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"Both Hands" transforms lives of two families

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-30 00:48:28-04

BOISE — Two families who wouldn't have otherwise known each other were connected in a special way Saturday.

The Stearns family already had three biological children. Now they are adopting two Ukrainian teenage orphans who have special needs, seventeen year old Serhii and sixteen year old Natasha.

"Just realizing there's a huge need if there's something we can do to help. We are totally on board, we can adopt a million of them if we could afford it. God letting us do two so we're super thankful for that," said Rebekah Stearns, adoptive parent.

Ronda Wessleman lost her husband 17 years ago and her home in Boise needed some work.

Through the nonprofit, Both Hands, both families will receive help they need. All goods for Wessleman's home makeover were donated by businesses. They also volunteered their time.

"How can you not want to be a part of that. I want my daughter to see us being a part of that so she grows up and wants to help too," said Jon Cayton, Floor Coverings International.

"It's just good on my heart you know. I felt like I needed to give back since we've been helped out so much since we've been here," said Mark Stidham, Right Angle Fencing.

While the work was being done, the group collected sponsorships to help make the Stearns' adoption dream become a reality.

"We heard all these bad stories about how people are awful and this is a great day to show that, that's not the case. We are still out here, people that have hearts and are willing to give to strangers, we're here and this is a great representation of it today and I'm proud to be a part of that," said Lorinda Tuttle, grandmother of the adopted children.

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