Sunday, September 25, 2011

We are excited to announce the first organization to receive a collection of books from the Bubbles for Isabelle 2012 book drive, Operation Breakthrough, located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. 

Operation Breakthrough is an Early Head Start/Head Start Agency. It cares each weekday for more than 500 children, ages 6 weeks to 17 years. More than 98% of the enrolled families live below the federal poverty guidelines, most far below them. Most are headed by single women in low paying jobs. The average income of our families is $9,400.

About 25% of the children are homeless or near homeless, living in battered women's or homeless shelters or transitional living programs. Often they sleep on the sofas of friends or relatives, sometimes even living in cars, rundown hotels or abandoned buildings. About 25% of our children are in foster care or other placements due to abuse, neglect or other family crises.

Operation Breakthrough is a United Way Agency and has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

Operation Breakthrough began in 1971 when a group of working-poor parents in the central city voiced their need for child care to Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer. Together, they incorporated Operation Breakthrough as a not-for-profit agency. The center has been located at 31st and Troost, in a former JC Penney store, since 1981.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bubbles for Isabelle book drive - 2012 initiative

Beautiful Isabelle - we love you and miss you so much!

From now through July 24, 2012 - We will be collecting and distributing a collection of 25 of Isabelle's favorite books to go to under resourced childcare facilities.

Description ::
There are many hardworking parents, many of whom are single parents working multiple jobs to make ends meet, that rely heavily on childcare programs designed for low-income families. Unfortunately these childcare facilities often lack the amenities that other revenue generating childcare programs have and don’t have the resources to replenish their stock of books and toys when needed.

Bubbles for Isabelle would like to help by donating a collection of 25 of Isabelle’s favorite children’s books to as many childcare programs as possible. In this small way, we hope to improve their nursery libraries and create a more enriching environment for their children. If you wish to help us with our cause, you may visit our online registry (see below) to read about and purchase books for the 2012 Bubbles for Isabelle book drive. You may also donate money through our online registry, which would also be used for the purchase of the books as well as the shipping and delivering of these books.

General Information ::
STEP 1: Go to and type ‘Bubbles for Isabelle’ in the search function
STEP 2: Peruse and make your selection!
STEP 3: Sit back and feel good, knowing that you helped bring educational resources to children who need them most. And if you feel so inclined, share your thoughts, reasons for participating or bubble pictures on the Bubbles for Isabelle facebook page!

Mission ::
Our goal is to impact as many childcare programs as possible, by providing them with a new children’s book collection made up of 25 of Isabelle’s favorite books. We will be collecting and donating books through Isabelle’s birthday on July 24th, 2012. Starting now and throughout the year, we will be seeking out the deserving childcare facilities, working with volunteers, organizing, sorting & delivering these books. Join us in helping make a difference in the lives of children less fortunate than ours, one book at a time.