Shanghai Children’s Home

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I just spent two weeks in China and Taiwan. One of the highlights was a tour of the Shanghai Children’s Home, an orphanage that houses over 600 children of all ages, most with special needs ranging from very minor to more serious. I was able to witness the deep commitment of the Home’s leaders and the passion of their care-givers. Most importantly, I saw many of the children.

Every time I visit an orphanage, I think to myself that these are the cutest children ever and that proved to be the case once again at the Shanghai Children’s Home. When you enter a room with about 20 three-year old orphans, you just want to embrace them all and give them a dose of fatherly affection. Invariably, one really captures your heart. For me, this time it was a smiling little boy who playfully pointed his “gun” (thumb and index finger) at me. I did the same back to him and he laughed and I was hooked. It was hard to leave.

I am so grateful for the work of the Shanghai Children’s Home and the support they receive from the Chinese government. It makes me proud that Gladney has worked with the Home for nearly fifteen years and that Gladney parents have volunteered at the Home.

I’m pleased to announce that we are formalizing our partnership with the Shanghai Children’s Home and will work even closer together in the future.

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