As many people know, adoption touches my heart. I was born in Korea but raised in Missouri. My parents are Charles and Sharon Sherwood, and they're pretty cool people.
But many more children in the world are still in need of forever families and forever homes. And below, there's a special message from David Kim - a wonderful man who is loved and respected in the adoption community (to say the least.)
A friend of mine sent this video to me (thanks, Beverlee!) because I am one of "all those children" Mr. Kim mentions in the video. And, yes, I even made an appearance around the 3:38 mark, much to my surprise.
Mr. Kim wants to remind folks that during the holiday season, we often reflect on the blessings in our lives. It's also a good time to remember the children who are suffering and may never know the warmth and love of a family.
The need is critical today in North Korea, where the people have suffered through years of agriculture disasters and a very depressing economy. Conditions in orphanages are especially dire, where vulnerable children often go without food, medicine or warm clothing to protect them from the harsh winters. Even more sad, joining a loving family is not currently an option for these children.
Holt International, my adoption agency, is trying to bring critically needed items to those orphans. If you're looking for a cause this holiday season, a gift of $50 or more would help deliver warm clothing and food.
In the meantime, here's a message from Holt President Emeritus Dr. David Kim. He worked alongside my hero, Harry Holt, and together, they cared for children in South Korea after the war. I am thankful for his compassion and willingness to take action. Without angels like him, I would not be able to share my gratitude of living in this beautiful country with my awesome family.
Cheers and happy holidays!