Hi, my name is Adriana and I am 12 years old. It's hard to tell my story, but I know it might help other kids who feel the way I felt.
By the time I was 4 years old, I had already been in 3 foster homes. I remember feeling nervous and I didn’t know what was happening. It was a very scary time for me. I went to live with my forever family when I was 5 years old.
Shortly after that my mom came up with a story to tell me one night. She first asked me if I wanted to help other kids who haven't found their forever families yet and I said yes. She asked me what we could do or give to them and I told her stuffed rainbow ponies! (I love horses but I'm not sure where the rainbow idea came from!) All I knew is I wanted to do something with ponies and horses!
So my mom took that idea and told me a story one night. It was a story about a little girl who was missing someone she loved and the girl's stuffed pony came alive in the story, turned rainbow colored and shared 3 special messages to help the girl with her mixed up feelings.
My mom made that story into a book about 5 years ago and we took up a stuffed pony collection. The idea was to give these books and stuffed ponies to children in foster care. It's been a while but my mom wanted to wait to share these books and ponies until I was ready to lead this project. I do believe I am ready now!
This pony project is my way of showing other kids who are in foster homes to not worry about anything and that it will be alright. If they feel sad or scared they can hold their forever friendship pony and read the book. It will help them feel better! There's even a special tag on each pony for the kids to read. The tags say, “A forever friend to hold close to your heart whenever you need a special hug.”
￼￼In addition, I am also raising funds to sponsor foster care children to receive Equine Assisted therapy.
This is a 10 week program where the kids get to work with the horses and a therapist to explore their feelings and get any help they might need. If I could help even one kid be able do this, I would be so happy! I know the horses have helped me a lot and I feel it will be a great way to help others!How can you help?
Please click the link and help our project by donating. Funds will be used to purchase books and ponies and to sponsor children for Equine Assisted Therapy. Any amount helps. For even just $5 we can give one more book away!
We are also in need of brand new stuffed ponies/horses. If you would like to donate ponies, my wish list is here: http://a.co/ijeUkdl Lastly, if you would like to purchase a book, you can do so here: Myforeverfriendshippony All proceeds from the books go back to my project
Thank you so much!