On Dec. 3, the Watson family of Spring Hill plans to do a different kind of adoption fundraiser.
The Watsons and a team of volunteers are working in Thompson’s Station at the home of Marlene Vergara, who lost her husband 12 years ago. She currently works a social worker for early childcare for Franklin Special School district and attends church at Thompson Station Church with the Watson family.
The Watson Adoption fundraiser will help Vergara give her home some much needed TLC by having participants tackle needs such as landscaping, garage organization and painting. It will also go to fund helping orphans find families.
Groups looking for a community service project are welcome to show up and help Saturday. Donations of supplies, materials and money are also welcomed. Specifically needed are a heavy-duty, five-shelf garage organizer, Rubbermaid garage kit and paint.
Volunteers will not only be helping this widow, but they will also be raising funds to offset the cost for the Watson family adoption.
The Watsons, who have been married five years and have two biological children, are currently trying to adopt domestically and are on the wait list to be matched with a child.
Both Hands’ mission is “to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families,” and the organization helps families fundraise for adoptions. A family gathers a team of volunteers, and Both Hands officials coach them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow’s home.
The family and its team send letters to raise sponsorship for the day of service. It’s very similar to raising sponsorship for a 5K race, but instead of running, the team is serving a widow and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
The funds raised help an orphan become adopted into a forever family as well as aiding a widow with much needed care. No funds raised by a family and its team are deducted for Both Hands’ administrative costs.
Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised over $6,100,000 for adoptions and orphan care. Through 538 Both Hands projects in 42 states, 585 widows have been served, 594 orphans are closer to forever families and over 15,500 volunteers have served their communities.
For more details, visit https://bothhands.org/project/watson-315. The Watsons’ goal is to raise $30,000 with this project. They have currently raised approximately $2,000.
Businesses and individuals may join hands with this team by donating supplies. For location or donation information, please contact Clay or Kelly Watson at (615) 500-7674 or (615) 995-8660.