Contribute to provide a book to a local library

Every $7 contributed will cover the cost of providing a copy of "Jolene the Disability Awareness Chicken" to a local library.

"Jolene the Disability Awareness Chicken" is a children's book written to help children understand disability, what it means to be different and how to accept and love each other regardless of how we look or identify.

This book has received support from parents and children in the Hudson Valley Community and this fundraiser will allow copies of the book to be distributed to libraries and nonprofits in the area. 

Jolene was one of six chicks who hatched on April 30, 2021. Jolene’s egg was blue as opposed to all the other eggs which were either brown or white.
Her egg was also unusually thick and ultimately she required assistance hatching which was an extremely delicate operation, as a young chick must be removed from their egg with the utmost care due to the fact that their blood vessels can still be attached to the inner membrane.
The hatch was successful, and her tiny wet body was placed immediately in the incubator. Within a few hours her brothers and sisters were up and about, however Jolene was still crouched over in a tiny fluffy ball.
We soon realized that one of her legs was bent awkwardly underneath her body. Further research showed that the disability that she was born with is known of as perosis, or a slipped tendon. Specifically, the tendon that runs down the back of her leg had slipped to the side, pulling her foot and lower leg upward and out to the side.
Jolene was able to hop around and was a sweet and happy bird all her life. Her best friend in the world was her sister Christopher. Sadly, Jolene passed away on May 27, 2021. She leaves behind a legacy of love and acceptance that outlasted her brief but beautiful life.
We are grateful to Jolene for teaching us how to speak to children about how each one of us is different, unique and beautiful.
So many people have contributed their talent and energy to this story. Through a previous campaign we raised enough to print 300 copies of this book which will be given as gifts to children this holiday season.
More about Jolene can be found at



Executive Committee
Fishkill, NY

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