On December 14, 2012, One for the Books donated over 200 books to the Pediatric Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City. Prior to our visit, we were assured that the children would benefit from new books, in particular, foreign language, board, and pop-up books so we made sure to consider those needs during the book selection process.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s goal is to cure each child, while at the same time making sure that he or she remains emotionally and psychologically healthy. Memorial Sloan-Kettering treats children with the expectation that they will survive their disease and return to a life filled with hope and health. We are hopeful that our donation will provide the children with some comfort through their treatment journey.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a cheerful staff member who explained that although the hospital receives a considerable amount of toy donations, children’s books are rare donations and very much appreciated. We were guided to the mini-wonderland that is the hospital’s playroom. It’s a most inviting place bristling with energy ready to engage every child’s curiosity. Another staff member in the playroom expressed her sincere gratitude and remarked that the books were sorely needed. She then pointed to a shelf containing merely 20-25 books. It was a roller coaster of emotions at that instant: surprise, sadness, but then excitement. To see first-hand the significant contribution that an organization as small as One for the Books could make to the children served by an establishment as large and renown as Sloan-Kettering was truly heartwarming. Beholding the many children in the room and imagining them immersing themselves in the books that eagerly awaited them made it easy to feel a bit emotional.
We would like to thank Shannon McGinn for her fundraising efforts and supporting our Run for the Books Project. We would also like to acknowledge the generosity of those who contributed to her 100-mile run. On behalf of the children, thank you for your acts of kindness. A very tough economy has been challenging on charitable organizations including One for the Books; however, this experience has rejuvenated our spirit to continue our quest for giving books to children in need.