a ‘21xe Satcmite 'iMume LXXl 5 9\(pmmBeT 20,1990 A Financially Sound Investment by Patricia Earnhardt Jhe Salemite Holidays are ustially full of great !xcitment and anticipation, and for leville Watkins and her husband, 'oug Patterson, it is no ordinary loliday feeling. Watkins, Director of Financial Aid k Salem, and Patterson will be leav ing on December 2 for Romania as lart of the Romanian Orphans Sup- lort Group of Canada. The couple lopes to leave Romania in early iijjanuary with an adopted son or laughter. As part of the Romanian Orphans Support Group, Watkins and Patter- Ikon are gathering 400 pounds of iupplies for the Romanian orphan ages. These supplies will be used to care for some of the 79,000 children living in Romanian orphanages. "It is our gift to the state," Watkins said in a recent interview. Watkins said that needed sup plies include: powdered milk, baby formula, educational toys, over-the- counter medicines, clothes, diapers (cloth), shoes, food, medical supplies for maternity hospitals, linens, and blankets. Watkins said that she and her hus band learned of the orphan's sup port group through several channels. The couple has been involved with adoption support groups and the All Wrapped Up In Salem's Holiday Season North Carolina Children's Home Society. In September, "20/20" aired a story on the situation in Romania and the new Canadian support group for the Romanian orphans. It was through these groups that they found out about adopting in Romania. After arriving in Romania, Wat kins said that they will begin work ing with many agencies as part of the adoption process. "We will work through govern ment sources to find the birth par ents for permission and then the Romanian courts to finalize the adop tion," Watkins said. While in Romania, Watkins and Patterson will be living with a Roma nian family and aided by a transla tor. Once the adoption is finalized in Romania, Watkins said the informa tion would be wired to American immigration in order for the child to be allowed into the country. There will also be a finalization process with the American Embassy to ob tain a visa. Adoption laws were not passed in Romania until August 1990. The new laws continue to protect the birth parents by giving them the choice of allowing adoption or not. This, however, only applies to those chil dren who are not truely orphans. During the reign of Ceaucescu, birth control was prohibited and abortions were outlawed. This caused many families, who could not afford to rear their children, to send their youngest children to orphanages. Watkins said that her dining room is already full from the supplies they will be taking in. "Thanks to the generous support of Salem, family, friends and strang ers, I have leave to go overseas and supplies to take." by jean Williams The Salemite ■>§ Well, here it is again, that relentless I period between Thanksgiving and ; ghr '.stmas. The time when anything that might happen, and go wrong, usually does. Some people may call it limbo, as time just passes until we can all pack our bags and get the heck out of Dodge. I, along with many others, have a ten dency to call it hell. I think you may comply with my term after reading the top ten list... 1. Take all four cumulative exams. ™2. Procrastinate by going to every Salem ^■nd Old Salem holiday event. These ^vciude: - Candle Tea Service - Old Salem Christmas Tour - Christmas Dinner - Christmas Tree Lighting - Three Love Feasts a day - and, of course. The Nutcracker. Begin research for term paper, meet ^ith professor about research paper, and complete research (all in the course 3f three days.) 4. Take that last test to try and pull up your grade because you know the re search paper and final are going to kill it. 5. Go out in the middle of exams with one of your friends who is turning 21 - even if you're not. 6. Replace all furniture and clothes after the bug man comes; then sweep all of the dead bugs off of the floor. 7. Buy all family Christmas presents, including the ten Moravian Stars requested by parentsforAuntSusieand Cousin Jerome. 8. Attend to all Secret Santa stuff. 9. Eat the remainder of the Halloween candy. 10. Balance your checkbook. And, there is one request. A to all IS and Christmas began on said and done- Go see Ty Rice Decause Thanksgiving dinner, photo courtesy of Daniel Minus of the above ten!!!