All future proceeds from book sales of Red Clay and Roses will be donated to The Russell Home for Atypical Children. Most of my readers know that my mother died when I was age eight, I lived in foster homes, and then The Ethel Harpst Home for Children and Youth in Cedartown, GA.
For several weeks, I searched the Orlando area for a similar type children’s group home and found none. There is a thrift store run by The Russell Home near my daughter’s house. We shop there and always buy our Christmas trees from them. I got information from them and toured the facility last week.
Ideally, atypical children are best served in their own homes. I worked pediatric extended care for eight years as a registered nurse and know that there are some situations when that simply is not possible. Foster Homes for children with special needs are not easily found. Some need a permanent home and some need a temporary residence.
The Russell Home for atypical children was established sixty years ago. Vaguely familiar with them from donating bicycles and furniture, I have learned a lot about their services. Started by Mrs. Vantrease “Grandma” Russell, who died in 2003, it operates without any government support. It is now run by her heirs. The Home is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind for severely handicapped children in Central Florida. In addition to your thoughts and prayers, cash contributions are their primary means of support.
Red Clay and Roses was published in March 2013. With the December promo through Ereader News Today, the book finally earned enough to pay for the costs of publishing. I am a retired nurse and write as a hobby. If the hobby should blossom into something more that would be great, but it is not a goal for me. The point is now that the book has paid for itself, I would like the money earned by the book to go to a worthy cause and I believe The Russell Home is most certainly worthy.
Last night, my husband and I sat down and discussed our charitable contributions that we make every year, along with our finances. We decided to MATCH book sales with our own personal pledge. The combined total will be contributed to The Russell Home quarterly.
As author, it puts a serious purpose behind promoting the book. A promotional started today through Ereader News Today, so buying your copy now also means you will be supporting this organization. Just 99 cents!
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