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The Sacramento Bee’s annual Book of Dreams seeks community nominees

Macy Coad, 5, hugs her thermal bear, that she’s named “Princess Plums.” Macy has Juvenile arthritis and must take a large amount of medication and weekly shots to keep it under control. Book of Dreams readers are asked to donate money to buy backpacks that the local Arthritis Foundation will give to children afflicted with Juvenile arthritis. The backpacks contain educational material and special thermal bears which are stuffed animals that heat up in the microwave and help ease the pain for children.
Macy Coad, 5, hugs her thermal bear, that she’s named “Princess Plums.” Macy has Juvenile arthritis and must take a large amount of medication and weekly shots to keep it under control. Book of Dreams readers are asked to donate money to buy backpacks that the local Arthritis Foundation will give to children afflicted with Juvenile arthritis. The backpacks contain educational material and special thermal bears which are stuffed animals that heat up in the microwave and help ease the pain for children. apayne@sacbee.com

For more than a quarter-century, The Sacramento Bee has invited the community to help those less fortunate during the holiday season. In 2014, the community responded with $180,000 in donations. Because of readers’ generosity, 30 more dreams were fulfilled.

As we begin our 28th year of focusing on those who often are overlooked, we are asking for nominations for this year’s effort. And although the Book of Dreams does not approve requests for housing, cars or trips, no dream is too large or too small if it helps make a difference in someone’s life. To nominate an individual, family or nonprofit organization, please go to www.sacbee.com/bookofdreams.

Nominations are due by Oct. 8. Finalists will be notified in late October and if chosen by The Bee, nominees must be willing to be featured in a story and photographed for the Book of Dreams. Call (916) 556-5667, to request a nomination form or ask questions.

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