Hi everyone. I’m Ted. You’ve heard a bit from my wife, Steph, but you haven’t heard from me yet. I’m the soft-spoken, behind-the-scenes IT guy of this operation. I built and run this website and I manage the finances as they pertain to hosting Alina.
A few people have asked about making tax-free donations. Donating directly to us, unfortunately, is not tax-deductible because we are not legally a charity. Because we are not a charity, many of you may be leery of donating directly to strangers, and rightfully so (I would be). The world, particularly the Internet, is full of scam artists. But have no fear! HostUkraine.org, the hosting organization through which we are able to host Alina, is a real, honest-to-goodness, 501(c)(3) charity. At the bottom is a link to donate directly to them.
Donating to HostUkraine does have its advantages, such as tax deductions and the security of knowing that some scumbag isn’t stealing your hard-earned money. However, donating directly to us can potentially be more helpful. Here is why:
Remember back on the title page of this website when I said “[Alina] owns nothing, not even her own clothes?” I didn’t say that for dramatic affect; she literally does not own any of her own clothes. She will arrive here with two sets of clothes: the set that she is wearing, and another set in her backpack. Both sets of clothes, the backpack, and her shoes will all be loaned to her from a sort of clothing library. She checked that stuff out, and she will be responsible for checking all that stuff back in. Failure to do so will result in consequences of some sort. I don’t know what those consequences are, but I know I don’t want her to have to deal with them. Besides that, two sets of clothes are not adequate for eleven weeks in a foreign country. We will need to provide her with enough clothes for the summer. We will need to provide her with lots of things, and we are not wealthy people.
Donating directly to HostUkraine will help pay for the administrative costs of actually getting her here. It costs HostUkraine $2950 to get Alina here. As of March 2, 2017, we have raised about half that. Donating to HostUkraine is certainly welcome, and we are grateful for it; however, any money over the $2950 will not be sent to us to help with expenses, but rather put towards future trips.
Whichever way you choose to donate, please know that we are grateful for it. By donating. you are impacting a child’s life in ways that can scarcely be explained. Thank you so much for your generosity.
To donate to HostUkraine for Alina, please click here.
To donate to the Howe family for Alina, please click here.