I'm doing this again, and plan to continue doing so until there's no longer any need. (I'm allowed to dream, aren't I?)
The families who will be receiving the books are people who have left their home, often with nothing more than they can carry. They're struggling to put their lives back together, and they're stuck in a strange place for the holidays. So not only would autographed books make a wonderful Christmas gift, but as we all know, books offer an escape from a very stressful time.
Due to confidentiality issues, I don't have the names of the people staying at the shelter, so these shouldn't be personally inscribed. Your generic John Hancock would be perfect. (Some books may also be auctioned off by the shelter to try to raise money. As you can imagine, social services are in a pretty ugly financial situation these days.)
In the past, I've also received some used books. Those are welcome, and can go into the shelter's library.
If you're willing to donate a book (or books), please e-mail me at jchines42 -at- hotmail.com, and I'll send you my mailing address. I'll try to post a list of everyone who donated. (So not only will you get good karma, but I'll say nice things about you here on LJ! Please let me know if you prefer not to be listed.)
I hope nobody will feel pressured or guilty about this. I've had financially tight holidays myself, back before the writing made me all big and famous and wealthy. Or maybe there are other causes you'd rather give to. Or maybe you just don't feel like participating. Whatever the reason, that's okay. This is meant to be a guilt-free request.
If you feel like linking to this entry or passing it along to your friends, please feel free. It's much appreciated.
And if you have questions or comments, please let me know. I'll update the entry as needed with any info I forgot to include.