Suzanne Damstedt of Richland plans to drive 2,700 miles in the next 12 days to help reach her goal of raising up to $10,000 to buy baby formula for Chinese orphans.
And the Ford Motor Co. is providing her a 2012 Ford Focus and gas to pursue her mission.
The company also has donated $10,000 to buy baby formula for the 501(c)3 nonprofit Damstedt volunteers for that helps children at various Chinese orphanages.
To donate to her cause, or to get a sneak peek at the Ford Focus, go to Legacy Ford of Pasco, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, 1225 N. Autoplex Way.
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People may donate to the nonprofit Love Without Boundaries, or pledge any amount per mile.
Ford also has pledged to give any profits from pre-orders of the 2012 Ford Focus made during the event to buy baby formula for Love Without Boundaries.
"It's easy to focus on what's in the news today, but Suzanne's passion reminds us that there are so many other people, especially children, who may not get the attention but still need as much assistance as we can provide," said Josh Dykes, dealer principal at Legacy Ford of Pasco, according to a news release.
"We're very proud to be partnering with Suzanne on this," he said.
Damstedt and her husband Darrell adopted a 9-year-old girl from China in 2006. "After I returned home, I applied to be a volunteer with Love Without Boundaries," she said, according to the release.
The couple now have nine children, three of whom they adopted from China. Damstedt now volunteers as the nonprofit's nutrition and orphanage assistance director.
Among other things, Love Without Boundaries provides medical, education and foster care to children in Chinese orphanages.
In a phone interview, Damstedt said her role with the nonprofit is to help obtain baby formula and specialized baby formula the orphanages might not be able to get otherwise.
She also helps get other things the orphanages may need, such as diapers, clothing, coats, shoes and cribs.
The money she is raising during this fundraiser will pay solely for baby formula for the orphanages, she said.
Ford became involved in Damstedt's fundraiser when it invited consumers from throughout the world to test drive its 2012 Ford Focus. In November, Ford asked potential drivers to submit videos highlighting a charity of their choice.
From those submissions, Damstedt was among 100 people chosen from 13 countries to test drive the Focus for three days in February at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology in Madrid, Spain.
The drivers posted blogs, tweets and videos about their experiences that reached 10.6 million followers.
As part of the program, called "Start Something More Than a Car," Ford donated more than $400,000 to participants' charities of choice.
Since then, Damstedt said she has driven the Focus 7,300 miles through the Northwest and Utah in four weeks, and raised $7,300 toward her cause.
She has 12 days to drive the additional 2,700 miles and raise the additional $2,700, she said.
Damstedt encouraged people to come to the Saturday event to check out the Ford Focus, as well as support her charity.
"Maybe not everyone wants to buy a car," she said. But they might want to help her help kids on the other side of the world.
"If 100 people gave me $20, that would be $2,000," she said. "That's a lot of money for (Love Without Boundaries)."
Those who can't attend the Saturday event, still can donate through lovewithoutboundaries.com/nutrition_gifts.cfm.
The website also has information about the nonprofit.