BOISE — Both Hands, a nonprofit in the Treasure Valley, is connecting a family and a widow and changing the lives of all involved. The Stearns family already has three biological children, but they'll soon be adopting two Ukrainian teenage orphans who have special needs, 17 year old Serhii and 16 year old Natasha.
"Being able to bring them here to America is going to be a dream. There's been, you know, thousands of prayers, tons of people helping us get to this point. It's been a very long arduous journey, but there's going to be a huge celebration when they're actually here," said Rebekah Stearns, adoptive mom.
While the project is moving forward, Both Hands is still in need of donations. You can give supplies for the project or volunteer this Saturday at Rhonda's home.
Ronda Wessleman lost her husband 17 years ago. Her home in Boise needs maintenance such as chopping wood, installing new carpet, replacing a sink, repairing a broken fence, and installing new lighting in the kitchen.
"Felt in awe that I was so blessed," said Ronda Wesselman, homeowner
Wesselman isn't connected to the Stearns family except for one special way. The nonprofit, Both Hands is raising funds for both of the worthy causes at once with a unique event on Saturday when Rhonda's home will receive a makeover.
"They explained to me by them helping me, I'm helping them and these orphans and so that's amazing to me," said Wesselman.
Funds raised will also offset the cost of the adoption for the Stearns.
"I'm not going to stop hugging them for a while. It's been a long journey and we're excited to make them a part of our family," Lorinda Tuttle, grandma of the soon-to-be-adopted children.
If you would like to donate, you can head to bothhands.org