2013 Book of DreamsLoading
  • Book of Dreams followup Friends-CARE Christmas party
    Alexandrea Brown, 6, shows her surprise as she receives a pink Razor scooter during the annual Friends-CARE Christmas party for families of incarcerated, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The Book of Dreams readers raised money to donate scooters and skateboards for the children. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams followup Friends-CARE Christmas party
    Tygan Mohr, 6, is all smiles as she comes from the audience to get a scooter as volunteers of Friends-CARE hand out presents at the annual Christmas party to families of incarcerated, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The Book of Dreams readers raised money to donate scooters and skateboards for the children. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams followup Friends-CARE Christmas party
    Pharaoh Loharsingh, 2, shows his excitement as he gets a skateboard as Friends-CARE hand out presents at the annual Christmas party of families of incarcerated, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The Book of Dreams readers raised money to donate scooters and skateboards for the children. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams followup Friends-CARE Christmas party
    Even though it's still wrapped in plastic, D'Ojanique Smith, 2, can't wait to ride the new skateboard given to her by volunteers of Friends-CARE at the annual Christmas party for families of incarcerated, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The Book of Dreams readers raised money to donate scooters and skateboards for the children. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams followup Friends-CARE Christmas party
    Iliana Martinez, 4, receives a skateboard as volunteers of Friends-CARE hand out presents at the annual Christmas party to families of incarcerated, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The Book of Dreams readers raised money to donate scooters and skateboards for the children. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams followup Friends-CARE Christmas party
    Yolanda Holmes wears a Christmas tree on her head at the annual Friends-CARE Christmas party for families of incarcerated, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The Book of Dreams readers raised money to donate scooters and skateboards for the children. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams wrapup
    Volunteers with Angels for Hearts unload gifts for young cardiac patients including a specialized wheelchair that looks like a race car at UC Davis hospital, Friday, December 13, 2013. Book of Dreams readers raised funds for 6 car-wheelchairs to go to the pediatric wards at Sutter Memorial, UC Davis Children's Hospital and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams wrapup
    Piling into the elevator at UC Davis Children's Hospital, Kimberly Kaufman, left, founder of Angels for Hearts along with helpers like Eric Goree, right, from Timberlake Medical Supply, distribute gifts including specialized wheelchairs that look like race cars, Friday, December 13, 2013. Book of Dreams readers raised funds for 6 race car wheelchairs to go to the pediatric wards at Sutter Memorial, UC Davis Children's Hospital and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Tina Godina
    Following her Native American spiritual beliefs, Tina Godina does a sage cleansing at her home in Del Paso Heights. Although she doesn't have much, Godina is always giving to others, including doing home blessings for others. The Book of Dreams has been asked to provide basic clothing, shoes, home goods and art supplies for Godina. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Tina Godina
    The table runner on her coffee table reads "home sweet home" as Tina Godina snuggles on her sofa with her dog, Chica, at her home in Del Paso Heights. Although she doesn't have much, Godina is always giving to others. The Book of Dreams has been asked to provide basic clothing, shoes, home goods and art supplies for Godina. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Alpha K9
    Kevin Cameron pets Dasko, his 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, who helps him as he suffers from severe PTSD on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The founder of Alpha K9, a nonprofit organization that train service dogs for veterans with PTSD, is asking Book of Dreams readers for supplies to build dog kennels.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Alpha K9
    Dasko, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, who helps his owner Kevin Cameron cope with effects of PTSD, plays with his favorite toy. Alpha K9, a nonprofit organization that train service dogs for veterans with PTSD, are asking Book of Dreams readers for supplies to build dog kennels.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Alpha K9
    Kevin Cameron looks over the area he's planning on building dog kennels to house the service dogs he will train for veterans who suffer from PTSD. His Belgian Malinois, Dasko sits at his side. He and his brother have started putting in the plumbing and are asking Book of Dreams readers for supplies to finish the dog kennels.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Shoes 4 Sacramento
    Christina Preston, right, founder of Shoes 4 Sacramento covers up a large pile of shoes in her backyard after checking to make sure they were staying dry under the tarp during a light rain, Nov. 20, 2013, with help from her program coordinator, April Munroe, left. The nonprofit organization that provides shoes for the homeless and other groups is asking Book of Dreams readers for a storage shed to house all the donated shoes. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Shoes 4 Sacramento
    Christina Preston, left, founder of Shoes 4 Sacramento goes through a pile of shoes of donated shoes in her Citrus Heights backyard after checking to make sure they were staying dry during a light rain, Nov. 20, 2013, with help from her program coordinator, April Munroe, right. The nonprofit organization that provides shoes for the homeless and other groups is asking Book of Dreams readers for a storage shed to house all the donated shoes. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Shoes 4 Sacramento
    Christina Preston, founder of Shoes 4 Sacramento goes through a box of shoes after checking to make sure they were staying dry under a large tarp in her backyard during a light rain, Nov. 20, 2013. The nonprofit organization that provides shoes for the homeless and other groups is asking Book of Dreams readers for a storage shed to house all the donated shoes. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Incarcerated
    Angela Murchison pushes her granddaughter Ky'Leah Washington, 2, on a bike in her front yard in Del Paso Heights on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The family will be among dozens of others at the annual Christmas party hosted by FRIENDS-CARE, a nonprofit organization providing services, educational workshops, support and resources to the at-risk children and families of the incarcerated. Book of Dreams has been asked to provide items such as skateboards, skates and scooters for children attending this year's Christmas party. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Incarcerated
    Angela Murchison is surrounded by her grandchildren in Del Paso Heights on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The family will be among dozens of others at the annual Christmas party hosted by FRIENDS-CARE, a nonprofit organization providing services, educational workshops, support and resources to the at-risk children and families of the incarcerated. Book of Dreams has been asked to provide items such as skateboards, skates and scooters for children attending this year's Christmas party. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Incarcerated
    Aaron Smith, 1, plays with a ball at his grandmother's home, Angela Murchison, in Del Paso Heights on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The family will be among dozens of others at the annual Christmas party hosted by FRIENDS-CARE, a nonprofit organization providing services, educational workshops, support and resources to the at-risk children and families of the incarcerated. Book of Dreams has been asked to provide items such as skateboards, skates and scooters for children attending this year's Christmas party. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Incarcerated
    Angela Murchison sits with her daughter Tiana Anderson, right and grandson, Antonio Smith, 3, in Del Paso Heights on Friday, November 29, 2013. The family will be among dozens of others at the annual Christmas party hosted by FRIENDS-CARE, a nonprofit organization providing services, educational workshops, support and resources to the at-risk children and families of the incarcerated. Book of Dreams has been asked to provide items such as skateboards, skates and scooters for children attending this year's Christmas party. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD ANGELS FOR HEARTS
    While recovering from open-heart surgery, Brianna Montelongo, 16, uses an iPad donated to Sutter Memorial Hospital by the local nonprofit, Angels for Hearts, as Nicole Wilson, a cardiac physician assistant shows her some cool apps, Nov. 18, 2013. The organization provides gifts to pediatric heart patients at area hospitals and is asking Book of Dreams readers for specialized wheelchairs that look like race cars to be donated to the pediatric cardiac units at Sutter Memorial, UC Davis Children's Hospital and Lucille Packard. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD ANGELS FOR HEARTS
    Brianna Montelongo, 16, rests in her room a day after her open-heart surgery, Nov. 18, 2013, at Sutter Memorial. Local non-profit Angels for Hearts, that provide gifts to pediatric heart patients at area is asking Book of Dreams readers for specialized wheelchairs that look like race cars to be donated to the pediatric cardiac units at Sutter Memorial, UC Davis Children's Hospital and Lucille Packard. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Angels for Hearts
    Landyn, left, and Londyn Brown, right, are taken for a walk down the hall at Sutter Memorial Hospital in a wagon like ones donated by the local nonprofit, Angels for Hearts, Nov. 18, 2013. The organization provides gifts to pediatric heart patients at area hospitals and is asking Book of Dreams readers for specialized wheelchairs that look like race cars to be donated to the pediatric cardiac units at Sutter Memorial, UC Davis Children's Hospital and Lucille Packard. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Wisdom Art
    With art hanging on the wall made from palm fronds and resembling a blue elephant head, Linda Tiefenthaler holds a basket she wove from pine needles in a weaving class at the Women's Wisdom Art, a low-cost community art program for women overcoming homelessness, violence, illness or abuse. They are asking Book of Dreams readers for a printer to make greeting cards from their artwork as well as art supplies. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Wisdom Art
    Mallory Knight uses a hair dryer to speed the drying process of her painting in a class at the Women's Wisdom Art, a low-cost community art program for women overcoming homelessness, violence, illness or abuse. They are asking Book of Dreams readers for a printer to make greeting cards from their artwork as well as art supplies. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Wisdom Art
    Paintbrushes and paint sit on a table as women make art in a painting class at the Women's Wisdom Art, a low-cost community art program for women overcoming homelessness, violence, illness or abuse. They are asking Book of Dreams readers for a printer to make greeting cards from their artwork as well as art supplies. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams Hope Inc
    Lisa Cook, tries on a knit hat given to her in a GLoven package from Homeless Program Effort or HOPE, Inc. containing a warm knit hat, a thermal pair of gloves, two bags of Cream of Wheat, protective lip balm and a Street Sheet, which lists local shelter at Capital City Seventh Day Adventist Church. HOPE, Inc. is asking Book of Dreams readers to help purchase 1,500 hats and gloves to help homeless people keep warm this winter. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams Hope Inc
    William Young, who is homeless, checks out a pair of thermal gloves given to him in a GLoven package from Homeless Program Effort or HOPE, Inc. containing a warm knit hat, a pair of thermal gloves, two bags of Cream of Wheat, protective lip balm and a Street Sheet, which lists local shelters. "These are exactly what I was looking for," said Young. "I'm gonna be warm now!" HOPE, Inc. is asking Book of Dreams readers to help purchase 1,500 hats and gloves to help homeless people keep warm this winter. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams Hope Inc
    Lisa Cook, left, and Joseph Pronnette both homeless, receive a GLoven package from Homeless Program Effort or HOPE, Inc. containing a warm knit hat, a thermal pair of gloves, two bags of Cream of Wheat, protective lip balm and a Street Sheet, which lists local shelters. The two pack up after finishing a holiday meal at Capital City Seventh Day Adventist Church. HOPE, Inc. is asking Book of Dreams readers to help purchase 1,500 hats and gloves to help homeless people keep warm this winter. Read story here. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Senior Safe House
    John, a guest at the Volunteers of America Sacramento Senior Safe House, a shelter for neglected and abused seniors, sits on the bed in his room. The shelter is asking Book of Dreams Readers for a dishwasher and other household items. Read more about the Senior Safe House. Make a donation.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Senior Safe House
    A guest walks down the hallway from her room at the Volunteers of America Sacramento Senior Safe House, an emergency shelter for seniors who have been abused or neglected. The shelter is asking Book of Dreams readers for a new dishwasher and other household items. Read more about the Senior Safe House. Make a donation.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Senior Safe House
    Ana Bernal, a staff member with the Volunteers of America Senior Safe House, washes dishes by hand next to the broken dishwasher with a sign taped to it instructing staff not to use it. The shelter for abused and neglected seniors is asking Book of Dreams readers for a new dishwasher and other household items. Read more about the Senior Safe House. Make a donation.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD UCP music therapy
    Gary, a participant at United Cerebral Palsey of Sacramento and Northern California's Adult Day Program, grins in excitement while banging cymbals during a music therapy session by Ned Hammad, at the Aero Haven School in North Highlands. November 1, 2013. UCP is asking Book of Dreams readers for various musical instruments for their music program. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here. Read the story.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD UCP music project
    Ned Hammad strums chords on his guitar while making up lyrics with words provided by the participants of the United Cerebral Palsey Adult Day Program's Music Project. UCP is asking Book of Dreams readers for various musical instruments for the music program. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here. Read the story.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD UCP music therapy
    A participant at United Cerebral Palsey of Sacramento and Northern California's Adult Day Program, listens to the guitar playing by music therapist, Ned Hammad, in a music program at the Aero Haven School in North Highlands. November 1, 2013. UCP is asking Book of Dreams readers for various musical instruments for their music program. To contribute to The Book of Dreams, click here. Read the story.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Book of Dreams, Spidell Family
    Nesha Spidell, 19, cradles her little sister, Khya Polk-Thompson, 2, near the front door while waiting for her mom to come inside, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Khya was born with a brain malformation incompatible with life and her mother was told she wouldn't survive past birth. Khya lived for 2 years but passed away last Friday, Nov. 22. Because of her journey, helping to care for her little sister, Nesha wants to become a nurse. The family is asking Book of Dreams readers for 3 laptops. Read the story. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Spidell Family, Khya
    Myesha Spidell, 16, does her homework at the family table in South Sacramento, Friday, Nov 15, 2013. The family is asking Book of Dreams readers for 3 laptops for the family. Read the story. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Spidell Family
    Stephanie Spidell locks Khya into her carseat as her sister Nesha, 19, kisses her forehead, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Khya was born with a brain malformation incompatible with life and her mother was told she wouldn't survive past birth. Khya lived for 2 years but passed away last Friday, Nov. 22. The family is asking Book of Dreams readers for 3 laptops. Read the story. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Page Turner
    Priscilla Wong, 22, reads from her bed as she waits patiently for her mom to turn the pages of her book, Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Priscilla was born with nemaline rod myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy and has no use of her arms or legs. She is an avid reader and recently graduated from UC Davis. Her family is asking Book of Dreams readers for an automatic page turner. She frequently reads in bed at night and currently requires a family member or an attendant to turn her pages. Read more of Priscilla's story here. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Page Turner
    Priscilla Wong, 22, reads from her bed as her mom, Lisa Gutierrez, sits with her turning the pages of her book, Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Priscilla was born with nemaline rod myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy and has no use of her arms or legs. She is an avid reader and recently graduated from UC Davis. Her family is asking Book of Dreams readers for an automatic page turner. She frequently reads in bed at night and currently requires a family member or an attendant to turn her pages. Read more of Priscilla's story here. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • BOD Wellness Within
    Susan Whitaker, left, a yoga instructor with Wellness Within leads a class in yoga as Suzi Rupp, right, follows along, Wednesday, November 5, 2013. Wellness Within is a mind-body wellness center for cancer patients and they're asking Book of Dreams readers for supplies for a photography class, drums for meditative sessions, and food for nutrition classes. Read more about Wellness Within here. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Family Promise
    Regina Hatchett, left, lies down a blanket to put her 2-month-old baby, Deonte Texada Jr., to bed, Nov. 18, 2013, on mattresses set up on the floor in a meeting room inside Trinity Cathedral in midtown, one of the churches who provide shelter to the families in the Family Promise of Sacramento program. Family Promise is asking Book of Dreams readers for 14 new rollaway beds and bedding. Read more about Family Promise of Sacramento here. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Family Promise
    Da-nayah Texada, 4, kisses her 2-month-old baby brother, Deonte Texada Jr., while dad, Deonte Texada Sr. watches, Nov 18, 2013, before going to bed on mattresses set up on the floor in a meeting room inside Trinity Cathedral in midtown, one of the churches who provide shelter to the families in the Family Promise of Sacramento program. Family Promise is asking Book of Dreams readers for 14 new rollaway beds and bedding. Read more about Family Promise of Sacramento here. Make a donation to the Book of Dreams.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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