I am trying to raise book donations for the Oasis Youth Shelter in Ft. Myers, Florida. The Shelter cares for 350-375 children between the ages of 10-17. The kids fall into one of four categories: truant, runaway, homeless, or designated ungovernable by the state of Florida.I know that so many of you have already given generously to the Dewey Donation System in support of the libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina, and I'm hoping that you can come through yet again for the kids at the Oasis Youth Shelter. Even if you can't afford to send new books, there are other ways you can help:
My mom has been volunteering there and after listening to some of the stories, I felt the least I could do was donate some much-needed books to the shelter's library. I've gotten most of my friends to donate as well. I've been collecting and shipping them as they come in and I've even set up a wish list at Amazon.com.
My request is for you to recommend some books for the wishlist. If you could help me fill out the list with books that would appeal to 10-to-17-year-olds (mostly female), I would really appreciate it. The book drive has no timeline as I plan to keep going until the day I die.
1. Recommend books for the wish list.
I know from experience that you guys have no shortage of opinions when it comes to book suggestions (heheh), so please post away in the comments section. As Chasity mentions, they're looking at books for 10-to-17-year-olds, particularly girls and young women, so please bear that in mind. Amy Palmer, who is the clinical director for the shelter, would like donations to be age appropriate, with a minimum of violence and sexuality. Amy also says they're interested in many of the following types of books:
- Reference books (including atlases and encyclopedias)
- Dictionaries (kid-friendly and teen-friendly, as well as traditional) for use during homework time
- Blank journals (The shelter would like to encourage more journaling by the kids.)
- Books on how things work
- Career choices
- Historical and biographical
- Arts and crafts (Amy says that some of the kids show a lot of interest in making things, so arts and crafts kits would be great, too.)
Check out the wish list or the guidelines above, and see if you have any appropriate books that you're done with. (Come on, deep down you know it's time for a good ol' fashioned book purge. And think about all the lovely space you'll make available on your shelves... for more books!)
Any donations can be sent directly to the shelter:
Oasis Youth ShelterChasity is in the process of working out shipping for those who can't afford to mail the books themselves, but she mentions that's probably a little ways off. Oh, and if you do send books that are on the wish list, please be sure to email Chasity at chasitymoody[AT]ifeelpithy[DOT]com to let her know, so she can remove the book from the wishlist.
3634 Central Avenue
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
3. And of course, there's always that Amazon wish list.
Even if you can't send anything now, bookmark it. You never know what riches the future holds for you! And please, please consider forwarding this post to your book-loving friends.