So, earlier in the week, when it was “looking” like something would happen but we didn’t know when it would happen, a friend of one of our adoptive parents made a phone call to one of her clients.
“Hi Ralph (not real name), I’ve got a favor to ask of you. I’ve got a friend who is in the process of adopting from Haiti and with everything that is going on in Haiti, it looks like she might get her daughter home sooner. The “problem” is that she might find out, with less than 24 hours notice, that she needs to get to Miami. Is there any chance that you’d let her fly down there on your plane?”
“Let me check on a few things, I’ll call you back.”
In less than 30 minutes, the call back came, “Tell your friend to talk to Ned at Northern Air and he will take care of anything that the parents need. It will not be my plane because I don’t want any publicity from it. It’s not about me, it’s about the kids and their parents. But it’s all paid for by me.”
To this day, outside of the people at Northern Air, I believe there are only two of us who know the identity of the donor who picked up the tab for the flight.
I do know this, he and another local company that donated the use of one of their planes made a substantial difference for the families that got to use them. The ease of getting through security, the timing, the entire process was a whole lot less stressful because of them.
Thank you to Amway Corporation and to “He who must not be named” for your generosity and your willingness to play a part in bringing these kids home to their families.