It’s that time of year!
As soon as we had our first freeze and some snow, a beloved tune and lyric wormed its way into my head, and it’s been swirling around like the powdery flakes in a snow globe ever since. “It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love. Every song you hear, seems to say…”.
Everyone who knows me, knows this is my favorite time of year. It radiates a magic filled with wonder, anticipation, fond memories from my childhood, and more recent precious memories with my own children.
We are also reminded that this time of year can be extremely painful and stressful for anyone experiencing hardship, loss, or separation. And so, many of us feel called to give, even more during this time of year. In the spirit of giving, I ask that you consider supporting the Story Spark Holiday Project.
Story Spark will once again curate gift sets that include quality books and related educational/play items for Amarillo children from low-income families during the holiday season by partnering with local organizations that serve children 6 weeks to 10 years old. Please visit this year’s GoFundMe page for all the details.
And thank you for your ongoing support!
Dearest friends and family,
I hope this finds you and yours well. For many reasons which I don’t wish to recount here, we have been through some challenging times in 2020 and 2021. As you may recall, despite keeping Story Spark closed during 2020, I maintained and deepened our mission while giving back to the Amarillo community through the Story Spark Christmas Project. With your support and generosity, we were able to provide carefully curated gift sets which included a book and related play and educational items to over 60 children from low-income families in Amarillo.
This year through the generosity of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School community, we have collected over 120 books to date, but now it’s time to play Santa and purchase all the play and educational items that will transform each book into a more meaningful and hands-on learning experience. My hope is that you will again support this project by giving any amount you can and by spreading the news to friends and contacts who may also be able to give at this time. Thank you for helping me spread peace, love, and books! The children, their families and their teachers are so very grateful.
Visit, donate, and share the GoFundMe Page today: https://gofund.me/fbc45243 or click on the red picture above.
With much love,
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” -Kate DiCamillo, children’s author
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Mr. Rogers