Waconia Couple Provides Summer Vacation for Three Children in Need
Three sisters from Eastern Europe are visiting Waconia this summer thanks to a nonprofit that connects orphaned children with giving families in the United States.
According to the Sun Patriot, Ann and Andy Spurbeck, of Waconia, are hosting the three children thanks to something called Project 143, which children from orphanages across the world with families in the United States and gives them a break from orphanage conditions.
“I’ve wanted to help for a long time,” Ann Spurbeck told the paper. “Hosting helps break down trust issues for these children and gives them a chance at a fun summer.”
According to the story, the impact of the Project 143 program is great. Up to 80 percent of the children who are hosted every year get adopted by their host families or people their host families introduce them to. That’s not the plan for the Spurbeck, but just hosting them helps shine a light on the program, which is important to them, according to the story.
The girls staying with the couple are 5, 6 and 15, according to the story, and the community has pitched in to help the couple host the children, offering donations of cash, clothing and health checkups.
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