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Campbell Co. Family Raising Money to Adopt


Campbell Co., VA - A Campbell County husband and wife says they always knew they wanted to adopt, even before they ever met.

The family needs $21,000 to bring a little boy home from Eastern Europe.

The money will pay for the family's travel and living expenses; everything that goes into an international adoption.

People across the nation have learned about the effort to bring home Tavin through the family's blog and have donated thousands already.

One man even ran a marathon this weekend, now that fundraising is in the home stretch.

With two little boys already, the sound of trains is often heard coming from the playroom at the Anders' house. But dad Steve and mom Chrystal could at a moment's notice board a plane to pick up a little brother a world away.

"Tucker, Maddox and Tavin," Chrystal Anders said.

Though they won't know his real name until they finally meet him at the orphanage, Tavin, the name given to the little boy on the adoption website, just seems to go with the names of the other Anders boys.

"We just fell in love with him and we knew immediately he was who God was calling us to bring into our family," Steve Anders said.

The two know very little about the 2-year-old, other than he has a muscle condition... easily treated in the United States.

"They won't put money into treating them because they're not viewed as being worth the limited resources they have," Steve Anders said.


"We know that he's primarily living in a crib, simply because he can't walk. What time he has out for playtime, he's tied from his leg to a table leg. He has some mobility which is good to know, but just heartbreaking that that's normal for him," Chrystal Anders added.

The family desperately wants this to be Tavin's new normal, playing with his new brothers in their playroom.

"It really is that feeling of having a child that you just can't have access to," Chrystal Anders added. "Knowing that where he's at, the lack of care that he has, we just really want to get there as soon as we can to bring him home."

The Anders family has about $6,000 dollars left to raise to bring Tavin home, and they're hoping a BBQ fundraiser this weekend will do it.

It's from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Living Word Baptist Church on Waterlick Road in Lynchburg.

If you'd like, you can also contribute to the adoption costs through the family's blog site here.


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