Since Holt’s beginning, 55 years ago, many children with special needs at the Ilsan Center in Korea have gone home to wonderful permanent families. Today, we ask for your help on behalf of one resident, Min-kee, a spirited and sweet 6-year-old waiting for a family of his own.
Min-kee came into the care of Ilsan at 16 months of age. Upon arrival, he had a large ASD of the heart, but has since had this surgically closed. His current, suspected diagnosis is Noonan syndrome. Min-kee can feed and dress himself, uses the bathroom with little help and receives speech, art and music therapy. “Min-kee is so charming and has come so far,” says Molly Holt, Holt Korea director. “The housemothers and the residents here just love him.”
Access to medical treatment and the loving encouragement of a permanent family will make a huge difference in Min-kee’s life. This Thanksgiving, post his story on your Facebook, blog and other social networking sites. Min-kee needs a special family. He has waited for six years and we know there is one out there, waiting just for him. Help us bring them together!
The Following is a letter from Melinda Dionne. Melinda volunteered at Ilsan for 4 months alongside Molly Holt. She describes Min-kee as “the cutest little guy ever!”….
by Melinda Dionne
Min-Kee is a bright little boy that is both charming and independent. There are several little boys around the age of six who live at Ilsan, and they all play and live together. Min-Kee is a very social little boy, and often will take the lead among his peers.
Min-Kee can be shy at first with adults, but once he opens up to you he is engaging. He didn’t care that I didn’t speak Korean, regardless he would ask me questions; and I would do my best to answer them. He’s an inquisitive and spirited little boy. Continue reading “Waiting Child of the Week: Let’s Find Min-kee a Family this Thanksgiving”