Area businesses to help couple

By David Brinson

After their wedding two years ago, Sam and Amanda Hann knew immediately they wanted to start a family. Their road to becoming parents has turned into a long, expensive adoption process, blocked with endless fees and disappointment.

However, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., many of Wabash’s small business owners are rallying around the Hanns by donating 10 percent of their sales to the couple.

The businesses participating in the event include Tiny Threads Children’s Boutique, Eclectic Shoppe, Wooden Ivy Boutique and Floral, Center Court Barber Shop, Bash Boutique, Nick’s Hotdog Cart, Wabash’s Pizza King and more. Prizes for donating are available, which were provided by other businesses throughout Wabash, like the Auto Laundry and Charley Creek Wine Shop.

The Hanns began the adoption process in April 2018 and thought they’d found their baby (a boy), but the birth mother had a change of heart and decided to keep her child after the delivery. The whole process hit reset. They had to start all over. Now, they hope they’ve found their perfect match: an unborn girl in Mississippi, due July 22.

Realizing all the items they’d bought for the first match was for a boy, Amanda decided to shop at Tiny Threads Children’s Boutique to find new clothes. When the boutique’s owner, Leah Hines, happened to strike up a conversation with Amanda, she was moved by the couple’s story.

“We had been starting to talk as small business owners about giving back to the community more than we have been,” Hines said. “I heard their story and I said this would be an excellent charity event for us, a great way for us to give back.”

Hines said one of the reasons she started a business was so she could serve her community in ways like this. As a children’s boutique, she likes to focus on helping families.

“They’re awesome people, from everything I know about them, and I don’t know the adoption process like they do, but it’s crazy to think that it costs so much to adopt a child. Children just need a loving home and loving parents that are going to help raise them,” Hines said.

Both Sam and Amanda agreed the adoption process’s whiplash of emotions and constant financial stresses have proved difficult to navigate, and while they try not to get their hopes up, they can’t help but be excited for that due date.

“It’s been a hard journey, but it’s going to be worthwhile, because at the end of the day, we’re going to have a baby and it’s going to be amazing,” Mrs. Hann said. “But it’s really cool to know that baby is going to be loved by everybody, because the community is going to be invested in it too.”

Mrs. Hann, 33, works in marketing at Ford Meter Box. Hann, 28, is an ag professional. They are both members of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ and are incredibly grateful for the community’s support.

“It’s very humbling,” Sam Hann said. “Leah reached out and put together this event and it just kind of brought tears to our eyes, because it takes a community to raise a kid, and it’s amazing to live in a community that will support us.”

Posted on 2019 Jun 18