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Nebraska Children's Home hosts annual fundraiser in Tri-Cities
An event is coming up and it's a fundraiser for an organization that does a lot to help people in need in the community. Daren Niemeyer from the Nebraska Children's Home Society spoke with News 5 about the event.
Amy: Daren, can you tell us about this event coming up on Saturday?
Daren: Yeah, the Nebraska Children's Home Society, we're hosting our annual event for the Tri-City area called "Weaving Families" and it's, basically, a supper with information and kinda getting out there to the public what it actually costs for an adoption and of total placement and everything like that. So, it's kinda expensive and this is one of our big fundraisers for the year.
Amy: Especially since you help these teenagers, whoever it may be, through the entire process from prenatal care, psychologically you help them as well, and then afterwards.
Daren: That's right. The Children's Home not only counsels these unplanned pregnancies - the moms. Not all of them go with placement. Some of them decide to parent themselves and it's probably, I'd say, two-thirds or three-fourths parent themselves. But it's the education they get and if they do make an adoption plan it extends on to that. And then if we adopted kids 9 and 11 years ago we still go to some of the meetings, information meetings, and just continuing education and all the way through.
Amy: And the testimonials from some of these people that have had unplanned pregnancy are just incredible. That's one of the things these people are going to hear when they come to the benefit, correct?
Daren: That's right. We're going to have speakers talk about anywhere's from the birth mom talking about her experience. We'll have parents of newly adopted; we'll have parents that adopted awhile ago, kids that will come along and talk about their experience of being adopted and being placed in a family. So, it's a full gamut of information that will be heard that night.
Amy: Why is this something close to your heart?
Daren: Well, we adopted our two kids. We got one that's 11 and one that's 9 and so we worked with Nebraska Children's Home. Before our son came we'd actually been with them about 14 years now. So it's something that's just part of our lives.
Amy: Alright, we want to make sure people know when and where and how to get tickets. Where do they go?
Daren: It's Saturday night in Grand Island at the Heartland Events Center, Bosselman Center. For information you can call my cell phone number 308-830-0546.
Amy: Fantastic. Thank you so much.
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