Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sponsor Our First Trip

Posted by Jennifer at 1:17 PM
Our first trip to meet our girls is fast approaching. We haven't been given an official "buy your tickets"  yet, but we know it's coming soon!!  We have been SO grateful for all the support we've been given so far, we appreciate it more than you'll ever know!  It's overwhelming to think about all the people who have helped us on this journey to bring our daughters home!
Our fundraising efforts have been fairly successful, and we've been able to raise/save what we've needed so far, but now comes the portion of our journey where the costs are greater!   We are finding that airfare among other things is going to be more expensive than we initially thought they would be.  (Due to the fact that it's Summer!)

So, we need your help!  I have put our estimated costs of the entire process on our What Does it Cost?!?! page. Today, we're asking for help to cover the costs of our first trip. Due to increased and unexpected costs, we are short about $3000.

I'm going to be very real here and put the costs of our trip in this blog post.  I will also break those costs down into "sponsorship" levels.  If you would like to sponsor a portion of our trip, please make a contribution via the ChipIn on the side bar. This ChipIn goes directly to our Reece's Rainbow Family Sponsorship Page and allows us to track the donations/contributions more easily. (And gives you the option of a leaving a note with it - so we know what portion of our trip you would like to sponsor.  You can also leave a blog comment to do that as well)  As parts of our trip are sponsored, they will be crossed off.  You don't have to sponsor an entire portion, or even all of a "share" .  Just leave us a comment of what you would like your sponsorship to go towards, and we'll adjust the amounts as needed.  Any funds raised in excess of the first-trip expenses will be applied to our second trip.

We appreciate everyone's financial and emotional support so much!  This has been quite a journey so far, and we're getting to the fun part now! :)  We get to meet our girls soon!!   Please consider helping us!!

 Sponsor Our First Trip to Meet Our Girls!!!

Total first trip costs:  $14,960

Airfare costs: approx. $4200

Roundtrip airfare for Brandon - approx. $2100
$200 - toward airfare
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Roundtrip airfare for Jennifer - approx. $2100
$200 - toward airfare
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Foreign Program Fees: $4000

$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees
$400 - toward foreign program fees

Agency Fees: $5310

$1062 - Travel Seminar and package
$1062 - Postage and Federal Express and FAX/Telephone
$1062 -  Assignment of Child – Photos and Medical report
$1062 - Coordination of date of travel
$1062 - Coordination of post-adoption reports

Round Trip transportation to/from airport in country: $50

$50 - Round trip airport transportation

Hotel Costs: approx $1000

$167 - Night one
$167 - Night two
$167 - Night three
$167 - Night four
$167 - Night five
$167 - Night six

Food and other incidental costs: $800
$100 - Day one
$100 - Day two
$100 - Day three
$100 - Day four
$100 - Day five
$100 - Day six
$100 - Day seven
$100 - Day eight


Driver to visit orphanages: $400

$80 - Day one
$80 - Day two
$80 - Day three
$80 - Day four
$80 - Day five





7 comments:

Elle Bee on June 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM said...

Jay Dub! I put $100 in yesterday to your FSP and I was sorry I hadn't waited for the chip-in in case that's easier for you to access. Anywho, you can put that towards anything you'd like, cuz I'm really flexible like that. :o) Love you!!

Jennifer on June 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM said...

Aww thanks friend!!! :) The chip-in goes to our FSP - so it all goes to the same place in the end. :) The chip-in just makes it easier for us to see who's contributing or what they want their sponsorship to go toward. :) I put yours towards Brandon's airfare. :) Love you too!!

Patti on June 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM said...

praying and sharing!

Jennifer on June 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM said...

Thanks Patti! :) Gotta get these girls home, so they can have play dates with Lily! :)

Jamie Wooddell on June 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM said...

We will help every chance we get. Your region is near and dear to our hearts. Praying you get travel news next week.

JEllen on June 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM said...

Sarah is going to have some good news to share by the end of the week. We have been having a sale of our samples in the store and will be sending you all the money from the sales.

Jennifer on June 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM said...

Oh how sweet!!! I can't wait to be able to show you pictures of Emily! She's getting so big!!!! :) Thank you so much of thinking of us!!!

 

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