Moscow Mills, Mo. - One family turns the loss of a child into an annual fundraiser to help support other families with the process of adoption.
Bree’s Gift raised $55,000 with its annual 2021 Sunflower Family Festival on July 3.
The cumulative total of how much Bree’s Gift has raised since it was started in 2019 is $550,000.
“The first Sunflower Family Festival was held at Aquila Barn in July 2020,” said Shauna Coin, Bree’s Gift Board Member. “The event was created as a signature event to honor Bree’s legacy, designed as family-friendly and filled with many of the things and activities Bree loved.”
Bree’s Gift, a 501©(3) organization, was founded in honor of Bree Isabel Johnley, who passed away in October 2019 at only four years old.
“Channeling their grief into purpose a few months later, her parents created Bree’s Gift which provides qualified families seeking domestic and/or international adoptions with funding to secure and complete their adoption,” said Coin.
Coin said that the amounts that the organization donates vary depending on each family and their specific funding needs.
“Bree’s Gift sets itself apart as a unique funding organization and resource for families seeking adoption, from supplementing fundraising efforts to providing full funding,” she said.
“In its beginnings, a steadfast mission of bringing hope to these families continues to blossom into a purpose for bridging a wide gap in the journey of each family with whom we are connected.”
The mission of Bree’s Gift is that children in need know no borders; Bree’s Gift globally impacts children from different countries with different needs. Connecting a child with the home they were meant to have, and the gift of family.
“To date Bree’s Gift has been able to provide funding to five families, completing the adoption of six children,” said Coin.
“We currently have an additional 14 families in various stages of their adoption journey who we have committed to providing funding to bring their child home.”
Coin said that Bree lived a life full of love and she believes her legacy carries on and that love truly is what makes a family.