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Vail Daily’s view: Meet the Hansons

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado

Heaven knows there’s plenty of depressing news these days, so it’s a real delight when we get a story such as the one about Robyn and Joel Hanson.

The Hansons, of Gypsum, basically sold everything they owned in 2007 to finance a 1-year mission trip to the Hogar de Esperanza orphanage in Trujillo, Peru.

The Hansons, dedicated members of Gypsum’s First Lutheran Church, returned late last year with a surprise for their friends ” a plan to adopt five siblings, who range in age from 3 to 10 years old from the orphanage and bring them to a home in Eagle County.

There were few dry eyes in the church that day as the Hansons talked about their experience and what children face if they’re abandoned or neglected in a developing country. An orphanage, at least Hogar de Esperanza, isn’t great by American standards. But the children there are fed, clothed and safe.

Since the Hansons returned to Gypsum, they’ve bought a home and have been stocking it with furniture, clothing, toys and the other things needed for the sudden introduction of five children. Much of that stuff was from church members, friends and well-wishers.

This tale of open, loving hearts is a great feel-good story. The Hansons are rare, special people. But they’re going to need plenty of help, especially after their five new children come to Gypsum in late spring or early summer.

First Lutheran is going to host a fundraiser for the family in March. We’ll remind you when we get a little closer to the event. For now, we wish the Hansons well as they prepare for a job that will change their lives and the lives of those around them.

Vail Daily Editorial Board

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