The Bee has shared with you 12 stories of good people in need. Your response during the annual holiday charity drive was again uplifting. To date, the Book of Dreams has raised more than $130,000 and generated hundreds of donations
It was a special sort of Christmas parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus were there, of course, but most of the cars in the long lineup traversing Placer County one recent morning were police and sheriff vehicles, their emergency lights flashing.
It seemed like just another ordinary school day. But then, in an instant, the mundane turned magical when a group of kids from Serna Village were granted a very special Christmas wish – their own bicycles.
Book of Dreams: To encourage fitness and nutrition as weapons against diabetes, hypertension and other health problems in the African-American community, leaders of the group The Links have launched a healthy eating and exercise program.
An “angel” whose massage helps a veteran suffering from Parkinson’s disease relax. Technology that helps a bright young woman with cerebral palsy speak. A greenhouse to help those with serious mental illness learn new job skills.
Imagine being thirsty but unable to reach for a glass for water – or even ask for one. Imagine feeling an emotion – love, anger, sorrow, gratitude – but being unable to express it to a friend, parent, doctor, store clerk or stranger on the street. Such are the boundaries of life for Gabriela Gonzalez.
David Lewis has schizoaffective disorder, which causes paranoia, delusions and other difficult symptoms. Although medication helps him manage the condition, holding a steady job has been a lifelong challenge.
For more than 25 years, The Sacramento Bee's Book of Dreams has helped people and organizations in our community realize their dreams. Their needs can be as simple as a pair of shoes for someone who is homeless; holiday baskets for low-income families or a shiny, new bike for a child. Whatever the dream, you can help by making a donation today.
All donations are tax deductible and none of the money received will be used for administrative costs. The Book of Dreams fund is administered by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. If you donate online, the Region Foundation will appear on your statement.
If you have additional questions, please call the Book of Dreams line at 916-556-5667. Donations will be accepted through January 16, 2015.
* To claim a tax deduction for 2014, all donations must be postmarked by December 31, 2014. All contributions are tax-deductible and none of the money received will be spent on administrative costs. Partial contributions are welcome on any item. In cases where more money is received than requested for a given need, the excess will be applied to meeting the unfulﬁlled needs in this Book of Dreams. Funds donated in excess of needs listed in this book will fulﬁll wishes received but not published and will be donated to social service agencies beneﬁting children at risk. The Sacramento Bee has veriﬁed the accuracy of the facts in each of these cases and we believe them to be bona ﬁde cases of need. However, The Sacramento Bee makes no claim, implied or otherwise, concerning their validity beyond the statement of these facts.