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I say this without hyperbole: Children’s Home is doing great, noble, needed work; work that will reverberate through generations to society’s betterment.

One day, not long after, Gary got a call from a family in Missouri wanting to adopt a child. Because Cupp’s main focus is fund-raising he’d not expected the ads might actually facilitate children to finding a loving home.

“I thought it was so neat, I had to send Scarlett an e-mail. She was very pleased and we continued to talk and e-mail.”

Then, abruptly, one his e-mails wasn’t answered. Several weeks went by. “I thought that was kind of odd. She’d usually fire something right back.”

More weeks passed. Then, Gary picked up the latest Delta Farm Press and read Hembree Brandon’s ode to Scarlett (linked above). He began to cry, clipped the article and pinned it to his office wall.

“I thought, ‘You know, that was a nice little ride we were all on. I reckon that’s over now.’”

But Cupp, driven to let folks at Farm Press know what she’d done, got in touch with Brandon. “I wanted him to know how this had unfolded and how much Scarlett had done. But I still expected the relationship was over.”

Gary was wrong. The ads continue to run and bear fruit. You may have seen them.

“We just need to get in front of folks. When they hear what we’re doing, most people want to help. Or, they know of a child that needs what we offer. Scarlett understood that instinctively.”

Indeed.

In print, I have never before endorsed or suggested anyone check out a charity. It’s time to start. I say this without hyperbole: Children’s Home is doing great, noble, needed work; work that will reverberate through generations to society’s betterment.

Just research them for a couple of minutes at http://www.childrenshomes.org/and then drop Cupp a few lines of encouragement at garyc@childrenshomes.org.  

Merry Christmas! Brava Scarlett!

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