Bring Light to the Children Under the Bridge

There are hundreds of kids under the age of 18 that live under the overpasses in Seattle, coming together as little families, fiercely defending each other, comforting each other and caring for each other when they are sick.  Unfortunately they can’t really do a good job taking care of each other living under the bridge.

Lucy, a 17 year old who has lived under the bridge off and on for the past 5 years tells me she has had pneumonia repeatedly because she has no money for antibiotics and can’t find a way to get to the doctor. Her young friends can’t cure her pneumonia. Living under the bridge in the winter certainly doesn’t help her chronic pneumonia.

My dear friend, Kathleen wrote this powerful post about the children in Seattle who live as communities under the overpasses of the city.  These children are under 18, which makes them ineligible to stay in shelters.

For the next two days (through Sunday night) , you can support the work of Until Then by purchasing a candle from Claro Candles. I’m very late sharing this, but I hope that those of you who are interested will jump in and take a look at the Claro site.  Fifty percent of all profits go to Until Then. 

Until Then exists to serve street children around the world – which includes the water projects Russ oversees in Kenya.    Additionally, Isaiah is one of the developers and owners of Claro Candles which is an innovative company supporting the work of non-profits.  Every two weeks they partner with a different organization. They champion their cause by creating a limited edition candle line and giving 50% of the profit from your purchase to their work.

The child on the label of the Until Then candle has the sweetest face ever – you want to see it – and you should probably buy some candles so you can look at it every day, like I did.  They make great little gifts as well.

Have a good weekend, friends.





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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Emily
    January 26, 2013

    .street children…. heart. no words. prayers.

  2. Susan
    January 26, 2013

    I know a godly young woman who came out of that scene….in Seattle. There is hope and our great God knows.

  3. Lori
    January 27, 2013

    Just thought I'd let you know I saw this in time and placed an order.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 27, 2013

      Thank you, Lori!


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