"Elephant Ears"

Kristy Barto, the Interlaken’s Sales Manager, would like to take the blog reins and share something special with you today.  It’s certainly worth a listen!

Volunteerism is a healthy part of our commitment to our community at Interlaken. Our management team encourages volunteering and Interlaken gives back to our community in many different ways as a business but also as a family. Many of our staff members volunteer whether they are Little League coaches, firemen, Girl Scout Troop Leaders or helping at our local Salvation Army branch.

About a year ago country artist, Jimmy Wayne, was our guest at Interlaken while filming a webisode with Daryl Hall from “Hall & Oates” for “Live from Daryl’s House”. During his stay I had the pleasure of getting to know Jimmy and learning more about his turbulent past and his ambition to help at-risk youth across America. Jimmy was homeless as a teenager and if it wasn’t for the Costner family taking him in at the age of 16 when he was living on the streets, there’s no doubt that Jimmy Wayne wouldn’t be the successful artist he is today.

On January 1st of this year Jimmy started his journey to walk across America from Nashville to Phoenix (1700 miles) to help raise awareness for at-risk foster youth and homeless teens. During this time, he founded Project Meet Me Halfway which I’ve had the honor of volunteering for over the last several months. I wanted to share with you this special message from Jimmy Wayne and bring attention to November being “National Adoption Month” in an effort for every youth to have a place to call home.

Special Message from Jimmy Wayne:

“Elephant Ears” is a song I began writing on a flight from Nashville en route to Los Angeles. I was thinking about my sister and how she must have felt when she was a young child growing up in foster care. I remembered her being a sad little girl and very afraid, especially of grown men. The line “afraid to say I love you” was written directly from my experience observing her grow up.

My sister has no problem today saying the words “I love you,” especially since she recently adopted a 4 year old girl. That little girl gets more love than she would have ever imagined. She even favors my sister’s baby pictures.

Elephant Ears is a song for both parents and kids. It allows us to see both sides and watch a family grow. It inspires the listener to want to understand and want to help.

If someone is considering being an adoptive or foster parent, they must listen to “Elephant Ears.” This song will give them an understanding as to what the child is going through. Also every foster child should listen to the song to honor the parents who sacrificed so much to take care of them.

Please Click Here  for a Free Download of “Elephant Ears”.  Help us spread the word about the importance of adopting and fostering by sharing this link.  Thanks for all you are doing to help these kids.

God bless,

Jimmy Wayne 

Jimmy Wayne & Kristy Walking in Texas

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