Well, I have to say that I am pleasantly and wonderfully surprised by the final results of my goodreads book giveaway. There were 546 entries altogether! This astounds me and makes me incredibly happy.
I wanted to say congrats to the two winners, H.D. and Gary. I won't use last names because I didn't ask for permission to post their information. I sent the books off yesterday. I hope they enjoy them!
I also sent another book off yesterday. I donated it to a woman who entered my giveaway and sent me a very nice email about my book. Her name is Savannah Lowery and she is the founder of a non profit organization called Wee Care Community Outreach, Inc. based out of Dalton, Georgia. I was intrigued by what she and her family are doing and I asked her if I might share some details about her work here on my blog. The following are excerpts from her goodreads page as well as the emails I received from her.
When I win books, after I read them I donate them to the small non profit organization which I founded. We have 3 literacy awareness programs and each book helps to promote literacy among at-risk lower income children who can not afford books as well as patients recovering from illnesses, surgeries, and injuries while they stay in the hospital.
We accept youth-YA books for our childrens program. (We offer children free books to help promote literacy. These children are lower income and families who can not buy books)
We have a program which lends books to patients in hospitals recovering from surgery, illness, or injury. Often times patients are by themselves for long periods of time. We believe that books take patients minds off of their pain and healing. Books take their minds to creative places and allow the body to heal faster.
Lastly, we accept books for fundraising for our programs. At times other things are needed to run the programs (books shelves, stationary products, etc-BUT we do NOT pay anyone who helps with our programs, everyone volunteers their time). We use books donated for fundraising to help us with the purchase of more books, supplies, and etc.
If you would be interested in donating, please send us a message or ship books directly to us. Books can be sent to:
Wee Care Community Outreach, Inc
C/O Dawn Lowery
2873 Wells Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30721
Our direct email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wee-Care-Outreach-Corp/379506468796582?fref=ts
Savannah enters many book giveaways on goodreads and then donates the books she wins. I know that she asks authors to donate their own books, but book donations from anywhere are helpful. I chose to donate a copy of The Color of Thunder to Savannah after doing further research about Wee Care Community Outreach and when Alabama Skye is published, I will send her a copy of that one as well. I can't even count how many times a book has helped me. If I can be a part of that, I'm all in.