- Mei Ling Messner
When Mei Ling Messner was a senior at a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, as one of her graduation requirements, she had to choose a Senior Thesis. Because she was adopted from China and has a strong passion for social justice and humanitarian efforts, she knew she wanted to choose a topic that incorporate both of those aspects of her life. After many years of volunteering with LWB, she knew that LWB supported many operations that changed lives for many orphans in China (and these life-changing operations could sometimes lead to their adoption!). She decided to craft her academic thesis to look at the occurrence of orofacial clefts in Chinese children, with the ultimate goal of her project to be sponsoring a child to receive a cleft operation. She rallied her friends and family, started a blog, held a fundraiser at local restaurants and put together a musical ensemble to play various events to raise over $2,000! Through Mei Ling's efforts, she was able to fully fund a surgery and was a life-changing experience for her!
Eight-year-old Karli was adopted from Guizhou Province and wanted to help with LWB's Coats for Kids project to provide warm winter coats for all the children in an impoverished Guizhou village. Karli made a donation from her own money and then started a coat drive to request donations for 105 coats. A family friend made a donation for 25 coats and said she would match any coat donations received until Karli reached her goal. We are grateful and happy to report that Karli has exceeded her goal! Donations inspired by this amazing young girl will keep many, many children warm this winter!
- Katie Rapp
Katie and her family have planned several fundraisers to support the children of LWB. Katie and her mom have made embroidered cloth napkins and also continually outreach to others in their schools and community. The have also coordinated a one day after school Chinese Cultural Camp, Fortune Cookie wishes, and a partnership with a local Chinese restaurant. We are so grateful for their efforts to not only raise funds to support the children, but also raise awareness wherever they can.
- I CARE Cupcakes
When Kristabel and Andrea first heard about LWB through friends, they wanted to learn more about the children in China and the work that was being done to help. Once they watched the videos on LWB's YouTube channel, they knew they wanted to make a difference.
Together with their parents, they created I CARE Cupcakes to help raise funds for LWB's Medical Fund. $1 from every cupcake sold is donated to help children receive life-saving surgery.
Kristabel and Andrea want to raise $2,100 this year, and they are well on their way!
I CARE Cupcakes has raised $2,870.52!