Donating Books

I have two purposes for this post.  The first is to thank giveaway hosts and to accept donations from any of you who would like to donate to a good cause.  The second is to share info on this very cool book that I won from Dawn at  She is Too Fond of Books.  This may be long because I’m in a rambling mood.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned New Clevelanders, a welcome group for ladies who move to the east side of Cleveland.  We’ve lived here almost 10 years now and I’ve been involved with New Clevelanders for 8 of those years.  The great thing about this social group is that they never kick you out 🙂  When you move without kids or a job it is very difficult to meet people so this group was essential to my mental health.  There are around 150 members right now and I’m in my fifth year on the board, my second year publishing the 8 page monthly newsletter.  It is mainly a place to make friends, so many of the activities are for fun, but once a year we have a British Tea at a country club where we drink tea, dine on some delicious food and raise money for a local charity.  Last year we raised over $11,000 for the Karen P Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation.  We mainly raise the money by silent auctions on many donated items.  I always donate a Mary Kay basket, but there are big ticket items like Cleveland Cavs tickets, Florida condos for a week, etc.

I have been blessed to win many books over the past few months from many of you awesome book bloggers.  I decided to keep only a few a donate the rest for a nice basket of books to be auctioned or raffled off for the British Tea.  This year we are raising money for Providence House, a crisis nursery offering emergency shelter to children.  So, I want to thank all of you who have randomly chosen me as the winner of your book giveaways 🙂 

Interested in New Clevelanders?  Click on over.  Do you have a new book that you’d like to donate to the cause?  Let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me and I’ll get you my address.  I have about 3 weeks before I need it done. 

Now on to my second book donation topic.  I won Give + Take from Dawn and there are were a few rules.  Concord Free Press published this book for free and they only ask that you donate to a charity in the amount of your choice.  Then you read the book and pass it on to someone who agrees to do the same.  I have made my donation to The City Mission on Cleveland that do amazing things for the homeless, the poor, the addicted.   I volunteered there a few years ago by sorting the donated clothes once a week and I have the greatest respect for the place.  So, I made my donation and logged it on the website.  Next week I plan to read the book and then pass it along.  If you would like to be the next person to read this book, make a donation, and pass it on, let me know. 

15 thoughts on “Donating Books

  1. Bumbles says:

    Very cool Stacy. Kinda like the Welcome Wagon – we moved so many times growing up – I always remember a nice lady or two stopping by our house whenever we arrived in our new home and were unpacking – introducing themselves, dropping off a packet of info. about the community, etc. My mom wasn’t exactly a social butterfly then or now, but I know she appreciated a friendly face when she didn’t know anyone.

    P.S. – What software or system do you use for the newsletter you create?

    • stacybuckeye says:

      It’s not exactly a welcome group. We don’t really solicit members and we aren’t affiliated with any other groups. But whatever we are is good 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    That sounds like a wonderful organization to be a part of, Stacy. I need to find out if there’s something like it in our little town (I have my doubts). I’ve lived here 10 years and still don’t feel like a part of the community, which was not the case at all when we lived in bigger places…Pittsburgh and Baton Rouge.

    Have fun with your auction!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      This was the first time I moved without a job and it made the transition difficult.
      If there isn’t any group like this you could always start one. Ours was started in the 70’s by a real estate agnet who saw the need.

  3. Margot says:

    Back in the sixties and seventies my husband was transferred several times and I always joined the Welcome Wagon groups. It was a wonderful way to make friends. One group taught me how to play bridge, which I loved.

    I have lost your address so, if you would send it to me again, I’ll send a couple of books your way.

    I know you are a very giving person but now I know you are a big giver. You give of yourself as well as things. I’m glad I know you.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Awww. Now you’re just making me blush 🙂

      I’ve learned how to play 5 deck canasta with this group and I love it!

      I’ll semd you my address. Thanks, Margot!

  4. Sarah E says:

    Hi Stacy– If it’s still available, I would love to be the next person to read Give + Take, make a donation, and pass the book on. I was fortunate to receive a copy of Concord Free Press’s last release, The Next Queen of Heaven, and really found I liked the experience of reading, donating, and passing the book on when I was through. I’d love to do it again!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      It’s yours. I read the first few chapters last night and really liked it. But I’ve got to do my War & Peace reading before I can let myself pick it up again 🙂
      I’m so happy you want to participate. I’ll mail it to you when I’m done.

  5. Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books says:

    Stacy – thanks so much for telling us about the New Clevelanders; what a great group to welcome new people to the area and to get involved in social causes (and socializing, of course!)

    And thanks, too, for spreading the word about Concord Free Press. I’m so glad to know that GIVE + TAKE will continue to travel and do good.

    I just cleaned my shelves for that #blob challenge, so I don’t have any new books to send for your auction, unfortunately. I hope it’s a great success!

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