FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER SOCK MONSTERS INVADE HOSPITALS
A PAY-IT-FORWARD – GIVE A SMILE & A LAUGH TO CHILDREN IN A HOSPITAL
DATE: NOVEMBER 27 2018-DECEMBER 14 2018
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The Giving Tuesday Sock Monsters Invade … Hospitals book program is an idea born of frustration, longing, and sheer determination. It is the idea that every child deserves a book. It started in a bizarre fashion. Allow me to tell you the story.
I wrote “Sock Monsters Invade Earth” and asked my kids to draw the pictures for it. We worked on it together. I wrote it because my kids were tired of listening to the stories I told them about the Sock Monsters when their socks vanished. I wrote the story to show them that if they put their minds and hearts into something, it would work out.
We finished the book and I showed it to my family. We were at the Agriculture Show. One of the booth workers happened by and asked to take a look. I explained what it was and what it represented to our family.
He looked me in the eye and said, “I want 26.”
My mind began working the numbers.
He turned to me and said, “As a donation. We are a small hospital that runs on donations so I can’t purchase them but we need material for our kids and parents to enjoy in our rooms.”
My mind began working the numbers … again … with the word Donation running through it.
I now looked him in the eye. “I’ll look into it.” The idea stayed with me, percolating.
I couldn’t figure out how to fund this idea until … one day I was thinking about the second book I wrote that was an Interactive book. This second book is an Interactive- Read, Write, and Draw- Workbook designed to get kids to practice reading, writing and drawing in a fun and non-threatening way. I have them express themselves using pen and paper instead of using a computer. While I was thinking about this book and my donation problem, I started thinking about the Pay-it-Forward concept. On my yearly list of holidays, one day had been set aside as a Pay-It-Forward kindness day and thus the three ideas mixed together.
We now have the Giving Tuesday Sock Monsters Invade …Hospitals direct donation program. For $6 one book plus the shipping of that book offers one child a smile. For $12 two books plus the shipping of both books offers two children a chance to smile and laugh. The start of this year’s fundraiser begins on November 27, 2018, and hope to offer at least 70 books around Christmas time. When the final tallies are in I hope to keep this fundraiser going year round so that next Christmas I can give a book to all the children’s hospitals in Washington State! I know between those looking for ways to give back and those who love the idea of paying-it-forward, we can work together to give both a smile and a laugh to a lot of kids this Christmas and beyond!