On Sunday, I posted a picture of an abandoned lemonade stand on Facebook with the comment. “I know some local entrepreneurs who will soon realize one of the first rules of making money. Don’t leave your cash box unattended.” Last night, I picked the two entrepreneurs up from gymnastics. I was going to wait and see how long it took for them to realize their lemonade cash was missing. Then, the devastation of Hurricane Harvey happened. Knowing these girls’ sweet spirits, I chose a different route. To set the scene there were two sweaty girls in leotards sitting in the back seat surrounded by backpacks, binders and lunch boxes. Our conversation went like this.
Me: Where’s the money you made from the lemonade stand?
ML: In the box.
Me: No, it’s not.
ML: Did you spend it?
Me: No. I stole it. You shouldn’t leave your cash box unattended.
Me: I had an idea. Would you like to donate it to the Red Cross to help the victims from Hurricane Harvey?
ML and Friend: YES!!!
Their $13 won’t buy anything from the auction KidLit Cares is holding. But it might if I add to it. I’m thinking about approaching parents from fifth grade to see if any of them want to join in a bid for a Skype visit with an author. I have my eye on a few and feel certain their ELA teacher wouldn’t object. Especially one who is having her students read so many wonderful books this year.
People who write children’s books don’t do it for the money. Writing is hard work and takes lots of time. I already knew authors of books for children were amazing. But their willingness to share their time and promote the love of reading while benefiting Hurricane Harvey victims speaks volumes.
Kate Messner says it best on the KidLit Cares Auction site.
“People who write children’s books and work in this industry have a wide range of interests and talents. As authors, illustrators, agents, and editors, we do different jobs, and we love and create different kinds of books. But one thing we all tend to agree on is using your powers for good in the world.
We are heartbroken that Hurricane Harvey and related flooding is having such a devastating effect on those in the storm’s path. Today and in the weeks to come, the Red Cross will be serving thousands of families displaced by Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Those families include so many kids who read our books. We’d like to do what we can to help, and that’s what KidLit Cares is all about.”
199 authors, illustrators, editors and agents have donated their time or books. Take a look and consider bidding if you can. If you can’t, consider giving what you can to the Red Cross. Small amounts from many people add up quickly.
Follow the link below for more information.