“There are many who grow up not knowing the love of a family, and that breaks our hearts. There are also many who live wanting nothing more than to be that family to a child in need despite the obstacles.”
~ Hal and Jen Griffin
Hal and Jen Griffin are co-founders of Remnant, an online Wilmington business that turns discarded materials into beautiful hand-crafted accessories and bags. (Their work also has been featured in Southern Living magazine.) Each piece of salvaged fabric is meticulously sewn with new to create unique and sturdy products. But discarded fabric is not the only thing they are restoring. Hal and Jen Griffin hope to help restore the lives of children through adoption.
In 2009 the Griffins heard a family’s story of adoption while attending a Christian conference. The story planted a seed in the the couple's hearts, and they knew that adoption would one day be a part of their story. But they didn’t realize at the time that adoption would mean much more to them than starting their own family.
In 2011, after much prayer and research, the Griffins began pursuing their own adoption through Bethany Christian Services. It's been a long and tedious process. On their website they write, “Throughout the year-long road of applications, questionnaires, classes, book readings, interviews, out of town meetings, and all of the waiting in between, one thing remained the same—a deep desire to be a family to a child who would otherwise not know one.”
But another desire has sprouted from that seed of adoption planted three years ago. That is the desire to help other families adopt as well. Even while in the midst of their own waiting, preparing, and hoping to be chosen to be parents, Hal and Jen have started a campaign to help fund their adoption and the adoptions of other families who are struggling financially with the cost.
They have started the KIN Project. The KIN motto: “When you invest in others, you become family. You become kin.”
KIN leather wrap bracelets are cool. Not only are they cool, but the purchase of a bracelet helps couples adopt a child who needs a loving home.
I love when our own disappointments and struggles become a blessing for someone else. Oh for all of us to have eyes to see beyond our own needs and allow our Maker to use us way beyond ourselves. It's all in the family.
To purchase a bracelet and help with the adoption of a child click on KIN.