Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 11, 2013

Can you skip a cup of joe?

For Jamie’s Sake asking for help with fundraising efforts

Mark Maynard
The Independent

ASHLAND — Can you give up a cup of coffee a day for the needs of foster care and adoption?

That’s what For Jamie’s Sake is asking friends of the organization do during November, which is National Adoption Awareness month.

They are asking for $1 a day — $30 at the end of the month — from the many supporters. There are 2,911 friends on Facebook alone and if each of those gave the $30 gift it would amount to $88,000, said Dr. Gary McIlvain, who suggested the idea.

“It’s a unique way to look at it,” McIlvain said. “You’re only giving up something small each day. If you can skip just one cup of coffee a day and give what you’d pay for that coffee to For Jamie’s Sake, imagine what it would do for the organization.”

McIIvain and his wife, Lisa, adopted a boy from Korea nine months ago. He has been a supporter of Lea Ann Gollihue and For Jamie’s Sake for several years. He said if the organization were to realize the fundraising goal it would pay operating expenses For Jamie’s Sake in Ashland, For Jamie’s Sake in northern Kentucky and the Kyova Mall store, Inspire U, where children in foster, grades six through 12, can “shop” for clothes without having to worry about paying for them.

He said the idea for the cup of coffee was something that “just came out in conversation when we were talking about fundraising. We based it on the price of a cup of coffee at McDonald’s or a Speedway. Just skip one of those a day and at the end of the month you’d have $30 to donate.”

McIlvain considers the idea and For Jamie’s Sake as an organization that is God-centered and Scripture based. “There’s no doubt about it and they do a great job,” he said.

The McIlvains understand more about adoption after getting their son nine months ago. He is 4 years old today. “We started the paperwork and it was nine months exactly,” he said.

National Adoption Awareness month is in place to create awareness for the more than 100,000 children waiting in the foster care system in the United States. Each year an approximate 28,000 young people "age-out" of foster care without being adopted.

National Adoption Day is Nov. 23 and For Jamie’s Sake will have an information fair at the Kyova mall from noon to 4 p.m. The fair will have adoption/foster care agencies available from across the state to answer questions.

“We will have a time for adoption blessings where anyone that has been touched by adoption whether that is a judge, social worker, adoptee, adoptive parent, etc. is invited to attend and share their story with us,” Gollihue said. “After this part of the day concludes we will go outside and release white balloons in honor of forever families, children waiting to be adopted and birth families.”

 They are seeking donations of the following: colgone sets, perfume sets, jewelry sets, watches, belts, I-Tunes cards, current music CD’s, books (for teen audience), basketballs, baseballs, footballs, soccer balls, purses, belts, comforter sets, journals, art supplies and Walmart gift cards.

Gollihue also encourages everyone to wear a white ribbon throughout the month to show support for National Adoption Month.

Call (606) 327-5511 for information about donating or to learn more about foster care and adoption.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.