Bee is for Books
Organized by: Megan McIntyre
The What: Join Bee in his first philanthropic event! Bee is for Books is about ensuring that all children have books of their own and removing a barrier to the critical adult child interaction of reading aloud and together.
So what if he has been on this planet only a handful of Mercury-Sun orbits? This is just a simple pint sized event he really can sink his teeth into... literally and figuratively (we do need to keep working on not chewing on books though).
The Ask: minimum $10 donation to buy at least one new children's book. Best part is Bee will match you book for book. Need a holiday gift? Donate in honor of someone!
The Who: Children of patients and clients at the Bailey Boushay House in Seattle. We personally know the impact of this organization and that the donations will go straight to the children and families in need. No shell games here!
The Why: Philanthropy, community support, empathy, awareness, loving kindness and just being a good human being are only a few of the many many attributes we want to cultivate in our young family. Research shows [link to prove it] that involving children in charitable activities is key to lifelong community support, much more so that just watching their parents donate money.
Guess what? We aren't uber rich major superstar donors - but we are involved in causes that resonate with us, giving of time, energy, resources and support. Sure we could do more but we could do less and there is NO PERFECT LEVEL, it is what is meaningful for you at that time, for that particular cause.
Including our toddler is the next step for us and fits right in with wanting to build our family more around experiences and less around things, but also teaching important life lessons. I don't have all the answers right now (or likely ever) for the hard WHY questions Bee will ask as he grows up (why do some children in the world not get to go to school/does that man sleep in the van out on our street/would someone give up their pet/do some kids get a special meal at school/why ....) BUT I believe that sharing and learning and discovering together overtime will ease this.
The Still Skeptical but Persistent Reader Part:
- NY Times Article : Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own
- AAP Policy Statement: Parents who read to their children nurture more than literary skills
- Taking it even further thirtymillionwords.org
The Fine Print
- The first 'campaign' runs through the end of 2015.
- Donations (97 cents of every dollar) will be used to purchase new books for local children who do not have access to new books to call their own.
- Bee's Matching will be limited to 50 books (hey, he is just a toddler)
- It is just our family trying out this new tactic, but if you want to join us and make this even more big and more official, let us know in the comments or via email!
The Last Random Side Note: I certainly have fond memories of my parents reading aloud (Little House. on the Prairie Bonnet Head over here). What books do you remember? Any requests for books?
Thank you for joining us in Bee is for Books.
Update! January 25, 2016
Thank you to all who supported Bee is for Books. Together we raised almost $400 and the parental unit made good on the matching promise. So $800 was just sent to Bailey Boushay House for children's books. We will be visiting BBH in a few weeks and will post photo updates. We will keep this campaign open as there is a never ending need to read!