[ModLib] Book donation request
Agcpa at aol.com
Agcpa at aol.com
Sat Dec 13 16:35:37 EST 2008
My fellow collectors,
With the preface that this has been approved by the list moderator, I write
to you with a very personal request.
Over the past few years I've had the opportunity to get to know several of
you off line. You may, or may not know, that my son Sam is profoundly
autistic and attends a special needs school run by Birch Family Services,
appropriate for his disabilities, here in New York.
I am the treasurer of the social services agency that runs Sam's school. We
are the largest provider of special education preschool services here in New
York. 75% of these children qualify for a free or subsidized school lunch,
which by government standards means that they are living close to the
pover***y line (not allowed to use that word).
These children are part of a federally program that enhances services for
students with disabilities. This year, our funding was cut by approximately
$377,000 and we were forced to make the very difficult choice of maintaining
our staffing and cutting out most of our budget for educational material and
books. We were forced to choose staff. Cutting books and educational
materials from our budget is a loss that will have a long lasting impact on these
children. Reading at school and at home prepares these children to learn. It
is a devastating loss.
I am writing to ask you to consider a donation, be it $10, $20, millions,
zillions or whatever you can, to support the purchase of books for these
children. My goal is to raise $25,000 by year end for this program.
I have created a simple web site that I urge you to visit at
_www.birchservicesfund.org_ (http://www.birchservicesfund.org) that explains everything
and has a direct link to Paypal for donations. Please use the "Book Donation"
If you would prefer to write a check, please email me at either
_agcpa at aol.com_ (mailto:agcpa at aol.com) or _alan at goldbergcpa.com_
(mailto:alan at goldbergcpa.com) and I will reply with a donation form. Birch is a not for profit
organization and all contributions qualify for a federal tax deduction to the
extent allowed by law.
Many thanks for your consideration and again, for allowing me to present
this request in this forum.
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