you change the amount to fully sponsor one child from $1000 to $2000?  When we did that, it was purely to reflect changes in our budget when we moved our program from XinXiang to XuChang.  In the interest of being fully transparent, I am going to share our costs with you.
First of all, labor is more expensive in XuChang . In XinXiang we paid each of 6 staff 1400 yuan monthly plus we paid them for holidays. We paid our room manager 2400 yuan monthly. The SWI paid their insurance. At XuChang, we pay each of 9 staff members 2500 yuan monthly. We have 20 children at XuChang, up from 15 we budgeted for at XinXiang (Although we sometimes had up to 17 children at XX.) We also hired one nanny at XuChang to cook for the children (insuring that the children get good nutritious food and plenty of it!) and cleaning. When she is finished, she spends time with the children. We also pay our manager from XinXiang 2000 yuan monthly to go to XuChang two days weekly.
Most of our donors are drawn to sponsor children. They get quarterly reports and photos. So we made sponsorship for one child $2,000. We expect it will take several sponsors to fully sponsor each child. If all children are fully sponsored, we will have raised $40,000 (20 children times $2,000 full sponsorship) of our $51,000 budget.
There is no doubt we are facing an extra challenge this coming year to raise more money than ever. Our budget has gone from $30,000 to $50,000. We are dedicated to changing things at XuChang for the children. We are hopeful many people will join us in seeing a bright future for these children.

We are planning our annual trip to China in March. We are very excited to visit our program at XuChang for the first time. Krista Dolan and Moya Smith from the First Hugs board will be traveling. As always, we pay all of our own travel expenses. No money from First Hugs goes towards any travel expenses. This trip, an occupational therapist and a physical therapist will be traveling with us. Both have children adopted from China and both are passionate about helping orphans. They will pay their own expenses as well. Every cent raised for First Hugs goes to the children; to pay the nannies’ salaries. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

KEEP Collective & First Hugs  Fundraiser

What is Keep Collective? Keep Collective a company that strives to empower people to focus on what really matter in their life through personalized jewelry! The interchangeable design system allows you to create your one-of-a-kind piece to represent your one-of-a-kind life!  First Hugs has coupled with Keep Collective to raise funds for First Hugs while giving you one of a kind personalized jewelry! From now until December 22nd, First Hugs will receive 100% of the profit of all Keep Collective’s keepers (bracelets) and keys (charms) purchased through the fundraiser! Click here to shop

Monday, December 7, 2015

Give the gift of sponsorship

You can give a sponsorship of a child in our Gracie's Room/ First Hugs Program for just $25. Simply complete the form below and be sure to include the honoree email address.If you are unable to view the form please use the direct paypal link to the right to make your donation, and we will be in contact with you shortly.Your donation of $25 or more will help keep the babies hugged and cuddled through out the year, while the honored individual ) in your life will receive a card letting them know they are part of such an amazing program. Along with a card, updates on the babies they help, will be sent to the at the email address you provide. To ensure your honoree receives the correct type of card please select it in the drop down menu on the form below or type it in the designated space. Cards will be similar to those pictured on the right, but may differ slightly.  Thank you for helping us care for these little ones.
Click here to order.