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Hansen, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) When the holidays come around, most of us think about spending them with family. But that's not always possible, especially if you're an orphan.
"My name is Abby, I'm 12 years old, and I'm from Bulgaria."
Abby was adopted by Kevin and Joy McClain of Hansen just a few years ago.
The McClains describe orphanages in Eastern Europe as either pretty decent or really horrible. In some cases, when orphans turn three or four years old, they're often sent to institutions, some of which are for mental patients.
Adoptive parent Joy McClains says, "They're in cages, they're in cribs their whole life. They just sit in there and rock back and forth. Some of them are tied in there."
In other cases, even if those individuals are physically mobile, there's often nothing constructive for them to do. That's why she's such a strong supporter of Orphan Sunday.
Joy McClains says, "To be thinking about promoting the cause of orphans, to increase awareness, and then hopefully to increase participation."
For Joy McClain's daughter Abby, Orphan Sunday is a day to celebrate, because she has a family now.
Abby McClain says, "I'm so glad that I don't have to be an orphan any more."
Orphan Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday, November 3rd. For more information, visit www.orphansunday.org .
October 29, 2013.