Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Giving and Receiving

I always feel as though the months of November and December are the NaNo equivalent of charitable giving.  I try to be charitable all year round.  But in the months surrounding Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, there are so many opportunities.  And, giving at this time helps me focus on the spirit of the holidays.

In that vein, LitWorld is sending books to Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Their goal is to send a 20-foot container filled with thousands of books, which will go directly into the hands of children.  My favorite Christmas memories as a child always included squirreling away in a cozy corner with all my new books.  I can't imagine what my life would have been like without having owned a single book as a child.

You may send a gently used or new book to this address before December 31st:

LitWorld Holiday Book Drive C/O
Deacon Sharon Brennen
Christian Pre-School
Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church
43 Ashford Ave
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522

Or, you can visit the Litworld site, to find out where to drop off books if you are local to NYC.

On the writing front, Tina is whipping me back into shape.  When I have trouble finding time (or motivation) to write everyday, Tina cracks her whip.  She'll do it for you too.  Just come write with us for an hour at the practice room, and see how productive you can be.  It's not scary at all, unless you have a whip phobia.  Join us!

Happy Hanukkah all!  I leave you with a message from the LitWorld website:

"Just one book can change a life. Imagine what joy that one book can bring to a child who has never held a book before, and what a difference it can make in that child's life!"


  1. What a wonderful cause! I just donated about 50 books to another charity but I will try and find another to send here!

  2. Go Heather! I like givers. I like The Practice Room. I like you.

  3. Great project! (This is what makes Blogville so special; we can all pull together.) I've also donated books to another project but will see what else is around the house.

  4. Thanks, Heather. This sounds like a wonderful cause. It is very vivid to to imagine a child holding a book for the first time.

    Only too happy to crack the whip if that means writing with you everyday. It is good motivation for me too! Thanks for The Practice Room plug.

  5. Sounds like a pretty unique charity.

    And one of these days, I will click and go through that Practice Room door, maybe after I'm done being treated for my whip phobia.

  6. Thanks for sharing about the charity. That's great that you have someone to keep you on track with your writing. We all need someone like that.

  7. Hi Heather, thanks for sharing the book donation information. It sounds really cool!!

    I've managed to make it to the practice room once. Loved it!

  8. I've been donating all my 'finished reading' books to the library. Our city just built a new library and needs something to put on the shelves.

  9. Kelly--awesome book giving!!

    J--the feelings are mutual. :)

    Kittie--I agree--and I love the term Blogville--makes it seem like a small, friendly neighborhood--which it is...

    Tina--I don't know where I would be without you cracking the whip, so thank you. :)

    Ray--We'd love to have you at the practice room. Tina could put her whip away specially for you.

    Natalie--You're welcome, and I agree. And I love that Tina offers to hold everyone accountable to writing in the practice room. She's awesome that way!!

    Paul--awesome!! Hope it's not too cold up your way!!

    Cinette--Wow--that's wonderful that you have a new library, and that you donated books--our library has had shorter hours due to budget cuts--I'm glad some communities are going in the other direction!!

  10. This is a very good cause. Thank you for sharing.

    How are you? How was NaNo for you?

    Hope you are having a great holiday season.

  11. I hope LitWorld reached their target! If you want more literacy/reading/book charities, I have a long list here:

    Perhaps you can leave a link to LitWorld in the comments on that post so that when I next update the list I'll be able to include them