What happens to a school library when a town is devastated by a ravaging tornado?
It finds itself in desperate need of books.
That’s why the Moore Public Schools Donation Center is now accepting book donations for its school library.
I learned about this request for donations via a terrific community of women writers to which I belong, Women Writing the West. While the message on our community board called for books we as authors had written, my immediate thought was that anyone could donate a book, author or no.
My second thought? If we can give books, what else can we give?
As artists, we always want to share our creative genius with others. You may not be a writer. You may not have the finances to send off a check. But what of yours – a craft, a homemade card, a kind word – can you give?
Go ahead, be creative! It doesn’t take much to send along a smile in some form. The worst that can happen is a “No, thanks.” But my bet is that the people in this torn-up community are so open to receiving anything from the heart that they will be grateful for any gesture of kindness, however big or small.
One colleague of mine organized a publishing auction to raise money. A group of women from Austin, TX, loaded up books and drove to Moore, where they read to children during an event they called “Stories after the Storm.” Each child who attended received a free book, and the remaining books were left as donations to the school library.
A side note: Did you know Moore is home to the state’s fastest growing school district?
According to the message from Women Writing the West, the Moore Public Schools Donation Center will accept donated books via UPS or FedEx here:
Moore West Junior High School
9400 S. Bryant Ave.
Moore, OK 73160
and it will accept donated books via other means here:
2431 SW 89th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
If you are an author with a book to give, consider this, from the request: “Any author that might want to provide any information along with their books, about the book and why they wrote about that subject, etc., it could be used to inspire a whole new crop of writers and make their donation mean even more.”
You never know where one simple, kind gesture could lead.
For other ways to serve, or to read stories from the storm, visit www.servemoore.com.
From the donation center: “Thanks again and please know that we really appreciate your heart!”
*How can you use your creativity to serve those in need? Reply via the “Comments” below.