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Benefit to bring Timmy home to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local firefighter who recently helped save homes during the Cocos Fire is reaching overseas to impact another life. 

He's in the process of bringing a little boy the Chinese government considered 'unadoptable' into his own family.

"We have to have a room before he ever comes," Michelle Abrams said. 

Tim and Michelle Abrams are all set for their new addition.

"We're totally ready even if we never got him, they want to know we're totally serious about him," Michelle said. 

And when it comes to Timmy, a 6-year-old Chinese orphan, they are dead serious.

"I was just in love with him instantly, just like that's my boy, that's our boy, we gotta bring him home," Michelle said. 

It all started when one of the couples three daughters was caring for disabled orphans in China. That's where she met Timmy, a child who was blind and abandoned at three months old, left on a bridge.

It started as some simple Skype sessions, but then things started to happen.

"They had to give them American names before they came to the camp and they named him Timothy, and that's my name," said Tim. 

Finally, they knew he belonged right in this room.

"She experienced him first hand and she was like, 'mom it's really hard, he doesn't know our language and he's blind and it's going to be really hard' and I was like I know but we can do it," Michelle said. 

Adopting overseas is more bureaucratic and has more paperwork than buying a house. They've been dealing with that for the past several months. There's also the financial side of an international adoption -- around $40,000 to $50,000.

"Which is daunting to say the least," Tim said. 

Which brings us to Plan 9 Ale House. A huge celebration with a raffle, silent auction, and 10 percent of what they make going to get Timmy over here. It's clear this community is going to make this happen.

"It's so humbling. like wow, you would do that for us," Michelle said. 

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