BENEFITING: VIRGINIA MASON FOUNDATION
Bee is for Books is turning TWO! This year he is working with Bailey Boushay to help build a new Family Lounge space, perfect for reading together. He selected the Bee Race Wall Activity area as the goal (can you guess why?) and hope to throw in some bee-related books as well.
#BeeisforBooks – instilling right (pint)-sized philanthropy in children
The What: Bee is for Books is about ensuring that all children have books of their own and removing a barrier to the critical adult child interaction of reading aloud and together.
The Who: Families of the Bailey Boushay House in Seattle, part of VIrginia Mason Health System.
The More Why: Philanthropy, community, empathy, awareness, loving kindness and just being a good human being are only a few of the many many attributes we want to cultivate in our young family, now more than ever. Research shows [link to prove it!] that involving your children in charitable activities is key to lifelong community support.
I use community loosely in that there are some many different 'communities' we are a part of: neighborhood, cultural, hobby, professional, demographic, social, special interest... on and on. But even without a robust study to test hypothesis, we have known from before our little Bee was part of our life that philanthropy was an important part of our family.
Guess what? We aren't uber rich major donors, nor logging in 20 hours a week at a soup kitchen - but we are involved in causes that resonate with us, giving of time, goods and financial support. Sure we could do more but we could do less and there is no perfect level, it is what is meaningful for you at that time, for that particular cause. Including our toddler is the next step for us and fits right in with wanting to build our family more around experiences and less around things, but also teaching important life lessons.
I don't have all the answers right now (or likely ever) for the hard WHY questions Bee will ask as he grows up (why do some children in the world not get to go to school/does that man sleep in the van on our the street/would someone give up their pet/do some kids get a special meal at school/why ....) BUT I know that sharing and learning and discovering together overtime will ease this.
The Fine Print
- The 'campaign' runs through December 31.
- Total campaign matching donation will be up to $500 (he is just a toddler)
- This year I am excited to have my fundraiser connected directly to Bailey Boushay House, a 501c3, so that your support is now tax deductible.