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Ben and Brandi need help completing the adoption of their 3-year old son, Noah. Please help them realize their dream to finally be a family.

Tears. Hopelessness. Anger. Desperation. Have you ever wanted something so bad you couldn't imagine life without it? Ask any couple who has experienced the myriad of emotions that comes with fertility problems.

Ask Ben and Brandi Van Meter.

The Van Meters were married in June of 2000 and almost immediately began trying for children. Months turned into years but they had no luck. For nearly 9 years they held out hope that they would be parents, until finally... a miracle found its way to them. It came in the form of an 9-month old boy with a cheeky smile and a laugh that could melt steel.

Noah was being cared for by his great grandmother (Brandi's step-grandmother). At 9 months old though, he was fast becoming more than she could handle. Along with Noah's birth mother, they graciously blessed the Van Meters as Noah's legal guardians.

Ben and Brandi finally got what they had wanted for so long... a family.

Noah, 3 years old now, has already touched the hearts of so many. He talks to anyone and everyone (including his imaginary friends - a family of gorillas), he gives "BIIIIIIIG HUGGGGs" to anyone and everyone (including trees), and he says, "I love you," with such conviction you feel like the most important person in the world. Anyone he meets immediately becomes his friend.

Now Noah needs his friends' help... And his mommy's friends and his daddy's friends and their friends' friends. The townhouse that the Van Meters rent is being foreclosed and they are being forced to move out by February. If they do not finalize Noah's adoption before then, they will have to start the home study over from scratch, doubling the cost. Brandi is in school part-time and takes care of Noah full-time, so Ben's full-time job is their sole source of income. With the added cost of moving, the adoption fees are more than they can afford.

This little boy makes his mommy and daddy play, laugh, learn, and swell with pride. Though he has been in their home for almost 3 years, he has been in their hearts for over a decade... This little boy makes their house a home. Please help them raise the money they need to make their dream come true... FINALLY adopting their cheeky-smiled, "BIG HUG"-giving son, Noah.
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