Advocate Hope Shop raises funds and awareness for adoption

Advocate Hope Shop raises funds and awareness for adoption

Written by: Julia Perla Huisman
March 14, 2018


It’s a well-known fact that adoption is an expensive process. Many families choosing to adopt rely on fundraisers such as T-shirt sales or event auctions. Laura and Josh Duggleby of Wheatfield wanted to take a different route to not only raise adoption funds but also support local artisans. So they built the Advocate Hope Shop. 

“The Advocate Hope Shop is an online shop selling goods that are handcrafted by talented artisans in efforts to bring hope and awareness around orphan care,” says Laura Duggleby, who is also a photographer and takes all of the photos for the shop. Items include handmade jewelry, clothing, home decor, and massage therapy.  

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It’s a well-known fact that adoption is an expensive process. Many families choosing to adopt rely on fundraisers such as T-shirt sales or event auctions. Laura and Josh Duggleby of Wheatfield wanted to take a different route to not only raise adoption funds but also support local artisans. So they built the Advocate Hope Shop. 

“The Advocate Hope Shop is an online shop selling goods that are handcrafted by talented artisans in efforts to bring hope and awareness around orphan care,” says Laura Duggleby, who is also a photographer and takes all of the photos for the shop. Items include handmade jewelry, clothing, home decor, and massage therapy.  

Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby
This custom handcrafted bag by artisan Mary Duggleby is one of the items featured in the Advocate Hope Shop.
Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby
Hope journal by artisans Emily Karwoski and Mary Duggleby
Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby
This custom handcrafted bag by artisan Mary Duggleby is one of the items featured in the Advocate Hope Shop.
Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby
Hope journal by artisans Emily Karwoski and Mary Duggleby

“I wanted to create products that people would want to buy anyway, just now as a way to also bless talented artisans as well as raise funds for adoption,” Duggleby says. She adds that 100 percent of the net profits go toward international adoption efforts, including the Dugglebys’ own adoption of a child from Burundi, Africa. 

“Ideally, we would love to grow and expand the shop to become a nonprofit organization one day,” she says. “We hope to expand our goal of advocating hope for orphans by partnering with organizations aiding in education around the world to help reduce the number of orphans growing each day, as well as come alongside other couples and families in their journeys of adoption or foster care.” 

Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby
Pine industrial breakfast tray by artisan Matt Miranda

For now, Duggleby says they are doing what they can to foster hope in the lives of those around them. “This shop has been an amazing journey thus far of highlighting the beauty of community and people standing for a cause,” she says.We just feel so grateful to be a part.”