Scott and I feel like we have been the recipients of so much kindness and generosity during the last few years and we have been trying to think of something we could do to "give back" this Christmas. We decided we'd like to deliver some holiday books to the kids at the hospital where Nate spent four months as a toddler. Then we thought, why not give the rest of you a chance to donate a book or two so that all the kids there will be able to get a book? So, we're starting a holiday book drive!
We never had to spend Christmas at the hospital, but we did spend a couple of other holidays there and those were particularly hard days. These children in the hospital are going through so much and their families' lives have been turned completely upside down. Many of them don't know if their kids are going to live or die. Imagine being stuck in the hospital during the holiday season when everyone in the "outside world" is enjoying lights and parties and picking out a tree and all of the other wonderful things that come with the holiday season. Sounds pretty crushing to me.
We were given a few nice gifts from random donors while Nate was in the hospital and I can say honestly that they made a difference in the hospital experience for us. So, I want to make sure every kid at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center can get a book from us this year to make their Christmas a tiny bit brighter.
I'll be accepting donation of new holiday books until December 1st. They can be for any age from 1-12, although they tend to have more toddler and young school children admitted. I'm focusing on mostly Christmas books, but it would be nice to have some "wintery" books too, if there are children who don't celebrate Christmas.
You can give books to me anytime before December 1st. Or, if you prefer, you can order online and have them shipped to me. Email me at email@example.com to get the address.
If we get enough books, which I hope we will, I'd like to take some to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital as well. Happy Book Shopping!