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While adoptions are finalized all year in Livingston County, Michigan Adoption Day each November aims to shine a light on the importance of adoption and the needs of children in Michigan’s foster care.
Laura Colvin / Livingston Daily

A Mississippi couple has won a competition that helps with the costs for those trying to adopt a child.

Matthew and Virginia Alexander of Meadville entered a contest by a company called Fund the Nations that makes T-shirts with the profits helping overseas missions. The company was offering to help a couple looking to adopt by awarding them up to $30,000. To win, the couple had to earn the most votes on the company’s website. The newlyweds beat out 10 other couples with 19,776 votes, according to the Fund the Nations Facebook page. The Alexanders will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in December.

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The couple started the process with an adoption agency in April. They were told that the entire process could cost upward of $40,000. 

Adoption is something Matthew and Virginia both felt strongly about for years and is something they said God laid on their hearts before they ever met. They haven’t been matched with a child yet and don’t know whether their baby is a boy or a girl or even if it’s born yet. But the couple is confident that their child is on the other side of the world in Bulgaria. 

 

 

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