Megan and Shanna
“I told my mommy that I want to help a child be adopted so they can have a family, like me.” ~Shanna Groat~
Megan & Shanna Groat are not only sisters, they are best friends. Megan was adopted from Chaoyang, China in 2008 when she was 3 years old. Shanna was adopted from Shantou, China in 2010 at the age of 6. Now, they are both turning 9 in a few weeks! They know how wonderful it is to find a family, and their family knows how wonderful it is to have found them.
They want to give back to the children who remain in China, without the gift of family. In the past, their family has raised money to purchase new cribs, toys and pajamas for the children in their orphanages. This year, the girls want to help a child to get adopted. One way they can do this is to help fund the life-saving surgery of a child who needs it, paving the way for a successful adoption.
Megan and Shanna's family belongs to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst in Williamsville, NY. Their non-sectarian congregation teaches its children that each and every one of us matters, how to advocate for those who do not have a voice and that we are all part of the interconnected web that is our world. They are proud to support the work of these principles.
Together, with their church family, they are sponsoring this fundraiser to benefit Bethany. She has lived all of her five years battling a severe heart defect, but a recent heart catheterization shows she is a good candidate for surgery! LWB's manager in Shanghai had this to say about Bethany: “She was really a happy, lovely, outgoing, talkative and well-liked girl with a strong thirst for knowledge, so many “whys” during my visit . It only took 5 minutes for us to become friends.” Bethany wanted to tell her a story, which she did very well with a lot of emotion and drama!
Megan, Shanna and the UU Church of Amherst
have raised $745!
If you would like to help Megan, Shanna and the UU Church of Amherst in raising funds for Bethany's surgery, you can donate in the following ways:
- Donate Online: Please sure to indicate that your donation is "In honor of Megan, Shanna and the UU Church of Amherst."
- Donate by mail: Please annotate "In honor of Megan, Shanna and the UU Church of Amherst" on your check and mail to:
P.O. Box 25016
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
- Donate by phone: (405) 216-5837