Sometimes the needs are simple and basic, such as a bed for a child or parent. Sometimes they are more specialized, like the request for an electronic “page turner” that would allow Priscilla Wong to read a book by herself despite her physical limitations.

Whatever the need, The Bee’s annual Book of Dreams allows all of you to help those in need in our community during this holiday season. Last year the Book of Dreams raised more than $192,000, allowing us to fund every dream published, along with 25 additional wishes submitted during the year.

This year, Family Promise wishes it could buy 14 rollaway beds and bedding to transport among churches committed to providing housing and support to homeless families so parents and children can stay together. Wellness Within, which supports cancer patients and their families, wishes for funding to buy healthy food and supplies for its art, writing, meditation and other programs.

For more than a quarter-century our readers have generously supported such programs. This season we hope to top last year’s achievement, funding all dreams and 26 more community wishes. As always, all funds will be donated and The Bee will absorb administrative costs.

Look for our stories now through Christmas. And, once again, thank you for your continued openhearted support.

– Joyce Terhaar, Executive Editor