When all is said and done, the red tape involved in adopting a Russian brother and sister — known by their Americanized names Jonah and Lila — could cost around $50,000.
To help Eric and Elizabeth Stepien in making that dream a reality, members of LifeSpring Community Church, 14735 Wood Farm Road, will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the church.
The costs associated with adopting the siblings, who are HIV positive, includes trips to Russia, mandated medical screenings and background checks and lots and lots of paperwork, according to mom Elizabeth Stepien.
So far, fundraisers including a May 19 “Rock-A-Thon” and a donation site have raised more than $12,000 to help bring Jonah, 3, and Lila, 1-1/2, home to their new family. They’ll be welcomed by big brother Abram, 6, and sisters Ania, 4, and Evi, 3.
Anyone interested in donating items to the rummage sale can drop them off at the church between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 through Friday, July 29.
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