When “Grandma” Got the Call

 

 

1549247_10153975547322786_7196288604391100830_nAsk any adoptive family about the most exciting moment of their adoption experience and many would mention “the call” — the phone call they received from a social worker informing them that they had a match, and a child who would soon be coming home to them.

 

Sixty years ago today, on July 30, 1955, Bertha “Grandma” Holt received some good news of her own — a telegram from Oregon Senator Richard Neuberger, informing her that the Holt Bill, presented to Congress a month prior, had just passed in the Senate. “It passed!…It passed!” Bertha shouted from her small home in Creswell, Oregon. Because of this action — the final outcome of a lobbying effort by Bertha and her husband, Harry — the Holts would be allowed to adopt eight children from Korea. Now, only one hurdle remained: passing the House to become a bill.

 

This was the day that Grandma Holt received her “call,” changing her life and ultimately the lives of thousands of children and families.

 

History had been made!

 

Today, in honor of this special day, would you consider helping another family receive some good news of their own?

 

Too often, the biggest hurdle standing between loving adoptive parents and a child without a family is finances. But by giving to Holt’s Special Needs Adoption Fund today, you will help an adoptive family overcome financial obstacles and welcome home a child with special needs — a child who might not otherwise join a family!

 

On the anniversary of this special day in the history of adoption, please consider helping a child have a brighter future by giving to Holt’s Special Needs Adoption Fund today!

 

Thank You!

 

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