Usborne Books & More Sale
Guest Post by Elizabeth
Do you remember last year’s Welcome Box Project? Occasionally a foster mom would leave a comment with how those boxes were impacting children.Frightened kids were arriving at foster homes clutching their sole possession – a shoe box filled with goodies and made with love. Some were even sleeping with them. And we, FLNW readers, were a part of making that happen!
Those tragic entries, brightened by the gift of a box, always left me wondering what would come later in the child’s life. Where would healing begin? How do lives filled with trauma find freedom? Will these kids be okay? I wrestled with these questions.
For one girl I know, books transformed her life. Imagine that. Books bringing freedom from the bondage of poverty and addiction.
Her first stay in foster care was as a baby, after having been rescued from a drug house during a police raid. Unfortunately, that was the beginning of a long, tumultuous childhood. Somewhere along the way her father taught her to read and, when he was in town, would take her to the library to fill up on books. In between visits, she became a book thief, pocketing any book she could get her hands on.
Despite all the chaos going on around her, books showed her that there was a different life out there – a better one – even if it took her a while to embrace it.
Fast forward to the teen years, add in abuse and neglect, and you have one angry young girl bent on destruction. Drugs were easy to find, and school went by the wayside. At fourteen, she returned to foster care, eventually running away and aging out of care on the streets of San Francisco. After a few more years of hard living, her love of books and willingness to read just about anything led her to a book talking about a different way to live – a story she finally internalized, a story which led her out of all those dark years and into an abundant life. Ten years later, she is married, equipped with a university degree, and raising three readers of her own, without any of the CHAOS that surrounded her child and young adulthood.
The reason I know books transformed her is because the girl is ME. I don’t know that I would have survived my childhood without the ability to escape into a book. I truly believe my love for reading kept me from suicide. Books opened up new worlds – where mothers tucked me in at night and where my biggest worry was whether I’d be asked to prom. Through literature I experienced love, sacrifice, and generosity. I met characters who overcame serious challenges and rose to success. Books brought freedom from pain and, ultimately, the freedom to live a different life.
And it is for that reason that I always give books as presents. You just never know which one will light a spark.
And the best part? You can make a difference in the life of a boy or girl in foster care. What if we put bookcases in local DHS Child Welfare offices, filled with new books free for kids in care? What if every kid owned at least one book? Join me and give kids the chance to conquer adversity through reading. I will buy the bookcases for my local DHS office. The credit earned from your personal Christmas purchases through our Usborne link will start filling them with high quality, educational books!
How you can help:
Shop through this Usborne Books and More Book Fair link. Free shipping on orders over $75!
We earn 50% of your purchase price back in books, which we will donate entirely to a local DHS Child Welfare office to be given to kids in foster care.
Elizabeth is also giving $40 Usborne Books & More gift certificates to two Frugal Living NW readers!
To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment with a book that has impacted your life! Make sure you leave a valid email address (it’s only visible to us and is used to contact you if you win).
Comments will close and two winners randomly selected at Noon on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The winners will have 48 hours to reply to the notification email or another winner will be selected.
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