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HERRIMAN — A Utah family got a few special deliveries for Christmas this year, including an adopted daughter and the prospect of a new house for their growing family.
The Greens have three children biologically and have now adopted six others with special needs. Their newest daughter, Cali, arrived with the couple from China Friday and was welcomed by a van full of children. Some looked like her, some, with their red hair did not. They were all her siblings, though.
When they arrived at their Herriman home, members of Puzzle Them Home, who are raising money to build the family of 11, including one in a wheelchair and a toddler without arms, an accommodating house. Santa also delivered packages to the Greens, with a special gift for a Cali Rose — a backpack printed with multicolored roses and makeup inside.
The couple decided to adopt Cali when they saw the girl on a website of children with special needs available for adoption and thought she was "beautiful," Christianne Green said. They Skyped with the girl and wrote her letters before they arrived in China to take her to America.
"She had been really wanting a family and all of the kids in her orphanage were all adopted, so she was the last one her age," Christianne Green said.
Puzzle them Home is a committee made up of neighbors and friends who recognized the Greens' need for a bigger, specially equipped home and offered to help them out.
Their goal is set at $500,000. While that may seem extravagant, it is reasonable when one considers the needs the Greens face. Seven of the 10 children have incredibly special needs, including an elevator for their newest addition, Cali.
Another important amenity in the home will be for the benefit of Sophi, who was born without arms. She needs the installation of various modified appliances that would, among other things, allow her to open and close, turn on and off, and flush with her feet.
The three blind children could use many specialized design features, especially 7-year-old Elli who is not only blind, but severely autistic as well.
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