When we travel on our first trip, we will have to obviously pay for our visas, airline tickets, meals, lodging, and transportation. That will be a huge expense - I estimate at about $8,000 at least for each trip. We will also have to our "support and service fees" of $3,750 on each trip. This fee will cover our orphanage donation, overseas coordination fees, translation and notarization of dossier in country, the taxes to Katie Ruth's country, humanitarian aid, and an assistance fund. Also, once we return from our first trip to her country, we will have a fee due to our agency for our match and acceptance, which is $1,925.00. It is really overwhelming when I see those numbers typed out!
I have two really fun fundraisers to tell you about tomorrow. They both go hand in hand with Coins for Katie, and I think you'll like them! One of the events involves a silent auction, and we got a prize in the mail today that was so generously donated for our auction. It's such a great prize that I thought for a tiny minute about keeping it. . .
It's a Keurig Elite Brewing System with a 12 pack of K-cups! This is a prize with a value of $119.95, and it was donated by my great friend Dawn, who works for Green Mountain Coffee. Dawn and I have been friends since sophomore year of college. She is such a hard worker, hilariously funny, and always thoughtful. She is smart, pretty, fun, and never ever boring. I only wish I got to see her more!
If nothing else, this journey to Katie Ruth has reinforced to me what amazing friends Chris and I have. I can only hope that I am as good a friend to all of the people who have reached out to us through this process as you have been to us.