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Family needs help adopting child from Africa

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - One Whitesburg family has already adopted a child from Ethiopia and now they need your help adopting a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Reagan Berry visited Africa when she was college, and saw how many orphans were forced to live.

"These kids had flies on their eyes and they were laying in their own feces and they were filthy and abandoned and forgotten," said Berry.

She says at that point she knew she wanted to adopt some children from Africa one day. In 2012, her and her husband adopted Addis.

The Berry family says at the state run orphanage in Ethiopia that Addis was living in, he was spending most of his time laying on his back in his bed. They say he only left the bed one hour a day, and when they brought him to the United States, the back side of his head was flat and he barely had any strength.

"He had never had anyone to hold him or stimulate him or sit him up. He just laid on his back his whole life. He was very lethargic. Not responsive," Berry said.

The Berry family says Addis is doing well and they have adopted Kona, who is one year old, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, too. They say Kona will come to their home in the next six months.

There will be multiple fundraisers in Whitesburg to help fund the adoption, and the Berry's say they are grateful.

"We believe scripture. We believe the word of God and it has told and commanded us to take care of orphans and widows in their distress," said Jonathan Berry, the father.

The Berry family says Kona and Addis are just as much their children as their biological daughter Stella.

There is a fundraiser this Friday at Here Comes the Bun in Whitesburg, where 20 percent of all sales will be donated toward adopting Kona. For more information about the Berry family story and additional fundraisers, go to www.reaganandjonathan.blogspot.com .


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