BETHANY—On Tuesday, Nov. 19, vendors and shoppers alike filled the CUBE activity building on Bethany, Council Road’s campus. The “shopping with a purpose” event, The Gift Goes On, celebrated its 10th year. All proceeds from the event go directly toward financially assisting Christian families going through the process of adopting a child. The financial scholarships are distributed through the Karis Adoption Fund.
One adoption can cost up to $50,000 for a family. Karis Adoption Fund helps alleviate the financial burden for these families in order to provide the opportunity for more orphans to become sons and daughters. Over its 10 years of adoption support, Karis has raised more than $375,000 through its Christmas market, The Gift Goes On.
This year, the event raised more than $64,000 through its 30 vendors, a raffle, a silent auction and on-site food trucks. Vendors included popular Oklahoma boutiques and stores such as Blue Seven, Cuppies and Joe, Paper + More, PB&J Games, Simpleton Goods and more. The food truck selection ranged from waffles and coffee to burgers and pizza. The silent auction boasted of items anywhere from vacation home stays in Colorado to holiday family photoshoots. Shoppers came from across the state to take part in the event, checking off their Christmas shopping lists and supporting the cause for adoption.
Through the Lord’s work through the Karis Adoption Fund, 123 children have found a forever home in adoption. One such child was adopted by Katie and Matt Harder’s family. The Harders brought home their little girl, Millie, from China this past May.
“Adoption is heartbreaking,” Katie said, “but also incredibly beautiful. The journey is completely worth it. Don’t let your fears stop you from pursuing adoption if it is on your heart. We have been extremely blessed through the entire process and are happy to be a part of the lucky few.”
To learn more about The Gift Goes On, visit thegiftgoeson.com. To learn more about the Karis Adoption Fund, visit karisadoptionfund.org.