Church Members Grow Mustaches to Help Others Grow Their Families

DES MOINES, Iowa — Members at Walnut Creek Church are growing facial hair to help fund adoptions. More than 200 people signed up for the Mustaches that Matter campaign.

“We want to help families cross the financial finish line in the adoption process,” says Pastor Luke Hukee.

The group of men reached their goal of raising $25,000 in the first week. So far, the campaign has netted nearly $75,000. One of the first scholarships went to the Ekwall family.

Lori and Will Ekwall just returned from adopting two children from Columbia. With the addition of 13-year-old Jose and 11-year-old Maria, the family of five is now a family of seven.

“I just see a big happy family,” says Lori Ekwall.

“Lori has always thought about adoption. It’s something I thought about considering, but financially I didn’t think we could do it,” says Will Ekwall.

You can still donate at There, you’ll also find information about applying for adoption assistance. You don’t have to be a member of Walnut Creek Church to apply.


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