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Someone 2 Know: Wheelbarrow Walk

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Kristen Remington
Channel 2 News

There are more than 140-million orphans worldwide. When Ashleigh and TeJay Harvey started discussing having a second child, that startling number weighed heavy on their hearts.

However, when they began looking into adoption, they discovered it is quite expensive. That is where our story begins.

I walked up to the Harvey home in Sparks and was greeted by a happy two-year-old. Eva was quick to flash a smile before showing me her bright pink ball. Eva is the light of Ashleigh and TeJay's lives. About six months ago, they contemplated having a second child. However, Ashleigh felt broken for a short period of time when she looked at Eva. She wondered about all the kids out there who do not have parents or a loving home. That is when she approached TeJay about possibly adopting. It did not take much convincing.

They studied the adoption process and discovered the greatest need is in Africa right now. Prayer led them to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ashleigh told me, "The poverty's really high, as well as sexual trafficking and child soldiers and we just really hope to take one child out of that equation." They just completed all the home study requirements and are now waiting for a phone call. When that happens, they will have to come up with $25,000.

Ashleigh organized a successful online auction with the help of other business owners (see the attached link).

So, TeJay came up with his own way to raise money. "I was like I should probably do something to contribute. She's doing all the heavy lifting, so I decided to do some heavy lifting of my own," he chuckled as he looked over at a bright yellow wheelbarrow in the front yard.

The plan? TeJay will push the wheelbarrow around the entire McCarran Boulevard loop on Saturday, June 9th. "It's just a bit under 25 miles," he reports. He will start the day at Cosmic Coffee at Prater Way and McCarran in Sparks. His family and friends plan to meet him there at 8 a.m. to pray for their adoption and for orphans around the world. From there, TeJay will walk south. He plans to stop near Longley before heading up McCarran to Caughlin Ranch. Then he will break for lunch at Qdoba in northwest Reno. He plans to take another short break near WinCo in the north, before heading back to his starting location. He hopes passersby will support him during this trek. "If somebody wants to throw some spare change - every penny counts and every penny will get us there." Or you can support them with a donation online.

More than anything, however, the Harvey family prays that their passion will spill over to others, who, perhaps, never considered lifting up, raising and caring for a less fortunate child. "All the children are God's children and they all need a loving home and we just hope to inspire others."

They have chronicled the adoption process and you can read about it on their blog, where you can also make a donation.

Also, they wish to thank the businesses that are supporting them as well:

The Town Barbers

Roy's Handyman Service

Solid Solutions Racing

Team Sports Ink

Summit Ridge Christian School

Design Tile and Stone

Caravan Camper Shells

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