Kids Helping Kids: Marabella’s Annual Fundraiser

For 11-year-old Marabella, the best Christmas gift is not something for herself, but for those orphans still living in orphanages who are without the loving care her adoptive mom and dad have constantly showered upon her.  How she helps? An Art Exhibition her parents and sibling have been organizing every December for the last five years.  Marabella and her sisters are passionate about art and they create beautiful art throughout the year for this meaningful annual event.  Every year, Marabella selects CCAI as her charity to receive all the money she raises through the art exhibition!

Marabella with her faithful supporters and CCAI co-founders, Lily and Josh

With the help of CCAI’s Children Charity Fund, 100% of Marabella’s donations go directly toward purchasing much needed supplies for orphanage children in China.  Thank you, Marabella, for your passionate and beautiful investment in making a difference and changing lives!

Christmas Greetings from Our LOCC’s!

Happy holidays from our LOCC staff and the amazing kiddos we work with every day! May your season be bright and merry and your hearts be warmed in the company of loved ones, near and far.

WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

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WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

With your passionate giving, we received an incredible $29,600+ in donations from #ColoradoGivesDay alone, beating last year’s numbers by over $10,000!!!

Thank you, from the bottom of our overwhelmed hearts, for choosing CCAI as one of your charities to support. In this season of giving, we know how tight money can be. Words cannot express our gratitude for such an amazing turn out!

Please continue sharing your CCAI stories with friends and family. As the year wraps up, we hope 2017 continues to shatter records in our passionate mission to support our families and the children still waiting for their own forever families.

Thank you.

Colorado Gives Day is Here!

Colorado Gives Day 2017

Today is the day!

Colorado Gives Day has arrived! No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in Colorado Gives Day and make your donation go further.

We would be honored if you would keep CCAI in mind when making donations through Colorado Gives, today. In our 25 years of service, CCAI has strived to provide a legacy of vital and unique support for orphanages, children, and families in our adoption community and beyond. This has been possible solely due to the generosity and passion of our donors.

Colorado Gives Day is a day that gives back to all the non-profits in Colorado. Every dollar you give goes further on Colorado Gives Day. For every donation, First Bank matches 10 percent up to $1 million!

Last year, you helped us raise an incredible $15,105 on Colorado Gives Day! Visit https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27901 today and help us make an even bigger impact this year!

So, invite your friends, invite your family, invite that stranger you met at the grocery store…invite everyone! With a little help from our friends, thousands of children’s lives will be changed for the better, forever!

Thank you 🙂

An Update from Our CCAI Charity Team in China!

Our CCAI Charity team is off to a great start in 2017 – here’s an update on just a few of the projects we’re completing to kick the year off in China!

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In YiBin, our adorable kiddos are celebrating their annual massive delivery of diapers! This delivery is funded by a wonderful donor that has given to our Charity Fund since 2006!  Amazing!

Christy’s Legacy of Hope

Every year, Karen DePriest and Christy’s Legacy of Hope donates to CCAI’s Charity Fund to purchase clothes, blankets, educational toys and more for orphanages in need in the Henan province. So far this year, the kids in 4 Henan orphanages are ecstatic to receive puzzles, blocks, and shirts courtesy of Christy’s Legacy of Hope!  We are so proud to partner with Karen and her amazing organization.

Christy’s Legacy of Hope was founded in memory of the late Christy DePriest Wright. You can read more about Christy’s Legacy of Hope and their inspirational story at www.christyslegacyofhope.com.

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Anonymous Donor in YeXian

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In YeXian province, a donor that wishes to remain anonymous made a very generous gift that allowed the orphanage there to purchase an incubator. This gift was made in honor of a loved one that passed away, and all that she asked was that it goes where there is the greatest need.  YeXian sees many premature babies that are very difficult to care for, and an incubator can be life-saving in many instances.  This was truly a blessing!

Kickee Pants

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Through happy and very fortuitous circumstance, CCAI was connected to Kickee Pants, an organization that specializes in clothes for infants and toddlers. This organization made an incredibly generous donation to our program in the form of 4,300 items of clothing spread out to 24 different orphanages in China!  Wow!  On top of donating this clothing, they even provided the shipping from the U.S. to China!  We were blown away by the kindness of this organization, and look forward to working with them again in the future.

Very special mention must be made to our amazing orphanage and Charity staff in China, who took the time once these packages arrived to individually inspect each piece of clothing and distribute them accordingly. We are forever grateful to have an amazing staff to partner with in our mission to serve the orphans of China.

 

Birthdays!

Did you know that our Charity team can plan special birthday celebrations for the children in China? If you have a child waiting to be adopted, or are sponsoring a child, check with our Charity staff to see if we can plan a special event for your little one.  It is easiest for us to do a celebration for any child that is currently in a Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC), but we can always check with other orphanages, as well.

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Our Charity team continues their diligent work every day in pursuit of serving the beautiful children of China. Annually, the CCAI Children’s Charity Fund spends over half a million dollars in service to this mission, funded by all of the amazing individuals and families that hold China’s orphans in their hearts.

If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life today, give our Charity team a call at (303) 850-9998 x. 17 or email charity@ccaifamily.org to discuss helping a project in need or creating a new project dear to your heart.

CCAI 2016 Year In Review

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With your support, 2016 proved to be a fantastic year for CCAI! Here are some of the most exciting highlights as we usher in the New Year:

• 467 orphans from five countries found their forever families!!!
• CCAI’s orphanage partnerships increased to 40 orphanages from four Chinese provinces
• CCAI’s charity arm, with the help of our trusting and generous donors, launched 60 projects and invested $903,000, touching the lives of 5,085 orphans
• CCAI’s Charity Team undertook 60 trips to 40 orphanages to provide child care training
• CCAI currently operates seven Lily Orphan Care Centers in China (visit www.ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Lily-OrphanCare to learn more about CCAI’s charity efforts)
• 47 older children from 9 orphanages participated in summer and winter hosting programs and had a wonderful time experiencing the love of a family
• CCAI was selected as one of four US adoption agencies to assist CCCWA in finding homes for nearly 2,000 extremely hard-to-place orphans. CCAI sent a team of ten professional photographers to China to photograph and film some of these hard-to-place orphans to help raise awareness
• 112 families (389 individuals, including 158 adoptees) participated in four China Heritage tours, including an invitation by the Chinese government to visit the Great Hall for a grand welcome ceremony
• 306 adoptees from 32 states participated in Adopteen‘s many events (Adopteen Camp-Conference and Retreats, Adoptstronauts Retreat, Adopteen and Adoptween Hangouts, and Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip – 2017 trip applications open now atwww.adopteen.org)
• Our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) had a strong year with 210 students and welcomed over 2,000 K-12 students from 30 local schools to participate in 28 China Field Trips
• JCCC’s 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration had an attendance of 900+ (Tickets for 2017 CNY Celebration available now at www.joyouscenter.org)
• CCAI added a new Taiwan adoption program!

Season’s Greetings and Thank You from Our LOCC’s

As the year draws to a close with the warmth of the holiday season, our amazing Lily Orphan Care Center children and nannies would like to wish our incredible families and donors a very happy holidays.  They sure know how to get into the holiday spirit!

Thank you for your dedicated support of our LOCC’s and CCAI’s orphan care mission this year and every year!  We are endlessly grateful.  This year, CCAI supported 60 orphan care projects at a cost of $903,000!  If you would like to donate to our Children Charity Fund to help support our continuing orphan care efforts, please visit https://www.ccaifamily.org/Charity/DonationForm.

 

 

Send a Christmas gift to a child at Luohe LOCC!

img_0909Today is the first day to send gifts to the children in Luohe Lily Orphan Care Center! Please consider brightening the holidays of a child without a family through this simple way to contribute to children in need.

Please be advised that at checkout, you may receive a message stating that “your package will not clear customs without the recipients citizen ID number.” You may also receive a follow up email of the same nature from Amazon. Don’t worry! We have input this number and these messages are simply reminders for anyone sending items to China. 🙂

To send a gift to Luohe LOCC, please visit our Wishlist through Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/…/wishlist/3OPT…/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1?.