Thursday, May 1, 2014

Books for Charley {4}


Today is MAY 1st and you all know what that means – time to kick off the 4th annual BOOKS FOR CHARLEY book drive! Our official collection starts today and will continue throughout the month of May. We’ve had such an incredible response for all of you in the past, but have a feeling that year #4 is going to be the biggest yet!

Over the past 4 years, we have watched in awe as our little book drive has grown not only in the number of books donated, but in the number of facilities who have benefited from the collections. Since our inaugural collection in 2011, Books for Charley has generated over 6,000 books, all of which have been donated to hospitals and clinics specializing in the care of children born with congenital heart defects. This year we are welcoming back our heart friends, Aly, Claire, Madison and Logan, and will be introducing a brand new member of the Books for Charley family next week. We’re so VERY, VERY, VERY excited!

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 families have chosen to hold "Books for Charley" birthday parties while others have created flyers/donation boxes to set out at work. The possibilities are endless and we always love hearing how people think outside of the box! Whether you participate on a large 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 all over town and can work out a plan that 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
16424 Timberlane Drive
Omaha, NE 68136

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! :)

Amazon Wish List:  This was a new way to donate last year and ended up being our biggest source of non-monetary donations. Simply click HERE to be directed to the Books for Charley wish list on There you will find a list of over 200 books that were hand selected for this year’s book drive. Any book purchased from this list will ship directly to us, eliminating the need for a trip to the post office! And the best part? All orders of $35 or more qualify for FREE shipping. Just make sure to include your name in the message box provided so that we know who the donation is from. We like to give thanks where thanks are due!

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.

Thank you all in advance for your continued support of Charley’s Heart and Books for Charley. May is a very difficult month for everyone who knew and loved our little girl, but it is so much more manageable knowing that we have all of YOU rallying behind us. Thank you for helping us celebrate sweet Charlotte this month – I know that she would be so very proud!

READY…SET…GO! Books for Charley collections start NOW!

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