DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — An adoption fundraiser has brought a Kokomo couple to serve a widowed woman in Delphi Saturday morning.
The fundraiser was created to bridge the gap between orphans, widows and adoptive families.
It's been a long journey for Mariah and Adam Ramer, a couple who’s chosen to adopt after struggling with infertility issues.
“We've been married four years, we've been together eight, we met in undergrad,” said Adam Ramer. “As we kind of began this journey it was a realization to us that we were struggling with fertility problems.”
These problems left them with a decision to make.
“Faced with the dilemma and choice of whether or not to pursue fertility treatments or see this as some kind of design of some sort bigger than ourselves, we chose the latter and chose adoption," said Adam.
The couple is planning to adopt a baby from South Korea with Stickler Syndrome.
They say choosing to adopt was easy. Getting the money to pay for it was where the next challenge began so the couple turned to fundraising.
“I was looking up ways to fund our adoption because it's a really scary number,” said Mariah.
$45,000 to be exact. They stumbled on an organization called Both Hands.
“Both Hands is one hand to help a widow and one for the orphan,” said Mariah. “It actually comes from the bible to help the least of these.”
Both Hands mission is to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families and it's done is through service. Adoptive families host a service day for a widow then they send letters to friends, family and community members to monetarily sponsor their day of service.
“There's plenty of places that are just saying hey if you raise this money, we'll match it or a go fund me page and we just couldn't bring ourselves to just ask for something,” said Mariah. “We wanted to give back also."
“They needed to find a widow that needed some help around the home and so they chose me," said Carol Stewart.
Carol of Delphi is a friend of Adam's mother. She's been a widow and a single mother of three for nearly 14 years. She lost her husband to lung cancer.
"It's been 12 years ago since really anything's been done around here and when you're single and you know your kids are grown and out of the home and everything like that, it's hard to do things," said Carol.
The couple, as well as a team of friends and family, have been volunteering their day working on projects in and outside the home. Carol said this is an unforgettable experience.
"I'm overwhelmed. I'm just thankful. I'm happy that there are good people out there," said Carol.
They have $16,500 more to raise. You can help them reach their goal here.
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