Well I'm proud to say that today Jen and I took four sacks of books (over 60 books!) and donated them to the Austin Children's Shelter. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the Austin Children's Shelter, but what I saw when I arrived was not the picture in my head. The buildings were beautiful and brand new. They currently house over 50 kids who were either homeless, taken away from their parents, or have no one else to care for them. Janis, the Community Relations Director, gave us a quick tour and both Jen and myself were amazed.
We were also glad that the kids already have a library! They were severely lacking in the young adult section, though so I'm so glad were were able to help them out a bit.
The YA section, after Jen and I shelved all our books
I write to you to ask you all now for help. While we made a good donation today, they are still desperate for more YA books, particularly more current books. (Janis said they've read Harry Potter a lot and are dying for more Twilight-ish type books.) If you have books that you're willing to donate, please email me at StephanieNPellegrin@gmail.com. You can either mail them to me or if you live in Austin I can come pick them up. Most of the kids that live at the Austin Children's Shelter are aged 14-20 and are dying to read. They desperately need something to take them away from the life they're currently living, even if for just a while. They need to remember to dream again, and have hope again. I hope you can help me in making that possible.
If you have books you want to donate but don't want to send them to me, I urge you to find an organization in your area that can put them to good use. All children should have the opportunity to read a good book.
Update: Jen and I took to Twitter and donations are now pouring in! I didn't expect this to viral as fast as it did. We now have donations promised from over 10 authors and about 10 bloggers. THIS IS AMAZING and we can't thank you enough. Keep 'em coming!! :)