Monday, December 3, 2007

Let the Games Begin!

Have you ever heard the saying "Pay It Forward"? Well, this is my version of paying it forward!

Happy December! I am so amazed at how the time has gone by this past year. It has been such a year of growth and giving for myself and my boys, and I am really excited to share an opportunity for you to join in on the fun!

As most of you know, last December a good friend of ours died from Fanconi Anemia (FA). Her name was Nina, and she was only three and a half years old. In the last days of Nina’s life I found that a way to help was to bring books for Nina to read. The idea of her being able to get lost in a good book brought me comfort during such a difficult time. Since her death I have felt this nagging feeling to help give back! So away I go…

During Nina’s short life, she spent many days at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The books in the waiting room and recovery rooms helped her escape the stress of being in the hospital. We want to continue to celebrate that passion for books. Help us make a book contribution to all of the children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in memory of Nina.

Our goal is to collect 500 books! Drop boxes will be available December and January. We will be making the donation to the hospital in early February 2008. I have attached a flyer that you can pass along to friends and family to help support our book drive. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to make a donation. I thank you in advance for your support!

All books will be going to the Child Life Department (CLD) at Doernbecher. The CLD supports all pre-surgery waiting rooms, playrooms and family waiting rooms. Patients and family members that receive these books are either waiting for their surgery or in recovery. Each book will have a sticker inside the cover stating that this book was “Donated by a friend of Nina.”

Any new board books or picture books are needed. No chapter books please. Gently used books may be donated but they must be in excellent condition.

Yes, you can make a cash contribution to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation (or DCHF), 1121 SW Salmon St., Ste. 201, Portland, OR 97205. Please note on the memo line “Books of Love: Child Life Department.” All money will go toward the purchase of new books only for the Child Life Department.

"Charity and personal force are the only investments worth anything." - Walt Whitman

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