Georgetown College – Mar 21, 2012
Stories from Georgetown...
A little less than a month ago I found out that a giant red double decker bus from England was coming to my campus. Having previously traveled to England and fallen in love with everything about it's culture I was extremely excited about the bus itself, but I wasn't fully aware of the reason it was coming. To be honest I initially signed up because of the bus, but it was the cause that kept me working way past my shift. I can see how much this project cares about its cause and I was so happy to join in, even if it was just for a day. I feel good about taking action to help orphans with such a creative and innovative idea to raise money. I'm shocked that nothing like this has really been thought of and brought to a college campus, but I'm SO GLAD it has now! I wish the Red Bus Project all the best and I will continue to support their cause because of the people I've met and the positive experience I have had with them.
This past year I had the great opportunity to travel to Guatemala. While I was there, I was able to visit and work in an orphanage. I saw a great need there and became very passionate about helping out. No one deserves to be without a family. When I came back home to Kentucky, I didn't know of many ways to help out orphans while I'm here. Once I heard about the Red Bus Project, I was so excited for them to come to my campus. It is great to see so many people getting involved and hearing about this cause where I live. There is such a huge need that goes unnoticed because the United States is a "land of opportunity." All of the bad is hidden by these opportunities and the wealth of a few. It is great that this group is traveling and spreading the word to so many people about this need...and it's really awesome to have a red double decker bus sitting in the middle of campus :)
The fall of 2006 my parents sat down the 4 of us kids and told us that they had been looking into the situation in China with the girls. They also told us that they decided that our family was going to adopt a girl from China. At first, I was bitter towards the situation because our family in my mind was complete. I quickly figured out that wasn't the case. As I learned more about orphans and specifically in China, I felt my heart grow tremendously. We have now had Adelie for a little over 4 years and I couldn't be more passionate about finding a home for children that don't have one. I often find myself frustrated that as a college student I'm contained on a campus and that I can't go. The Red Bus Project has been so exciting for me because it is an opportunity for college students to be directly involved in caring for orphans. I love to see the other students on my campus have their eyes and hearts exposed to something that we have an opportunity to advocate for. Thank you, Red Bus Project!
14 years ago my family adopted a boy from Iquitos, Peru. Growing up with an adopted brother has given me a passion to work as an advocate. One of my favorite things to do is to share my personal story about how adoption has changed my life and the life of my family. I have had the opportunity to work with local organizations within my hometown and have thoroughly enjoyed those experiences but have been looking for a new way to have a broader focus within adoption. My true passion is for international adoption and having the Red Bus Project on campus has opened up new doors for ways I can get involved on my own and within my campus community. It is so encouraging to interact with fellow classmates who are just as concerned with the advocacy of an issue so dear to my heart. I want to encourage everyone to find their own way to get involved in what they care about. And, let's be real, I am a girl so I am also quite the fan of the mobile thrift store aspect. I am so thankful to the Red Bus Project and am looking forward to working with this organization more in the future.
- Arielle Evans