Book of Dreams

Book of Dreams: The Bee’s annual holiday effort helps people in need

Erika Craycraft, left, falls asleep holding her 9-month-old baby, Amare Abdullah, as her boyfriend Rashad Abdullah reads to their 2-year-old daughter, Zaylani Abdullah, while winding down for the night at Next Move’s family shelter for families experiencing homelessness, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. The shelter is asking Book of Dreams readers for pajamas, socks and underwear for the children staying at their family shelter.
Erika Craycraft, left, falls asleep holding her 9-month-old baby, Amare Abdullah, as her boyfriend Rashad Abdullah reads to their 2-year-old daughter, Zaylani Abdullah, while winding down for the night at Next Move’s family shelter for families experiencing homelessness, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. The shelter is asking Book of Dreams readers for pajamas, socks and underwear for the children staying at their family shelter. lsterling@sacbee.com

Her dad won’t be there to walk her down the aisle when Melissa Oliver marries high school sweetheart Ryan Storz next October. Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver will have been gone almost two years, one of two officers killed in a violent crime spree across the Sacramento region.

Since her father’s death, Oliver went back to school to become a grief counselor. Money is tight, so Oliver’s cousin asked for help from The Bee’s Book of Dreams to pay for part of the wedding: bridal gown, groom’s suit and a wedding cake.

Readers have brought joy to people throughout this region for almost 30 years through The Bee’s Book of Dreams. Each year during the holidays we publish stories of nonprofits and people in need. Last year, Bee readers donated more than $180,000 to fund dreams we published, as well as 33 additional dreams of nonprofits including the American Red Cross, River City Food Bank, The Gathering Inn, and Weave.

This year’s dreams include new pajamas, socks and underwear for children served by Next Move’s Family Shelter in Oak Park. They include new aprons and uniform T-shirts for My Sister’s Café, a nonprofit that works with battered women to teach them job skills, confidence and self-worth.

And they include Oliver’s dream for her wedding. Look for our stories, beginning today and continuing through Christmas. All donations will fund the dreams; The Bee will pay for administrative costs and report the amount raised. Thank you for your kind and generous support.

Joyce Terhaar, Executive Editor

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