For several years now, I’ve run a book drive around the holidays to collect books for a local domestic violence shelter.
On Tuesday, I wrote briefly about the value of books and stories as an escape, however temporary. Going to a domestic violence shelter is never an easy choice. It can be even harder around the holidays, especially if you have children. It’s hard to think about presents when you’re worried about your safety and trying to figure out how to start your life over from scratch.
To my author friends, if you would be willing to donate one or more autographed books, those books will be given to victims of domestic violence and their children. You’ll be providing gifts for people who probably don’t expect them this year, and more importantly, your books can give a temporary escape from the stress and fear.
I’m also accepting donations of unsigned, new books from anyone who cares to donate. In previous years I’ve also taken used books, but I’m told we’ve filled the bookshelves at both local shelters to the bursting point (which is pretty dang cool–thank you!). So for the moment I’m only asking for new books.
Please contact me if you’d be willing to contribute.
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