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Reader Spotlight: Adopting a Cause

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In 2004, after dining with friends who had adopted a baby from China, Kelly Putty and her husband, Shane, decided they wanted to adopt, too. That the Brentwood, Tennessee, couple already had five children, ages 4 to 12, didn't sway them. Kelly, 37, says that an earlier trauma in her life has given her "a huge heart for helping kids." At 16, she was kidnapped by two men and sexually assaulted. She escaped, but was left with deep emotional scars.

Adopting a Cause
In 2008, the Puttys received news that a 4-year-old Ethiopian boy, Nathaniel, would be their new son. In Africa, Kelly became attached to Nathaniel's friends at the orphanage. "When I was told that no one wanted to adopt these children, I took pictures and emailed them to my friends, who sent them to people they know," Kelly says. As a result, the kids found homes—and Kelly found the inspiration to start Ordinary Hero, a nonprofit that works with adoption agencies to find homes for orphans.

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Changing Kids' Lives
Reaching out to potential adopters through OrdinaryHero.org, Kelly has organized four trips to Africa, resulting in over 40 adoptions. "Orphanages there often don't have the resources to get the word out about their kids," she says. "That's where we come in." In addition, the group runs a program that helps offset the cost of adoption for parents-to-be with limited resources.

Expanding Their Reach
With plenty of work to do closer to home, OH also donates school supplies and holiday gifts to children in Nashville's homeless shelters. And the group came together for victims of Tennessee's 2010 flood, collecting furniture, food and supplies for displaced families. "This is my full-time, nonpaying job," jokes Kelly.






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