Got books? Help a child in need:In the course of research for an ongoing project, I had the pleasure of meeting a woman from North Dakota who facilitates welfare services for Indian children. During one of our conversations, my heart was touched when she told me about kids in a local school who heard about last December's school shooting in Sandy Hook. Though they had very little themselves, they decided to reach out to children in Connecticut by making and sending cards and other small tokens of love and compassion.
Many Indian children in North Dakota come from families with very limited means; a high percentage are in foster care. At poverty level, simply caring for basic necessities is a daily struggle. Opportunities to purchase or own books is a luxury. I wanted to know how I could help and was told that donations of any books that would be of interest to children, adolescents, and young adults would be greatly appreciated. Quality picture books for the younger kids would be a treasure.
I've decided I want to reach out to the Indian children in North Dakota just like they reached out to the children in Connecticut. If you are one of my author, agent, publisher, or editor friends, or someone who is interested in supporting literacy, and you'd like to help the children of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, or Spirit Lake Dakota Nation, please consider donating books. You can contact me for further details. Donations are tax deductible and a receipt with the value of donated items can be provided upon request.