It was six years ago when Greg and Jaclyn Scott and the rest of their family dealt with the tragedy of losing their 2-year-old son, Kane.
They’d adopted Kane when he was a newborn, and on a Friday morning, Aug. 25, 2017, Kane didn’t wake up.
Scott, who was principal at Milan High School at the time, and Jaclyn, who was kids’ ministry director at The Church at Sugar Creek in Humboldt, relied on their faith to work through the grief of losing their youngest of four children.
But after some time passed, Jaclyn said she began to pray asking God for helping her find purpose in the pain of losing Kane.
“My prayer was just asking God that we know there’s a purpose for everything He allows us to go through, and I wanted to know what our purpose was,” Jaclyn said. “And what good could come from that situation.”
The Scotts felt divine leading that guided them to begin a fundraising group whose goal was to help families looking to adopt with handling the cost of adoption.
Private adoptions can easily cost thousands of dollars.
“Not everyone who feels called to adopt has the financial means by themselves to be able to do it,” Jaclyn said. “So we feel led to help families with that.”
It was in November of 2021 when the Scotts unveiled “Kane’s Gift,” which honors the memory of the son they lost and defines what they’re trying to give other families.
To date, the fund has given $81,000 to 22 families to get 26 children adopted.
“That’s almost a family each month, and that’s definitely more than we expected to be able to give when this started,” Greg said.
Jaclyn said the geographic scope of the fund has been considerably more than they planned too.
“We expected this to be a West Tennessee thing,” Jaclyn said. “But we’ve given money to families as far away as Washington state and Pennsylvania.
“But we’re OK with that because children in Washington need a good loving family too.”
On Saturday, Kane’s Gift is having a celebration service at Fellowship Bible Church at the corner of McClellan Road and Pleasant Plains Road. Christian singer Mark Schultz will be performing, and he’ll also tell his own story that includes him being adopted as a child and adopting children as an adult.
There are still about 25 general admission tickets available for the event for $25 apiece.
“We’re sold out of table seats, but for anyone who wants to come hear Mark’s show without the meal, they’re available through Friday,” Jaclyn said.
Tickets are available for purchase online at hubcityevents.com.
Brandon Shields, firstname.lastname@example.org