We'll be making our second donation to Rose Hill Elementary within the next few weeks - stay tuned for details!
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I want to preface this post with a little “I promise I’m a nice person” warning. I do not wish bad things upon people nor do I want to hurt others in any way shape or form. The contents of this post will expose a part of my grief that I’ve only shared with a few people…and I hope that by the end you’ll forgive me for this next sentence. :)
Well, folks, Books for Charley 2015 has officially come to a close. If you follow Charley's Heart of Facebook you have probably seen a few sneak peeks of this years collection - but let me tell you, those pictures have just been the tip of the iceberg. It was another fantastic year for donations and I am so excited to start sharing some totals with you! You'll have to hold tight though...first week need to go on a little book shopping spree with all of the monetary donations we received.
Here are a few photos of the "organized chaos" that is going on in our basement right now. I may or may not have a little bit of OCD and every year spend waaaaaay too much time organizing books into perfect little groupings. Next week we'll hopefully be able to start putting Charley's Heart stickers on them and transferring them into totes for donation day.
Over the past 5 years, Books for Charley has grown into something that I never could have imagined. What started out as a simple "books in lieu of gifts" birthday party quickly transformed into a book drive that has generated over 8,000 children's books. We have welcomed 8 heart families into our ranks and after this year will have distributed books to 12 institutions spanning the country. It's a humbling feeling to sit back and look at the work that our friends in the "Heartland" have done to help us keep Books for Charley moving in a forward direction. I am blessed to have such an amazing group of women in my life! Click HERE for more information on how to donate to this years collection!
When I sat down and started making plans for our 5th collection - I couldn't shake the feeling that there was something important missing from Books for Charley. It sounds a little crazy after reading the stats above, but my heart knew that there was a gap in the Books family that we had been building. It didn't come to me right away, but when I finally realized what the missing piece was, it so obvious.