Gabrielle, Santa’s Elf
Gabrielle, a beautiful girl who was born with one arm shorter than the other, joined our foster care program in the summer of last year. Initially her foster mother said she was timid and rather clingy, and she used to cry a lot. Over time, Gabrielle learned to trust her foster family more and became more independent. She soon built a strong bond with her foster sister.
These days, Gabrielle is described as a happy little two-year-old who loves to laugh and is popular with everyone in her Anhui village.
During our recent visit, we were looking for a willing volunteer to pose in a Santa’s elf hat. Gabrielle, despite her initial reluctance, soon agreed to our request. Her foster mother sat with her while we took a few photos, and then when Gabrielle started to warm up, her foster mother came and stood with us while we snapped away on our cameras. Soon, Gabrielle was loving the attention and laughing away with us. She must have wondered what on earth was going on as we all cheered, waved, and made faces to make her laugh.
We think that Gabrielle the elf makes a beautiful poster girl for foster care this holiday season!