For the babies

This weekend, I’m going to The Garden of Angels for a Christmas concert. We’ll sing holiday songs and share tree ornaments. We’ll donate books to families whose lives have been touched by Safe Arms for Newborns. And we’ll honor the tiny babies who are buried in the Garden.  

You may remember that I have a personal connection to this place. I blogged about it here and here. A few days ago, I mentioned that I was collecting books to take to the party. And then, a miracle happened! Some amazing author-friends offered to contribute brand-new and gently-used books, too! I thanked them through my tears. I wasn’t looking for help, but it came knocking. That’s how blessings happen, don’t you think? And so, in the spirit of friendship, I’m wondering if any of you would like to join us. Share the books you love…Share your hearts with the babies.

Times are tight; I know that. But if you’ve got a book or two to spare, I know for sure they’ll end up in happy hands. You can also send them in the new year–good books are always welcomeThey need reading materials for all age groups, from babies to adolescents. And they’d love to have some to share with young mothers, too. But even if your resources are limited, I know already that your generosity is not. If you can’t send books, I know they’ll be grateful for your prayers. And please, pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.

Please mail all donations to this address:
Garden of Angels
PO Box 1776
Yucaipa, CA 92399
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  1. Melodye, Lily got three copies of Goodnight Moon! So I can send along two of them. We don’t really need three copies! I’m also going to send out “The Little Red Barn” as well. Still waiting for the LB books!

    • Oh man, I’m going to start crying again. Happy, grateful tears, of course. Thank you so, so much! Please give Lily a hug, and tell her “thank you” for sharing her books with other babies.

          • You don’t have to go to that hassle. (To tell the truth I get nervous about the prospect of someone else’s money.) If I can get the spouse to agree, I’ll pack up a box. I have a lot of kidzbooks I could donate, besides some of my own.

  2. I’ve just shared this link with my fellow 2009 Debs, since we’ve been discussing the possibility of donating books to worthwhile charities. I hope the Christmas concert is a time of comfort and blessing for you and the others involved in supporting this important work of saving little ones.

  3. This is what the season is all about. I hope you have a wonderful time this weekend and I’ll look around to see what I can contribute for the book drive. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • It is, isn’t it? We are blessed with an abundance of everything, including books — enough to share with others less fortunate. Thank you so much for doing the same!!

      (That icon is full of awesome. Such joy!)

  4. I _knew_ there was a reason to always come home from the bookstore with bags (okay and bags) of books-I just didn’t know what it would be, until now…

    Thank you for this and for giving us an opportunity to share. Now, must take a look and those shelves and get to picking!

      • Oh, man, I wish I saw your post earlier. But, I do have books to send, plenty. I will send one of mine, of course, but I have many other good ones, too. I’ll send them out on Monday. Let me know when you get them. Have a great weekend!!

        • Thank you so much for sending a copy of your book (a real treat!), plus others. The timing doesn’t matter — they’ll appreciate the books whenever they arrive.

          Since you’ll be sending them directly to the Garden of Angels, you might want to include a note (or send them an email at the above address), if you need/want delivery verification. And if you need a donation form for accounting purposes, I can forward one to you…just let me know.

          • Would you like me to send them to you, directly. If you go there often and want to take them yourself, I can do that? I don’t need any forms or anything. I’m just glad to have a place to send books I enjoyed to someone else for a good purpose and their enjoyment. Let me know. If so, and you want to send your address you can PM on Verla’s. If not, I’ll just send to the address you provided.

          • I’m thinking it’d probably be easier if you mailed them directly to the Garden of Angels. That way, they’ll be sure to get there around the holidays. Thanks again! Many, many thanks.

    • ((Maria)) I imagine this was difficult for you to read. I know also from our conversations that the Garden’s mission must speak directly to your heart.

      While it might be hard to make book donations from a foreign country, perhaps you could donate some of your own writing, albeit in a slightly different form. The people who run this organization donate countless hours and boundless energy to the Garden of Angels. Their loving hearts and generous spirits helped create the amazing place that it is. So…might you be willing to write a letter of support? One that lets them know how much this kind of project means to/for the world, even for those who aren’t geographically close? You could email or send it by post, either one, at your convenience.


      • It was difficult to read. I went to their site and read and cried. But it made me happy, too. That there are people who care. And not just care, but act.
        I think your suggestion is great and I will sit down tonight or tomorrow and do just what you suggested.

  5. I’m truly overcome with emotion that so many people would step in to donate to this very worthy cause. It just reaffirms my belief that, thought the world can seem filled with hate, anger, and strife, it is also filled with love, compassion, and beauty. I’m grateful to be a part of all the best the world, and the online community of readers and writers, has to offer.

    I will be sending a good-size box, Melody, and I’m going to post something on my Myspace page as well, encouraging donations of both books and cash (is that okay?).

    Love to all…

    Michelle Zink

    • Michelle, you’ve expressed so eloquently all the emotions I’ve been feeling. Thank you! And thanks again for your book donations.

      YES, it’d be wonderful if you’d help spread the word! People can send donations to the address in this post, or they can contribute cash at the Garden’s secure website (also listed above). I’ll be happy to email a donation form to those who need it for accounting purposes. (Melodye AT MelodyeShore DOT com — or have them contact me through my blog.)

      P.S. I hope you don’t think it presumptuous that I’ve added you to my list of friends.

  6. This is beautiful, Melodye. And I would most definitely love to contribute. I’ve got a ton of books that I’d be happy to donate. I’m a little worried about the content of some of my books though. Perhaps I can run some of the titles by you and see if you think they’re appropriate?

    • Thanks, Kevin! You have such a generous heart. If you’re worried about any of the books, my best advice is to trust your instincts. I’ll be happy to take a look at the titles, but I’m guessing they’d prefer noncontroversial subjects. Not that I think they’re into censorship (I definitley don’t), but you never know about the recipients…

      • Thanks, Melodye. I just know that there are some who have it worse than I do and I always like to help if I can. I’ve got a ton of Dean Koontz books and others like that I’d be more than happy to part with. I don’t know if “horror” type books would be appropriate for the recipients or not.

        • Yeah, I don’t know, either. If they’re gently used (but much loved) books, I’d say “send them.” If they don’t choose to distribute them through the Garden, they can always pass them along to other charitable agencies. They have a tight network of support with groups that have similar missions and overlapping clients. Again, thanks for sharing your treasures and (most of all) your giving heart…

  7. Melodye, thanks for leaving the comment over on my post about the Valentine’s Day benefit. No need to purchase a copy—I’ll be happy to donate one to this cause close to your heart. Should I send it to you?

    • ((Sara!!)) Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! It’d be my pleasure to purchase a copy, but I learned long ago not to stand in the way of a blessing. xoxo

      Why don’t you send it directly to them, along with a note that indicates it’s an autographed copy for the Valentine’s Day auction? I’m sure they’ll be incredibly happy to receive it, as will the highest bidder!

      Garden of Angels
      PO Box 1776
      Yucaipa, CA 92399

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