Thursday, May 2, 2013

Books for Charley

What's the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word MAY?

Impending summer break?

Yeah, yeah, yeah....those might be the more popular responses....but when I hear MAY, I immediately think Books for Charley!  In a month filled with so many up and down emotions, it feels good to welcome back something familiar each May...something that is always guaranteed to put a smile on this mama's face!

Since our innagural collection in 2011, Books for Charley has generated almost 3,400 books, all of which have been donated to hospitals and clinics who specialize in caring for children born with congenital heart defects.  Last year we invited several other heart families to take part in our Books for Charley collection and were totally blown away by the response they received.  Aly, Mason and Claire's families have all graciously agreed to participate again this year (WOOHOO!) and I'm thrilled to announce that we'll also be welcoming two NEW families to the group.  Check back next Monday and Tuesday to meet our newest additions!

New to Books for Charley?  Click HERE to learn about our yearly book collection and for posts about previous donations!

We would love to have you participate in this year's collection, and there are so many ways to support our cause.  Some have chosen to hold "Books for Charley" birthday parties while others have created flyers/donation boxes to set out at work.  This year we've even had a local high school student who incorporated a collection into his senior project.  Whether you participate on a larger scale or simply donate a book or two, each contribution makes a HUGE difference. 

How to Donate:

Local drop-offs: Please email us at if you would like to coordinate a drop-off in the Omaha/Lincoln area. We've got family in all corners of town so we'll work out whatever is most convenient for you!

Harlan, IA donations: If you live in the Harlan area and would like to make a donation, books can be dropped off at 1407 Willow Street (Jan Goeser). Please contact her if you would like to coordinate a drop off.

Mailed donations: Last year we had books come in from all over the country! If you would like to send your donation through the mail, please use the address listed below. 

Charley's Heart
2730 NW Dahlia Drive
Lincoln, NE 68524

Just a reminder, these books are going to sick kiddos in hospital and clinic settings. Because of this, we ask that you send NEW books only. Less yucky germs that way! :)

PayPal donations: Click HERE to be directed to the Charley's Heart website.  From there, look for the "Donate Now" button on the right hand side of the screen. This was a HUGE source of our collection last year with more than $1500 in donations received during the month of May.   

Here we go again, sweet Charley Bear...Year #3 of Books for Charley is here and I have a feeling that it's going to be the biggest yet.  I hope beyond all hopes that we make you proud!

On your mark....Get Set....GO! Book collections START NOW!

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