Harbor House Book Drive

After a tough 2020, I have decided that 2021 will be a year of giving back.  I want to complete fundraisers for agencies in need, both in the Denver area where we live, but also in the communities that we visit throughout the year. 

Since we are currently in IL visiting family for the New Year, I wanted to start off the year by helping an agency that we helped out 2 years ago: Harbor House, Kankakee County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

According to their website, Harbor house offers free and confidential services to victims of domestic Violence and their children. Their primary goal is to provide a safe environment in which to educate victims and enable them to break their personal cycle of violence safely. They offer:

   -24 hour Crisis Hotline

   -Crisis Intervention

   -Emergency Shelter

   -Individual & Group Couseling

   -Support Groups

   -Court Advocacy

   -Information & Referrals

   -System Advocacy (law enforcement, judicial, human services, etc.)

   -Transitional Housing

I have thankfully never been a victim of such abuse, but I have worked with children who have, and I have seen how traumatizing this can be.  I want to be part of providing some comfort to the children when they arrive at Harbor House, help ease some of their fear, stress and worry. Help me bring comfort to these kiddos by making a donation towards getting a plush and book when they seek services at Harbor House.  I am looking to provide one of the following books & plushies for them: Cuddle Bear book & Teddy Bear, Jonathon James & the What If Monster book & What If Monster plush, or a Cordelia book & plush

The Cuddle Bear picture book shows how love and hugs have the power to bring comfort to those in need and how everyone needs a hug sometimes. There is an optional plush bear to go along with the book. And as a bonus, through a partnership with the Scott Carter Foundation, Usborne gives a portion of all Cuddle Bear book and bear sales directly to the Foundation to support their yearly goals in pediatric cancer research.  The Cuddle Bear book or the teddy bear alone is $12.99 and the book/bear combo is $24.99.

Jonathon James and the What If Monster is a book about a little boy who finds himself in a new situation.  He hears the What If Monster asking him all kinds of questions to stop him from trying something new: What if it’s scary? What if they laugh?  What if it’s hard?  Finally, Jonathon James has some questions of his own: What if they don’t?  What if it isn’t? What then?  The book alone is $6.99, the What If Monster Plush is $12.99 and together, they are $19.98.

Cordelia is a book about a girl that can fly over the ocean, up with the birds, wherever she wants to fly, she does. It’s her favorite thing!  It’s what males her happy!  It’s what makes her who she is.  Until one day, she hears the whispers: people can’t fly, it’s impossible.  And suddenly, Cordelia can’t fly.  It’s a story about believing in yourself and your dreams…and flying wherever you want to go!  The book is $6.99, the Cordelia plush is $14.99 and together, they are $21.98.

I am so appreciative for any donation amount you are able to give, even if it's just a few dollars. If you'd like to make a specific donation, I am asking for any amount that would cover the cost of a book, a plush or both.  I will be collecting donations through Monday, January 25.  

Two years ago, we were able to raise $1100 which provided 44 teddy bears and 44 books which they have already used.  Since they were such a support for the children, I’m increasing my goal to $1500 which would provide over 50 plushies and books!

Usborne's Literacy for a Lifetime 50% Matching Grant Program will match 50% of all donations in additional Cuddle Bear books and plush bears once we reach our min goal of $250. I am hoping to raise $2000, and with 50% matching would allow Harbor house to gift 80 books and bears to children receiving services and any additional children that arrive. 

Please note:  Gofundme charges a fee to use their site, but please know that 100% of the funds raised will go to purchasing the books and bear plushies. I will donate part of my commission to cover taxes and shipping. Please contact me if you would like to donate with another format. Thank you again for your support with this fundraiser! :)


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Jami Thompson 
Denver, CO
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