|This is how I feel right now--all jubilant and victorious.|
1. I have been sincerely overwhelmed by the response to my last post about helping Isaac. You have, with your comments and contributions and sharing, put me in awe of the generosity of strangers and the power of coming together to change the world. Since writing my last post, I have spoken extensively with Alisa Bridge at Northwest Middle School, who works in their Family Support Center. Alisa's job is to assess the needs of the students' families, visit their homes, and coordinate relief for them. She was able to give me a little more information about Isaac's family. His mother has some serious health problems and was in the hospital the day I found him stranded. She is happily home now, but I don't know for how long, and her condition makes it impossible for her to work or drive. Isaac has two older sisters who have small children that live with him and his mom. There is no father in the picture for any of the kids. He, his mother, and the other children all need basic items like underwear, socks, and groceries.
I am happy to report that in one week we have collected:
1 awesome new red bike, 1 heavy duty bike lock, 1 container of tire sealant.
Christmas presents for Isaac! (SnapCircuits SC-300, pull-up bar, Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator Blaster with 75 extra darts, Nerf football, Ranger's Apprentice series, and various books, movies, and CDs donated by my awesome publisher, Deseret Book.)
Christmas presents for Isaac's little nieces and nephew (Pictures to come! Lots of cute toys! I had so much fun!)
A complete set of clothes for Isaac (5 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of pants, 5 long-sleeve shirts, 1 button-down shirt, 1 set of pajamas (more to come), 6 pairs of underwear and socks, 1 coat.
I have not finished shopping. Things I still need to collect or buy include: a bike helmet, gloves, hat, and shoes for Isaac, clothes for Isaac's mom, shoes and clothes for the little kids, and gift cards to Smith's and McDonald's, groceries, and a few bus passes. If any of you would like to donate those items, please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is all thanks to you!!!! I have made every effort to be frugal and spend this money wisely, for I consider it sacred. My aim is to collect as many items as I can so that I can donate a big chunk of the money to the Northwest Middle School Family Support Center. Sadly, Isaac's situation is not unique. They have a lot of kids who show up daily without socks or a coat or any food at home. For those of you who would like to be more personally involved, they do have an extensive Sub for Santa program at the school. If you would like to choose your own "Isaac" and do your own shopping for him, please call Alisa Bridge at 801-578-8409.
All of the shopping is taking longer than I expected, so I will be delivering the items/money to Isaac's school next week. Afterwards, I will have photos to share with all of you. But I wish I could share more than photos. I wish I could hug you all and let you know how much I appreciate your joining me in this effort. I know that you will all be blessed.
2. In other news, Edenbrooke did very well in the Goodreads Choice award, coming in at #7 in the Romance category. I couldn't have done this without your help, so again I am indebted to you, my wonderful fans! Thank you!!
3. If you would like to purchase a personalized, signed copy of Edenbrooke, you can now do so by ordering it from my local bookstore, The King's English. I will hustle over there and sign your copy with whatever inscription you want and they will ship it to whatever address you specify and it would make a terrific Christmas present. Go here to order: http://www.kingsenglish.com/julianne-donaldson
EDIT: Thank you so much for reading this! If you would like to help Isaac's family or any other child at his school, please contact Alisa Bridge at Northwest Middle School at 801-578-8409. I am no longer accepting monetary donations. Thank you!!