Father using woodworking hobby to raise funds for adoption

DORR TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Zehr's have started the roughly one-year journey to adopt a child internationally.

The journey, however, will cost thousands of dollars. On average, international adoptions cost between $30,000 and $45,0000.

Dan and Sheila Zehr first need the initial adoption fee of $5,000. To help raise that money, Dan Zehr is turning his hobby into a new cause: to bring home a child.

"We really want to bring this child home," Dan Zehr said. "We don't know what they look like, but we know we have a fifth member of our family out there."

He has been woodworking for about seven years and creates everything from tables to home decor. His hobby is one of the primary ways the couple hopes to raise funds to adopt their child.

The Zehr's also hope to have a spaghetti dinner, yard sale and other events to raise donations.

If the adoption process goes smoothly, the family may be bringing home the fifth member of their family as soon as March.

The family has created a Facebook page to accept donations. Dan Zehr’s work can also be found for purchase on Facebook Marketplace and other online platforms.

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