Tears, smiles and hugs.
Those were the primary reactions of people who received needed items to benefit their lives as part of The Bee's 25th annual Book of Dreams.
Reyna Limones, 19, expecting a child in January, was grateful and emotional after a bounty of baby supplies arrived at her residence.
Keith Cooper was thrilled to be able to communicate when he received his PenFriend, which he quickly used at a fast-food restaurant.
Loaves & Fishes' guests welcomed a new industrial-sized coffee pot with open arms. One guest, Mark Bell, was so moved that he wrote a poem about the gift.
All these wishes were fulfilled by Book of Dreams readers. From Nov. 23 to Monday, The Bee has shared with you 14 stories of good people in need, and we asked for your help. Despite the lean economic times, you have shown generosity again during the holiday season. To date, the Book of Dreams has raised $170,000 in donations. Readers can also donate online at www.sacbee.com/bookofdreams.
Contributions will be accepted until Jan. 13. All money raised will be used to fund the 14 dreams. Any remaining funds will go to nonprofit organizations that work with children and families. None of the money will be spent on administrative costs.
Anthony Sorci, assistant city editor