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Auntie’s Angels Uganda

Jesse and I are both passionate advocates for children in poverty, and we are proud supporters of Auntie’s Angels Inc. and their work to serve the most vulnerable children in Uganda. One of the Bible passages that is most meaningful and inspirational to us in how we want to live our lives is Proverbs 31:8-9, which reads, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” The orphans that Auntie’s Angels sponsors come from all kinds of horrible situations. Some of them have been abandoned, while others have run away from their home due to abuse. Others have no living relatives left to help care for them. They are highly susceptible to illnesses, they have very few possessions, and the biggest struggle that they deal with on a daily basis is not having nearly enough food to eat. Auntie’s Angels focuses its work especially on providing education, food and basic needs for as many orphans as possible, so that they can not only survive, but thrive, today and for the rest of their lives.

Auntie’s Angels is currently looking to purchase one or two acres to build a school so that they will be able to reach out and help even more orphans. With a school, they could enroll and help three hundred orphans. In most Ugandan schools there are many serious issues, such as inadequate feeding, overcrowded classrooms and dormitories, physical abuse and an overall lack of compassion and caring for the children. Auntie’s Angels wants to run a school with high standards that provides the students with excellent care and education. This building project will probably be a three to five year venture. Auntie’s Angels is a small organization, and a partnership with Chosen Marathon to raise funds for this will make an incredible difference.

This year, Jesse and I are very thankful to have an incredible team of people working to raise not only awareness of this incredible organization but also as much funds as possible for the school building project. We will be sponsoring the Chosen Marathon 1/3 Mile Kids’ Fun Run through providing different activities for the kids and families. We will have face painting, balloon animals, a craft station where kids can make cards to send to the orphans Auntie’s Angels supports in Uganda, and free professional family pictures available. Our good friends Heather Joy Pitamber, Samuel Pitamber, Meg Betanco, Jessica Buehlman, and Jeremy Buehlman will all be helping us run these activities. Our good friend Joshua Wright is designing all of our banners and print materials for us, and for that we are incredibly grateful. My mom, Lori Gaston, signed up with Jesse and I to be a “sleepwalker” for the race (you donate but do not run), and our friend Derrick Freshour will be running the half marathon for our team. My dad, Robert Gaston, will be spending the day with our toddler Annalisa so that Jesse and I will be able to focus on our race day duties, and for that we are most appreciative! We are so thankful to everyone on our team for helping us get this fundraising effort off the ground.

To our friends, family and everyone else who may be reading this story, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us in our efforts through prayer and encouragement, sharing this page with your friends, registering to run or “sleepwalk,” coming out to support us and join in on the festivities, or by making a generous contribution to alleviate the financial burden that Auntie’s Angels is facing with this school building project. We are thankful to you for taking the time to look at our webpage, and we encourage you to learn more about the work Auntie’s Angels does in Uganda and their $15 a month child sponsorship program by visiting

Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.
As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family.

Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption.

ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in 780 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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