Both Hands comes to aid of Suffolk resident

Published 6:07 pm Thursday, October 20, 2022

Jonathan and Linda Baldwin are planning a different kind of adoption fundraiser Nov. 5.

The Baldwins and a team of volunteers are working on the home of Miss Pam, who lives in Suffolk. 

According to a news release, Miss Pam is a member at the same church as Jon and Linda.  She is the sole caregiver of her husband who has advanced alzheimers.  

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Miss Pam, the release states, finds it nearly impossible to take care of him and their home because he requires near constant monitoring in  case of falls. 

Today, she needs help with home maintenance and improvements, including pressure washing and painting. 

Volunteers will not only be helping this widow, but they also will be raising funds to offset the cost for the Baldwin’s adoption.

Both Hands’ information said its mission is “to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families.” Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoptions. 

A family gathers a team of volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow’s home. The family and their team send letters to raise sponsorship for their day of service. It’s very similar to raising sponsorship for a 5K race, but instead of running, the team is serving a widow. 

The funds raised help an orphan become adopted into a forever family. Both Hands – one hand for the widow, one hand for the orphan. Committed to fundraising support for its operating expenses through private donors, no funds raised by a family and their team are deducted for Both Hands’ administrative costs.

Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised more than $12.6 million for adoptions and orphan care. Through 1,000-plus Both Hands projects in 44 states, 1,100 widows have been served, 1,200 orphans are one step closer to forever families, and more than 25,000 volunteers have gathered to make an impact in their community.