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How LoveGave added another person to a Lowcountry family

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – It was a little more than a month ago when an organization called LoveGave raised money to help ten adoptive families.

One Lowcountry family is already reaping the benefits as their family of five grew to a family of six this weekend.

For 14 long days, videos and FaceTime is what kept the Gotbeter family connected between Charleston and China.

"Every time we would FaceTime, just begging to put Molly on, put Molly on, we just want to see her," said Brittan Gotbeter.

Brittan and her husband Thomas were finalizing paperwork for their soon-to-be daughter, a 3-year-old named Molly.

"She was staying in an orphanage, and she had a nanny who would tend to her best she could, but she didn't have a mom and a dad. It's just unbelievable," said Brittan Gotbeter.

But that all changed in the last two weeks when the Gotbeters took their other daughter Hartley to China to finalize the adoption. Big brothers West and Thomas had to stay behind in Charleston, though.

"Leaving behind two kids at home for two weeks, missing work for a couple weeks, just completely out of your normal routine, being in a different country," said Brittan Gotbeter.

Then the moment finally came – Molly was officially at Gotbeter, and her big brothers couldn't wait for the newest member of the family to make it back to the Lowcountry.

"There were big, huge crocodile tears, which in turn made their mama cry big, huge crocodile tears. They've been so excited," said Thomas Gotbeter.

It's a union that would have been impossible without family, friends and the $10,000 donation from LoveGave.

"LoveGave was so instrumental. That was literally the money that put us on the plane to China and helped fund us while we were in the country," said Gotbeter. "God works in great ways and gives you strength through numbers, and he shows his greatness through that."

And now a Charleston family is whole again with the blessing of an extra heart.

The family says Molly is getting along well with her new brothers and sisters, and there are already signs of sibling rivalry.

They said Molly does suffer from a medical condition that makes it hard for her to walk, but she will be treated for the condition close to her new home in Charleston.

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