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3/4/06-Longview

Fundraiser Helps Gilmer Couple Adopt

A different kind of fundraiser took place in Gilmer today in and event held to help a couple adopt two little boys. A silent auction, a bake sale, and a martial arts demonstration. All of it in an effort to help the Grimaldo family raise money for legal costs in an effort to get two little boys out of foster care, and adopt them into their family.

"We're trying to get them out of a bad situation and a bad home life and try to raise them in a good home, a Christian home, and just take care of them and love them," said Amy Grimaldo.

Devon, 4, and James, 2, have been in foster care for almost a year. The older brother of the boys Anthony Johnson, tragically died in a foster home over the summer, and the Grimaldos have sought every avenue to adopt the boys. "I've just been putting it in gods hands and just carrying us along with this and so far it's been working," said Berto Grimaldo.  "We're just tired of seeing them go through this lifestyle and we wanted to give them a better life," Amy says.

The event was held at Gilmer Tae Kwon Do Academy where Berto is studying to be an instructor. "Especially when it's one of your own here that we're working with, it's a joy to see everyone come together and make an event happen like this. It takes more than one person to do that," said Gilmer Tae Kwon Do Director Dale Robinson.

The auction even had items from Neal McCoy donated, and many area residents turned out to help the loving couple. The Grimaldos want to get the children in a safe and loving environment.

"If you care for somebody your going to do what ever you can to make it happen," says Berto.

More than $1,500 was raised in the event today. If you would like to help you can make a donation to Cypress bank of Pittsburg in the Grimaldo name.

Bob Hallmark reporting, bhallmark@kltv.com

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