Children's Book for Sandy Hook Elem.

$5,050 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 121 people in 43 months
Amber Huntington Wright   AMERICAN FORK, UT

As many of you know I am a survivor of the Columbine H.S. school shootings.  I have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and I have had to overcome many trials to get where I am today.  Every time I hear about another school shooting my heart breaks, as I am sure it does with everyone, but I also usually withdraw and have a hard time dealing with it.  After hearing about the shootings at Sandy Hook I felt this way, but I also had a strong feeling that I needed to help in some way, and reach out this time.
   I created a picture book entitled "It Gets Better", with the help of Liz Carlston author of Surviving Columbine, and Sarah Wood- talented photographer.  The book addresses symptoms of PTSD, in children's terms and illustrates how things get better.  It is meant to offer solidarity and hope.  I received some special cards after the Columbine shooting that I would read over and over, that is what gave me the idea to do a picture book.  That way if someone doesn't feel like talking, they have a book to look at to bring comfort.
   Liz and I have decided to self publish through Amazon, so that we can get this book completed and delivered in a timely manner.  If you donate $6 that will be two books for two children.  Any extra money earned will be donated to the survivors.  Once a big event like this is out of the media we forget that the people of Newtown still have a long road of recovery ahead.  It took me 4 years, 3 therapists, 1 medical doctor and 2 sleep specialists to finally function with some degree of normality.  Of course I did a lot on my own as well and had other help but right now I am talking cost.  By the time I was seeing all of these doctors all of the money in the Columbine survivor fund was gone.  It was very expensive and that in itself was an extra burden. 
I appreciate any help you can give to this project, it will be a simple, but touching gift from all of us.  Thank you, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime.

+ Read More
Update 9
41 months ago
Thank you so much! We will be sending the book in to be published this week!!!
+ Read More
Update 8
42 months ago
Silent Auction: Feb 28th 6:30pm Highland Gardens, Highland UT Please come! There will be fantastic auction items, entertainment, and of course refreshments!
+ Read More
Update 7
43 months ago
Thank you all for supporting this project- I feel like I need to make some things more clear after the abc4news story- I am raising funds to have enough books published to send to the Newtown community, I will not be collecting any royalties. Any extra money earned will go to the survivor fund. I am very hopeful about this project, the news story focused too much on tragedy...but I was just trying to reach more people. This project is about hope and love and that THINGS GET BETTER!
+ Read More
Update 6
43 months ago
I don't know you and you donate, please tell me a little bit about who you are, I am getting all of these wonderful donations and I want to know more about you! Thanks for sharing my page, too- Some H.S. friends, and a teacher sharing lessons from Columbine: http://www.wfsb.com/story/20987102/recovering-is-something-you-do-not-something-that-just-happens
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Help spread the word!
 644 total shares
Jimmi Harris
42 months ago

Amber my husband and I read your story in the Church news, we think this is a wonderful gift you are giving back to others who are in pain from this trauma. We have never experienced this type of trauma but just reading your story and the quote of one of the Holocaust survivors shared with you that "if you don't do anything, the pain is wasted" and you are doing something ... we will be honored to help you by donating

+ Read More
Ali Bryner
42 months ago

Amber, My name is Ali Monsen. I am with ElevenNews at BYU down in Provo. I would like to do a spot on your efforts to raise money for your book because I think it's a story people should hear! Would you be interested in setting up an interview with me? I would love for the story to air Monday at noon, if you are available before then. Please get back to me at your convenience, Ali Monsen alibali888@hotmail.com

+ Read More

$5,050 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 121 people in 43 months
Created February 4, 2013
Amber Huntington Wright     Volunteer   AMERICAN FORK, UT
$25
Anonymous
40 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$25
Anonymous
41 months ago (Monthly Donation)
SF
$15
Scott Fredrickson
41 months ago
$10
Melissa Wright
41 months ago

It's really great that you've done this!

+ Read More
$50
Anonymous
41 months ago
LL
$30
lisa lewis
42 months ago

this will bless so many

+ Read More
$25
Jimmi Harris
42 months ago
FF
$25
Falslev Family
42 months ago (Offline Donation)
JK
$25
Judith Kropp
42 months ago

Glad you're doing this.

+ Read More
$500
Anonymous
42 months ago
Jimmi Harris
42 months ago

Amber my husband and I read your story in the Church news, we think this is a wonderful gift you are giving back to others who are in pain from this trauma. We have never experienced this type of trauma but just reading your story and the quote of one of the Holocaust survivors shared with you that "if you don't do anything, the pain is wasted" and you are doing something ... we will be honored to help you by donating

+ Read More
Ali Bryner
42 months ago

Amber, My name is Ali Monsen. I am with ElevenNews at BYU down in Provo. I would like to do a spot on your efforts to raise money for your book because I think it's a story people should hear! Would you be interested in setting up an interview with me? I would love for the story to air Monday at noon, if you are available before then. Please get back to me at your convenience, Ali Monsen alibali888@hotmail.com

+ Read More
  Use My Facebook Account
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
 Share on Facebook