Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:03:00 PM
In Nashville, we have a beautiful thing that marks the changes in our weather. They are called seasons. Some readers may not have seasons as they are either 75 degrees year round, or maybe they have snow 8 months of the year, a week of not-so-cold, a month of hot and then back to kind-of-cold again. And even in Nashville the seasons can get a bit confused. (Snowing in mid-March, two weeks after an 80 degree snap? Nashville!) Most seasons are great, right up until the last few weeks when it is... read more
Friday, April 04, 2014 11:49:00 AM
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." - James 1:27
That one Bible verse sums up the relationship between Melanie and Chris Pickering, Pat Dawson and the Both Hands Foundation.
The Pickerings and a team of about 60 friends, family members and volunteers will paint, landscape and fix whatever needs fixing at Dawson's West El Paso home starting at 7:30 a.m.... read more
Both Hands Vision Project Kick-off
Monday, March 24, 2014 11:59:00 AM
Ever have one of those moments where you wish you had something on video, but just didn't think about it ahead of time? Tuesday night, March 4th was one of those times for me. It was our Kick-off meeting for our annual Both Hands Vision Project in Memory of Ty Osman II.
We had a great night with about 50 people in attendance. Some of them were new to the Both Hands concept and eager to learn more about our annual fundraising project and others were veteran volunteers,... read more
Monday, March 10, 2014 9:43:00 AM
A Columbus couple is helping a Vietnam veteran's widow fix up her home, and trying to make a difference in the lives of three orphans at the same time.
Bernice Wright, 68, was married for 44 years to a U.S. Army veteran who passed away in 2011. Sergeant First Class John Lee Wright was her high school sweetheart, and served in the U.S Army. He suffered from diabetes, PTSD and other illnesses.
After her husband's passing, Mrs. Wright applied for Homes for Heroes to get her house fixed three ... read more
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:52:00 PM
Salidan Dustin Hughes and his family, with the assistance of the Both Hands organization, will raise money to adopt a Chinese boy by working Saturday on the home of Ada Turley in Salida.
“It’s a great opportunity to serve a widow and help bring an orphan home to his forever family,” Hughes said. “We started our adoption process 5 years ago. I feel honored being able to contribute back to the town. This is a really great opportunity for us.”
Both Hands Foundation, a nonprofit group that... read more
Monday, December 09, 2013 11:30:00 AM
Read the personal story of Gheorghe Meyer, one of four children adopted by Don and Mary Meyer.
The Meyer's held the very first Both Hands project. This is Gheorghe's story 5 years later...
When I was a little kid I lived with my parents in a small village in Moldova. Life was hard but my family and I fought hard and lived through those hard times. When I was nine years old, my mother passed away. That’s when everything started to change. Due to the fact that my mother died... read more
Monday, December 09, 2013 11:29:00 AM
In October 2013, Pat and Tracey Fritz held their Both Hands project to raise funds to bring home a little girl from Ghana. The widow they served was Ms. Beth Sutton. You can view their project page and watch their video at http://bothhands.org/fritz. Below is a letter written from Ms. Beth's family to the Fritz's after the project:
Hi Fritz Family,
I cannot thank you enough for all the work that has been done on my mom's house! The deck was in... read more
Monday, December 02, 2013 11:07:00 AM
Repairing homes to raise money to adopt.
KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Ethel Williamson got some home renovation work done on Saturday morning. Her bathroom tiles were replaced, along with other items.
Workers were sponsored to help raise money for a couple trying to adopt through the Both Hands Foundation.
Project creator, Jennifer Sanjines said, "It's literally helping two families, it's helping Ms. Ethel make repairs she physically can't do. It's also helping me and my future family ... read more
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:47:00 AM
After Allison and Russ Highton’s third biological child was born, they knew they wanted more children, and they knew children across the world needed a loving family. Their 8-year-old daughter — a great sister to her two little brothers — had a big heart for adoption, and a big heart for a sister. Despite feeling uncertain about how they would fund it, the Hightons applied to adopt through Holt’s China program, and completed their homestudy.
They wanted to find a way to fund raise for their... read more
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:34:00 PM
Warm weather and 36 volunteers made for a great day Nov. 10 at Luke and Christy Stoffel's Both Hands Foundation project to help a Fort Wayne widow.
“I am thrilled,” the recipient, Lora, said. “I just feel like I have this huge burden lifted off my shoulders.
“And I love that a couple gets a baby, a baby gets a home and a widow gets helped,” she added.
The Stoffels took on the project through Both Hands, a nonprofit organization in Brentwood, Tenn., which helps couples raise money for... read more