Friday, August 16, 2013

The Gift of Literacy

As an author and an educator I sometimes take literacy for granted. I was blessed from early age with a grandmother who loved to read and every Christmas I saw books under the tree.  My father also loved stories and enjoyed writing (though he never published his writing).  I've been a reader as long as I can remember and a storyteller since I could first form words.

The Romance Writers of America take literacy very seriously.  At every national conference, the profits from book sales at the author signing (usually more than 500 authors are signing) go to literacy.  Many local chapters do something similar.  My own chapter used to have a literacy fundraiser in the form of a luncheon.

So, it was with great happiness that I recently learned of a special person on Goodreads. I was running a giveaway of my YA Fantasy books under the Maggie Faire name. One of the entrants wrote me to let me know she was hoping to win.  But the reason was not only to read my books; it was because she and her family have founded a community outreach program for poor families in Georgia where they help people of all ages learn to read and/or improve their reading.  Every book she wins, or buys, or receives as a gift goes to the center's library.  They want to have a large variety of books so they can always find something of interest to the new or expanding reader.

Well, she didn't win my giveaway but, after researching her organization (which is an official IRS Non profit) I knew I would send her copies of my books.  I am hoping that those who see my post here will also do the same.

Donated books can be sent to:

Wee Care Community Outreach
C/O Dawn Lowery
3985 Shelton Drive
Resaca, Georgia  30735


Jessie said...

Hi Maggie,

I'm not a published author yet but I'm sure I can round up some books. Do you know what types of books they accept?


Maggie Jaimeson said...

Jessie, they primarily serve youth ages 3-17, so YA books are particularly welcome. However, they do also have a hospital program which includes adults. Their largest need is for childrens, middle-grade, and young adult.

If you do send adult books, for the Hospital Program, you would want to err on the side of sweet or inspirational. Though they are not a religious organization, they do work with other religious charities to help meet the needs of the population.

A July 21st post on their FB page said the following:

"We wish to donate 200 books to the Providence Mission Boys Home. This non profit helps men and boys who have lost everything ... they own for some reason or another and are trying to start their lives all over again.

We wish to help 500 individuals and families who are lower income, at-risk families. Often times this includes children ages 0-18, as well as disabled adults. Our clients can hardly afford to pay their monthly bills, much less buy enjoyable items such as wonderful books to read-the very thing that many fo us take for granted."

I hope that helps. Thank you for thinking of them.

Melia Alexander said...

This is so awesome, Maggie! Very generous of you. I've already culled through my personal stash of books, but will remember them the next time.

Jessa Slade said...

It's a lovely circle: readers for books and books for readers.