Friday, May 11, 2012

Sweet surprise (covered in syrup)

Some of the DZ girls from my alma mater, William Jewell College!
You can imagine my surprise to get an email from the girls of my alma mater's sorority telling me they've hosted a pancake dinner on campus to raise funds for Bubbles for Isabelle...  


I had no idea about this and their generous contribution will help complete another book collection, which has me so excited - I'm thinking a west coast BFI collection is in order!

Thank you DZs, we are so grateful for your contribution to Bubbles for Isabelle.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

8th set of books delivered!

Bubbles for Isabelle!
Bubbles for Isabelle goes to Texas!  My friend Julie, did an amazing job coordinating the BFI book delivery to an organization called Child, Inc. in Austin, Texas.  Child, Inc. is a nonprofit organization operating to provide low-income families with early childhood education, mental health services, disabilities services, nutritional services, medical and dental services, social services and parent engaged activities. 

Here's what she had to say about her experience:
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Dearest Kelley, Richard, Sebastian, and Olivia -

Yesterday, I had the profound honor of delivering a set of Isabelle's favorite books to Child, Inc. ( in South Austin.  The children there were so grateful.  When I arrived, the classrooms were lining up to get their teeth brushed - a morning ritual that I imagine is because I was told many have only one parent that is stretched too thin, and some have none at all and are in the foster care system.  Every child at Child, Inc. falls under the "high risk" umbrella; they come from low income or foster families and some have mental and physical needs that require special services.

Though their eyes got big when I presented the books, the younger children were timid and needed assurance that it was ok to look at them, touch them, smell them (don't you love the smell of a new book?), and pick one for their teacher to read to them.  The donation of this fantastic library will serve SIXTY children between 18-36 months.  The school is physically, very small, but its brimming with children who need any display of attention and care.  Their teachers seemed to be well equipped to nurture them, emotionally, but with so many...I am sure that a quiet moment in which to read these sweet, silly, and supercallafragalistic stories will be treasured.

Thank you so much for allowing me to represent your family and beautiful Isabelle.  The classroom of 1.5-3 yr. olds was full and busy (!), so only a few came in at a time, but then, the 4 and 5 year olds who were able to understand a little more about the meaning behind this gift were invited to go outside with me and blow some bubbles!  We had a lovely morning together, and I am so grateful to you all for letting me share in this celebration of Isabelle.  I celebrate all of you.

Big (asthesky) love -
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Thank you Julie, for making this happen!