A few quick updates – I’m now posting on Twitter for The Small Things – follow me @Smallthingsorg! There’s also a great article out from the Record Journal about our organization, which is very exciting! Given the press we’ve been getting recently, we’ve added a “Media” page to the menu. If you happen to be/know someone who could help us get the word out, please let us know.

We’re also putting together a DVD for the kids with messages from people who love them, whether they’ve met them or not. If you’d like to contribute, please record a short clip – it can be anything from just saying hi, to reading them a short story, to singing a silly song, to a TV or movie clip that your own kids enjoy. They get such a huge kick out of knowing that there are people thinking about them – I honestly believe that the reinforcement that people care about them and love them is a huge part of why they are as well-adjusted as they are, despite everything they’ve been through. Send anything you put together to [email protected] and we’ll put it on one DVD to send over. I’m told the first one (which was all me and my family and is profoundly, profoundly embarrassing for anyone over the age of five to view) was a huge hit, and the number one request for when the power is on – except for Bob the Builder, of COURSE!

On a serious note, we still have some distance to go to get the kids into school this year. It’s not just a matter of wanting to get this money – if we don’t raise it by December 15th, one of these amazing, brilliant children will have to wait at least another year to start school. They’ve already had so many disadvantages and setbacks, we really want to start them off right. So if you haven’t yet, please consider donating to help us get there – every little bit helps!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank, once again, the amazing donors who make everything we do possible. I’ve been overwhelmed since we started this effort by the generosity and kindness of all of you, and even more convinced of the power of a child’s smile to move hearts across oceans. Together, we can move mountains.