I’m posting pictures from last weekend’s events out of order because I thought my NJ readers who bought books and made donations to benefit World Vision and Operation Smile would be happy to hear that their efforts were multiplied due to a matching grant from a corporate donor. Thanks to all of you for your generosity and help as we were able to buy an operation for one chid through Operation Smile, as well as 20 warm blankets for children after their surgery. Each child gets to take the warm fuzzy blanket home, too. Through World Vision we purchased a cow for a single mother to help her provide income and food for her children. I hope those of you who bought books and made donations approve.
The Crawford, NJ dinner was so incredible. Thirty of you joined me and I just loved the restaurant, the company, the food, the conversation, the kindness, the love…I honestly can’t say enough wonderful things about last weekend’s dinners as each and every one was special and I’m absolutely blown away by the amazing women I’ve gotten to know through my blog, the internet, reader emails, and these reader dinners. Thank you to all who took the time to join me in NJ!!
I am still hoping to do more for World Vision before Christmas. My goal was to see 10 children placed with sponsors and/or raise $1,000 to help families in need. I haven’t come close to meeting either goal and thought I’d extend the offer to all my readers. I will send a signed book and great JP reader goodies to you–or whomever you’d like–for a $10 donation. Send a check to me made out to WorldVision and I’ll pop Jane Porter goodies and the signed book of your choice in the mail to you in the next week. You could use these for Christmas presents for colleagues at work, or for teacher gifts, or that White Elephant gift exchange so many of us do, or for the family member who has everything. I promise to get the book out ASAP, too! If you’re interested, send me a private email, let me know what book(s) you’d like (you can order a number of books…I don’t mind!) and I’ll sign and get it all out super quick because the holidays are approaching and I so want to reach more who need a helping hand. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, I’d love your support. When we join together we can make such a difference!
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back soon with more photos and updates on books and life!
PS Midwest readers I’m booking my air today for my trip out your way!! I will be in Chicago, Detroit/Ann Arbor, Minneapolis/St Paul, Green Bay, Madison, Kenosha, and Roscoe, IL all in 8 days between April 29th and May 6th! I will be announcing the specific events and actual dates I’ll be in the above cities in the coming weeks but if you’re hoping to attend one of my reader events in one of the above cities, please shoot me a private email and I’ll add you to the invite list. You are always welcome to bring a friend or two, or family members, so keep an eye on my website for more info soon. And for those of you in book clubs–you’re invited to invite your entire book club to the reader dinner. I say the more the merrier!!