Both Hands Foundation is working in the Slidell area to help not one, but two special causes. But it will need the community’s help to succeed in both endeavors. A unique nonprofit organization, Both Hands Foundation was established in 2009 to assist widows in practical ways while helping families adopt through a partnership with Lifesong for Orphans. To date, Both Hands Foundation has raised more than $1 million, helped 100 widows, affected 115 orphans, and enabled more than 2,500 people to serve a widow in need in their community.
WIDOW NEEDS HELP WITH HOME MAINTENANCE
On March 10, Rob and Lisa Braniff of Slidell will be leading a team of volunteers working on the Picayune, Miss., home of Debbie Beard, who lost her husband two years ago to liver cancer.
Beard’s needs include light home maintenance, improvements, grounds clearing and landscaping.
“Living alone is hard, and it is even harder to take care of her home and property by herself,” Lisa Braniff noted. “We can’t wait to serve her in this way.”
The volunteers on this project will not only be helping Beard; they also will be raising money to help with costs of a major home expansion project being tackled by the Braniffs themselves, that being the adoption of their third child, 2-year-old Josiah Jian Guo, currently still in China, a resident of the Hidden Treasures Home for orphaned children with special needs.
GROWING FAMILY SEEKS YOUR SUPPORT
The Braniffs also are the parents of 23-year-old Jessica Braniff of New Orleans, and 21-year-old Ryan Braniff of Slidell and, during the past few years, have adopted two other children through Hidden Treasures Home, 6-year-old Isabella (Izzy), adopted in 2008; and 5-year-old Marianna (Mari), adopted in 2010. Izzy was born with a hole in her heart, and Mari was born without a left hand, at the forearm, and left leg, at the knee. Mari also has a fully functioning, though only partially formed, right hand.
Volunteers, including the Braniffs, will be sponsored for their day of work March 10 in the same way a 5K marathon runner or golfer earns financial support for their cause.
HOW TO HELP BEARD, THE BRANIFF FAMILY
So how can you help Beard and the Braniffs? There are several ways to get involved.
Volunteers are needed to help on the work that needs to be done at Beard’s home. Those wanting to join the work brigade can contact Rob Braniff at 504.813.7686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses and individuals also can donate supplies for the project by contacting Rob Braniff by phone or Lisa Braniff at the above email address.
Individuals, groups and businesses also can help by sponsoring the Braniffs in their endeavor. Contact the Braniffs, as noted above, or visit their Both Hands Foundation project page at http://bothhandsfoundation.org/rob-and-lisa-braniff.aspx. Tax-deductible donations made payable to Lifesong for Orphans (with the notation “preference Braniff Adoption 2486”) also may be mailed by March 31 to Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 40 / 202 North Ford St., Gridley, IL 61744. More details about Lifesong are available at www.LifesongForOrphans.org.
Finally, the Braniffs also ask for prayers — for Josiah as he waits to be joined with his “forever family”; for themselves, as they eagerly await the opportunity to answer their latest calling; for Beard, as her home is filled with workers and loving support; and for both the Both Hands Foundation and Lifesong for Orphans, as the groups continue their work on behalf of widows and orphans.
Carol Wolfram can be reached at 985.645.2857 or email@example.com.