Monday, January 21, 2008

Book Update...

It has been almost a week since I posted my last update and I am sorry but it's been a really busy week. We had birthdays (one of which was my sons) and clients and well... life to deal with so I am glad to be back to some sort of calm pace.

I am really happy that things with the drive are going so well. I know we have over 500 books and most of that (well all really) is due to all the wonderful donors we have received from the article in the paper.

Jazzy Bagels has been so awesome. They have just been collecting and calling and collecting and calling to let me know that "my cup runneth over." It's amazing to see how people come together to support out little cause. I am looking forward to next years drive and I think I might have to up the ante to 1,000 books (just to keep things interesting).

I am getting ready to send a note over to Cindy at the hospital to tell her how many boxes we have collected so far. I think she is going to be really surprised and pleased to see what we will have for them.

We added a box today... really the box will be in place on the 11th of February. PLEASE CHECK OUT THE BOX DROP LOCATIONS FOR DETAILS... One of our Mom's from the playgroup is helping up put a box at her daughters school during the book fair week. Yet another opportunity to tell more people about our cause.

Many thank yous to all that have helped us. OUR success is YOUR success!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Book Totals.... You'll Never Guess

I can't believe it. We are about 1 month from the end of the drive and our total right now is at... are you ready.... 415 books. I am so excited I can hardly stand it.

I have had the pleasure of talking to so many people about this drive, and share their story with me about why they want to donate it really warms my heart.

Many thanks to all that have contributed thus far.

Rachel shared something with me about giving that I want to share with you... save it for the next post!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Surpise Donation @ Jazzy Bagels!

Today is a wet rainy day in the Pacific Northwest. It's one of those days that you keep the curtains drawn and the lights dim. My kids were at school today and I spent the morning working on blog posts and catching up on my Google Reader (I love my reader). I love quite mornings at home!

After picking up the kids and having lunch we settled into playing with some hot wheels (two boys, what can I say) and the phone rang. When I picked up I was really surprised to hear Stacey @ Jazzy Bagels on the other end. She told me "..a women came in today and dropped off a box of books for the book drive".

I was thrilled to hear that someone could be so generous (a whole box of books WOO-HOO!!!!) . With the weather being so icky we decided a trip into town might do us some good! So I packed up the boys and we headed out.

Mason is of course excited for a car ride in any kind of weather!

Maxwell too is always up for any kind of adventure (as long as we are properly dressed).

When we got to Jazzy Bagels, I was so surprised to see not only a huge box of books but all brand new books! Even the boys were surprised to see all the brand new books...

Maxwell asked if the books were for him, and when I reminded him we were collecting books for the kids at the hospital he said (and I quote...) "oh mom... that is so nice!"

I would like to personally thank the donor who is helping us achieve our goals! Your contribution will mean so much to each and every child that touches these books! You must know that!

Mason and Maxwell thank you too! Happy Days!

Article In Paper Today!

The article came out today. I was pleased with the reporting and am glad that there is an interest out there for our story! I am hopeful that this will generate some additional interest to get more books and reach our goal! Not to mention that some super cute pictures of the kids you have to see the paper to see the photos (... a classic one of the two girls jumping and playing around...).

A huge thank you to Gosia Wozniacka the reporter from the Oregonian (and her photographer). Without her interest I don't know as our story would have been picked up.

Here is a link to the article if you haven't seen it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

55 More Books!!!

I am pleased to report our totals... we have 257 books donated so far! We are 51% toward our goal! Thank you to all that have donated thus far.

Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life. -Les Brown -----------------------------------------------------------

Q: What type of books are you accepting?

A: New or gently used board books, no chapter books please.

To give a little more clarification, we accept all children's books that are NEW or gently used condition.

Q: What does "gently used" mean?
A: Any book that is intact with no torn, (or books that are gnawed on if you are in my family) ripped, scribbled on pages... you get the drift.

The important thing to think about is that we would like our focus to be on young children's books which fits the board book category. Of course if you have a few standard story books they will be gladly accepted.

Chapter books can be difficult due to topic and well... length. Most books are there to fill short gaps of time for the children and their families while in the waiting room or recovery. If you have a few young teen chapter books... they will not be turned away, we just don't want our focus to be about chapter books.

Pictures are always more entertaining for kids! Do you have any questions you would like to see posted?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Project takes off...

I am so thrilled to see the progress we are making on our project! Last week a reporter came out to a playgroup event and talked to us about doing a piece in the Oregonian next week.

On top of that we dropped a drop box at Jazzy Bagel's in downtown Gresham, Oregon. The neat thing about the bagel shop is they were helpful to our cause back in 2005 when we did the Walk for Nina. That walk was focused on raising funds for FARF and getting the word out about this disease.

I hope to have some new totals for the thermometer in the next week! Stay tuned to see our article be published next week!