BOUNTIFUL С You can help one local family bring their little girl home.
Woods Cross residents Drew and Erin Yeates have adopted a little girl named Mabel from Ethiopia. It’s their second attempt after a failed adoption earlier this year. The earlier, reversed adoption has wiped the family out financially, and a fundraiser on Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Creative Arts Academy in Bountiful will help them afford one more trip to Africa to bring Mabel home.
“It’s been quite a journey,” said Erin Yeates. “Honestly, that extra trip just depleted everything. We’d like to be able to pay for the airfare to get us there.”
The fundraiser event, which will include a bounce house, a silent auction, face painting and several vendors, was the brainchild of Erin’s eight-year-old nephew.
“He knew everything we’d been through, and he told his mom ‘Why don’t we do a fundraiser to help them out?’” she said. “My sisters and mom really got on board, but he was the one who started it all.”
The Yeateses, who have a six-year-old biological daughter named Olive, had talked about adoption since before they were married. They started the process in 2010 by submitting a request to Children’s House International, a group that tries to match Ethiopian orphans with prospective families. The group sends referrals to would-be parents.
“There was so many reasons we decided to adopt,” said Yeates. “It just felt like the right thing to do for our family.”
For more information check out the August 23 edition of Davis Clipper.