May is collection month for Books for Charley!! Many of you were so kind last year to donate children’s books for this great cause, and we are hoping you will want to do it again this year.
For those of you who don’t know what Books for Charley is, Charlotte passed away last May due to her CHD. Although we never were able to meet Charlotte, she and her family are considered friends. We found Charlotte’s mom’s blog last year right about the time things went bad and have kept in touch with them ever since. Many of Charlotte’s friends and family decided to collect books last year and to donate them to the hospital that had taken such good care of Charlotte. People from all over collected over 1,000 children’s books that were donated! The heart children who are at Charlotte’s hospital or cardiology clinic get to have a book. It’s a nice way to honor Charlotte’s memory, bring a smile to these children’s faces and to bring awareness to CHD.
This year, Charlotte’s mom asked if we would like to donate the books that we collect to Duke in honor of Claire and in memory of Charlotte. Of course I was super excited and said yes! So the books that Claire collects this month will all be donated to Duke Children’s Hospital and to the PCICU at Duke (Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit) where Claire spent a lot of her first days and months.
So please, consider donating any children’s book or 2 or 3!! You can drop it off at any of our houses, call us to come pick it up, or whatever it takes to collect a bunch of books! If you do not want to shop for the books, I will gladly take a monetary donation and go shop for the books for you. I think we collected about 50 books last year. My goal is to collect 113 books as this is the number of days Claire spent in the hospital (99 NICU, 7 for heart surgery, and 7 for liver surgery). Not sure if this is feasible, but it’s something to shoot for!
Charlotte’s family has also just created a wonderful website in her memory and launched it today! You find it at www.charleysheart.com. It tells Charlotte’s story, projects that her family and friends are doing in her memory, and also is a great resource for CHD families. Check it out!
The Scott Family