Movie fundraiser will help couple adopt orphaned sisters

By on January 25, 2017
The film “A Dog’s Purpose” will be screened Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road. Funds collected will help a local couple adopt two orphaned sisters from Central Asia.

The film “A Dog’s Purpose” will be screened Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road. Funds collected will help a local couple adopt two orphaned sisters from Central Asia.

 

Three teenagers from Lititz are hosting a very special movie night fundraiser, designed to help their youth pastor and his wife fulfill their dream of adopting two orphaned sisters from Central Asia.

The film “A Dog’s Purpose” will be screened Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road.

“A Dog’s Purpose” is based on the 2010 novel, written by American humorist W. Bruce Cameron, author of “8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter,” and “How to Remodel a Man.” The book and the film chronicle a dog’s journey through several lives via reincarnation and how he looks for his purpose through each of his lives. The PG-rated movie version stars Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, and Peggy Lipton; with Josh Gad as the voice of Dog.

The idea for the fundraiser germinated when Kayla Snyder, Alyssa Eberly and Emily Huber, eighth graders at Warwick Middle School, learned that their youth pastor at LEFC, Arthur Woods, and his wife, Liz, were thinking about adopting a pair of orphaned sisters from Kyrgyzstan.

Arthur and Liz hosted the sisters at their home this summer.

Arthur and Liz Woods

Arthur and Liz Woods

“Ages 16 and 8, they lived in our home for five weeks. It was fabulous,” Liz Woods said. “We fell in love immediately and hated sending them back to their home. They are our family.”

The Lititz teens met the orphaned sisters at church camp over the summer.

“They are spunky, caring, affectionate, funny, creative, artistic, and silly,” Woods explained. “Everyone who meets them loves them; no English required.”

The three middle schoolers organized the fundraiser without telling Arthur or Liz.

“A few months ago, Kayla contacted me, explaining their work and their tremendous gift to us,” said Woods. “We’ve been fundraising and sharing our story for about a year, so this truly is a gift. We have been blown away by this journey. The generosity and help of others has been humbling to say the least. But the true hero of this story are these three girls. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and done more then many others older then them.”

The sisters from Kyrgyzstan visited the Woods over the holidays, too.

“It was a tremendous blessing to have them with us again. Truly a miracle,” Woods said. “We hope to have them home by summer 2017 forever.”

The Woods are blown away by the efforts put forward by Kayla, Alyssa, and Emily Huber.

Funds collected at the screening of “A Dog’s Purpose” will be used directly by the Woods family to help fund the sisters’ adoption.

“It screams compassion, care, and action,” Liz Woods said, “allowing everyone to see that three teens really can make a difference.”

Tickets can be pre-purchased online at this link: form.jotform.com/70088966574168. For more information, Contact Stephanie Snyder at 666-8376 or slkscows@ptd.net.

Melissa Hunnefield is a staff writer at the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments at 721-4452 or mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com.

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