Pirate Ship Hoists It's Sails For A Good Cause
By Angela Rosales
When you first meet the Robinsons,
it’s clear that 7-year old Reece is the apple of his family’s eye.
Reece joyfully reciprocates his parents love by greeting them each
morning with hugs and jokes before they head out to drop him off at
school and make it to work on time.
are a pretty typical Ventura family. Father Scott makes a
living as a carpenter, wife Judy is a software project manager, 21-yr
old, Amanda, a college student blossoming into adulthood, and Reece is
a busy 2nd-grader. Reece also happens to be one in about 400,000
Americans born with an extra copy of Chromosome 21. This means he was
born with the United States most common genetic condition known as Down
syndrome. But the family story is not one of struggle, but of love.
“Reece is incredibly fun, loving and caring. I wish more people were
like Reece. Every morning is like Christmas morning” says Scott. Judy
agrees, “He’s the sweetest kid. He just lights up my world when I look
at him.” In fact, Reece has brought so much joy to the Robinson family
that they are now two-months into the process of adopting a 2-year old
boy with Down syndrome from an orphanage in Bulgaria. Scott explains
their well-thought-out decision to adopt, “through our experience of
raising Reece we have learned that having a child with Down syndrome is
a blessing, not a constant challenge. And our Journey is traveled by
many and there are so many children in need.”
But the adoption price is hefty. A single adoption could cost anywhere
from $20,000 to $40,000 once the agency and background check fees are
factored in along with travel expenses. The Robinsons need to raise an
amount in the mid-$30k range to bring their new son home. Though this
is a staggering sum for the family living on a modest income, it’s not
a deterrent. “A child with Down syndrome is so opposite of what people
think,” says Judy. “There are an estimated 153 million orphans in the
world. Although we can't save them all, we can make a difference
for this one.”
raise the funds needed, they’ve begun hosting several fundraisers.
This includes turning their Halloween tradition into an adoption
fundraising event fun for the whole family. The Robinson pirate ship
has been a neighborhood Halloween treat for several years. But this
year, Scott has decided to make it even bigger and better. “Every
Halloween our family decorates our house with a pirate ship with
cannons that fire, but it will be nothing like last year” Scott
promises. He’s right, considering the 35’ long and 20’ tall pirate ship
anchored on their mid-town front lawn.
Parents can bring their children to tour the ship the weekend
and after Halloween by appointment and drop
by between 4-9pm on
Halloween night. A donation of any size would be appreciated, but is
not necessary to gain access into the ship. Children can have fun
steering the ship and collect candy booty from the pirates treasure
chest. On Halloween, there will also be a pirate crew on hand to help
it all run smoothly. A pirate crew “who can’t act,” jokes Scott, “but
it’s going to be a lot of fun. The community has enjoyed and celebrated
with us each year and this is a special year.” Reece agrees and invites
you to come see for yourself Halloween night. 397 Emma Avenue, Ventura.
For more information contact Scott
at firstname.lastname@example.org. To keep up with the Robinson’s adoption
journey , go to www.robinsoncrewadoption.blogspot.com. To learn more about adopting children
with Down syndrome, go to www.reecesrainbow.org.
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