SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Not everyone can adopt a child, especially one with special needs. A nationwide charity called Recce’s Rainbow is helping families get the funds they need to adopt orphaned children who have Down syndrome.
International Fitness, in Springfield, held a Zumbathon along to help raise money for Reece’s Rainbow. Dozens of people broke out in a sweat Thursday night to share their support for the cause.
Instructor Lauren Horton has adopted five special needs children, 4-year-old Sophia being the latest.
Horton says she’s so grateful the community is stepping up for these children.
“We appreciate all the small things more than we did before,” said Horton. “I mean little successes, smaller goals and we are just enjoying life with these kids and they bring a tremendous amount of joy to our lives.”
Reece’s Rainbow hopes to put the funds raised Thursday towards a fund for a Bulgarian girl.
If a large amount of money is put in her name, the group says a family will likely step up and adopt her.