Lukas Hortin will make his first trip back to Ethiopia at the end of March.  His mom, Mary Hatfield, has been helping him collect donations to give to kids at the orphanage.

By Annice McEwan (WCIA News) |

TUSCOLA, IL―Lukas Hortin has called a lot places home in his 18 years but there’s one in particular that holds a special place in his heart.  The Ethiopia-native is returning home for the first time in nearly eight years and he’s recognizing his homeland the best way he knows how, by giving back.

“I just don’t want the attention on me,” the Tuscola senior said.  “I don’t want it to be about me.  I’m doing all this for them.”

He’s talking about the children at Covenant Orphanage in central Ethiopia.  As a 10-year-old, Lukas Hortin spent a year there before moving to the U.S. with his adoptive parents in 2009.

“They took care of us very well,” Hortin said.  “We had like eight or nine kids.  They tried to keep it small.  It was just more of like a family.”

Lukas Hortin will make his first trip back to Ethiopia at the end of March.  His mom, Mary Hatfield, has been helping him collect donations to give to kids at the orphanage.

Click here to help Lukas’ effort in Ethiopia, donate to his GoFundMe Page

“It’s just natural to us that every time someone’s going to Ethiopia we make sure donations go with them as well as extra funds they may need when they get over there,” Hatfield said.  “When Lukas arrives at the orphanage, he’s going to see what the needs are and, I’m sure, have extra donation money to be able to meet some of those needs.”

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