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An area family is receiving a wealth of community support to help make their dreams come true.
Paul and Hope Anne Dueck are hoping to adopt six-year-old Katya from eastern Europe. The couple feels they can help this child escape life in an institution where many with special needs are sent.
"I think what's going to be amazing is to watch her bloom and blossom as she gets the medical care and the love and the education that she needs," said Hope Anne Dueck. "I think that's just an amazing thing, watching how a kids life and personality and everything can change and how they become the kids that god created them to be."
A fundraiser was held on Saturday at the Anchor Church in Zanesville; the public was welcomed to participate in a silent auction and to also enjoy home cooked food and entertainment. Family friends Maria and Robert Montgomery decided to take the initiative to seek out donations from the community.
"Most of the people we went to said they don't get asked for donations very often and so it's just a good reminder their whole adoption process shows us that every little bit helps," said Maria Montgomery.
To follow the family's journey, you can visit their bog at www.bringingkatyahome11.blogspot.com