Book of Dreams

Making dreams into reality

Monica Martinez-Pleinis, left, and Michelle Paisley Reed are touch therapists with Healing Hands, Healing Hearts. It’s a nonprofit organization that brings touch therapy to those chronic and critical conditions.
Monica Martinez-Pleinis, left, and Michelle Paisley Reed are touch therapists with Healing Hands, Healing Hearts. It’s a nonprofit organization that brings touch therapy to those chronic and critical conditions. lsterling@sacbee.com

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.

Those are just some of the needs we’ll tell you about in our annual Book of Dreams coverage. Each year The Bee features nonprofits and people in need throughout the Sacramento region. Last year Bee readers donated $250,000 – the most ever – to fund each dream and an additional 30 from nonprofits including River City Food Bank, The Gathering Inn, Red Cross, Loaves & Fishes and more.

Your generosity pays for dreams like this one from Gabriela Gonzalez: the 23-year-old with cerebral palsy needs a device called a DynaVox T15 to be able to speak. The Communication Technology Education Center is asking Book of Dreams to buy speech-generating devices and supportive equipment so it can help her and others.

Or this dream: Healing Hands, Healing Hearts is hoping for massage tables and other equipment so it can come to the aid of people like Donald Sanderson, a veteran and rancher who at 87 is bedridden with Parkinson’s. The healing massage from Helping Hands allows him to find peace and sleep.

The dream from Farm to Mouth is for a greenhouse that would expand its efforts to help people like David Lewis, who suffers from mental illness, obtain job skills, in this case by doing farm work and interacting with colleagues.

Look for our stories now through Christmas. All donations will fund the dreams and The Bee will absorb administrative costs. Thank you for your continued generous support.

Joyce Terhaar, Executive Editor

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