Two-year-old Zaylani Abdullah wears new penguin-printed footie pajamas, replacing her kitty cat Halloween costume she previously wore to bed. Her siblings also welcome new nightwear. Thanks to the generosity of Book of Dreams readers, an additional 70 homeless children at Next Move’s Family Shelter in Oak Park received a package of comfortable pajamas, underwear and socks this holiday season.
Also comforting is the gift of music that keeps clients moving and crooning at the nonprofit Health For All’s Meadowview Clinic. Serving low-income and disabled adults, the clinic features a new karaoke machine that is an important part of a day care program that consists of a variety of physical and arts-based activities. An assortment of craft supplies was also made possible by the contributions of readers.
From Nov. 25 to Dec. 17, 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 raised more than $117,000 and generated hundreds of donations. Readers can continue to donate using the form on Page 6A or online at www.sacbee.com/bookofdreams.
Contributions will be accepted until Jan. 15. All money raised will be used to fund the 12 dreams. Any remaining funds are used to support charitable nonprofit organizations with a 501c3 designation. None of the money will be spent on administrative costs.
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Anthony Sorci, assistant city editor