I am co-chairing a refugee resettlement project at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Montclair, New Jersey and am spearheading the fundraising effort.
Other churches have told us we need to raise at least $10,000 to help a family in their first year of life in the United States. In two weeks time, we have reached 50% of our financial goal thanks to the generosity of parishioners, volunteers, friends and family. We’ve still got a long way to go.
In the spirit of this refugee resettlement effort, I will donate any proceeds this summer from the sale of my books to this fundraising effort. From the Abuelas’ Window and If I Could Paint the Moon Black tell stories of refugees from war torn countries who made their way to the United States.
A family escapes from Chile’s military dictatorship in 1973 in From the Abuelas’ Window.
In If I Could Paint the Moon Black a young girl and her mother escape the Soviet takeover of Estonia during World War II.
Both are historically accurate and appropriate for children (age 10) through adult. Both were written to encourage us to be compassionate to those born in places of struggle and to feel grateful for our basic freedoms.
Again, please share the campaign with your loved ones and perhaps consider giving the books as gifts to help increase understanding of the importance of this project and others like it.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our resettlement effort.
Peace and Blessings,
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