Monday, May 12, 2014 2:31:00 PM
Dustin and Emily Hughes, along with 34 volunteers, worked on the home of Ada Turley May 3 to help raise funds for the Both Hands Foundation.
The Hughes family helped bring in around $11,000 through donations and sponsorships, Dustin said, with the money helping to offset their costs of adopting a 22-month-old boy from China while helping Turley, a widow of 14 years.
The Both Hands Foundation is a nonprofit that helps families raise money for orphans while serving widows through home... read more
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:38:00 AM
I wouldn’t call it a torrential downpour, but it was coming down pretty good. That and the 40-degree temperature was enough to keep most people inside. But we had a purpose, a mission. We had agreed to be here. Even paid money to do this.
I’m sure we looked kind of crazy to the few cars passing by. I could imagine them thinking “Why are all those people doing yard work in the rain?”
The answer to that question is what made it all worthwhile. We were working to help bring a baby girl home. ... read more
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