These awesome kiddos did an amazing job raising money for ECBC at the Arroyo Ripple Kids Fair this week! Their unicorn-themed goodies, handmade clay charm jewelry, light jars, and “stuff to squish” brought in over $600 — thank you for helping to bring books and reading to hospitalized kids in our community!
We just received a super awesome book donation!! Twins Amie and Aidan (from Irvine, CA) recently celebrated their 8th birthdays, and they asked for books to be donated to the hospital library that ECBC is building in lieu of gifts for themselves! We met this amazing family on Sunday when they gave us this large, super heavy box of books — 138 new, high-quality paperback and hardcover titles, mostly selected from our Amazon.com Wish List! This is definitely our most significant personal (non-institutional) donation yet! The family even used our logo to make their own ECBC book plates, personalized with the birthday kids’ names and signed by each party guest. Thank you so much Amie and Aidan for thinking of ECBC and for your generosity. We are so very honored!
Thank you Girl Scout Troop #3152 for teaming up with Ethan & Choco’s Book Club for your Bronze Award project!! This awesome troop is holding a book drive to benefit ECBC at Once Upon a Storybook this Sunday from 12:30-5:30. A portion of every book sale between these hours will go to ECBC if you mention Troop 3152 at checkout. Please come by to support the troop’s efforts, ECBC, and our wonderful local bookstore!!
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Click here to view the troop’s ECBC BookFair Flyer.
Click here to view the troop’s You Tube video.
How awesome is this?! A couple weeks ago, fifth graders at Tarbut V’Torah (TVT) organized a book drive at their school book fair, and the Lower School collected a total of 250 new, high-quality books for the library that we are building at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Afterwards, the school invited Ethan to their campus and presented him with the books in a very special school assembly. Afterwards, I sent a thank-you note to the school, and in return I received an amazing note from Laura Roth, the principal of TVT’s Lower School. Principal Roth’s note expressed TVT’s commitment to hold an annual book drive to benefit ECBC and CHOC. We are so excited to have our first Thrive Partner school (a commitment to ongoing annual support)! Thank you TVT! Click here to view Principal Roth’s letter: tarbut-ecbc-thrive-partner-letter
I am sharing this letter in hopes that TVT can hopefully inspire other Orange County schools to get on board and support ECBC’s efforts to build a library for Orange County’s hospitalized kids. Building and maintaining a hospital-based library has some unique demands that include significant built-in loss of books, so we will need to have ongoing support from a variety of sources to create a sustainable library. We’re hoping that Orange County schools can be one key source of support!
Please consider helping your school join Tarbut and become an ECBC Thrive Partner school! Here are four ways your school can help:
- Hold a new book drive at your school. Perhaps get your student leadership on board to organize a school-wide effort.
- Collect new books for ECBC as part of your school’s regular book fairs.
- Organize a book collection effort for ECBC through your school’s Scholastic Reading Club program.
- Collect needed items for Ethan’s Read+Think+Thrive Boxes, which will go to patients at CHOC who are in isolation and can’t borrow books from the Lending Library, as well as to kids battling cancer and life-threatening conditions across the country who have limited access to books. Contact ECBC at ECBC@maxloveproject.org to receive our R+T+T Box Needs List.
* Remember, per hospital policy, all books must be brand new.
Thank you again, TVT, for being our first ECBC Thrive School!
ECBC had an amazing day yesterday at SOCO and The OC Mix in Costa Mesa! We crafted books with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the MaxLove Project. Girl Scout Troop 3115, who is working on their Bronze Medal with ECBC, sold beautiful handmade ornaments and beanies to help fund Ethan’s Read+Think+Thrive Boxes. And with the help of Susie and Once Upon a Storybook, we collected many books for our library collection at CHOC Hospital. It was such a beautiful day in the courtyard at SOCO filled with lots of giving and love! Thank you everyone who participated for making this day a success. And thank you to our OC friends who came by — your support is always so appreciated!
Today Ethan visited Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School, where he attended their school-wide Shabbat assembly and was presented with 250 new books that the school collected for the library that Ethan & Choco’s Book Club is building for CHOC Children’s Hospital. We are so so grateful for the initiative of the 5th graders who organized the book drive as well as the entire Lower School’s tremendous support and donations!!! And thank you for the warm welcome this morning — from the sign and greeting in the parking lot to being presented with the books on stage and being passed the mic to speak to the school — Ethan loved it all! Thank you TVT and thank you Christine Caplis Gronerfor all your work to help make this happen!
We had such a great time at the Orange County Book Festival on Sunday! It was ECBC’s first time being at a public event (beyond our elementary school), and it was amazing to share what we are doing with other book-lovers and our broader Orange County community. We sold some merchandise and received some new book and cash donations, but more importantly we connected with a lot of people and spread awareness about our efforts to bring books to hospitalized kids! Ethan met numerous wonderful local authors who donated their own books, many of whom also expressed interest in being guest author readers at CHOC when we get things going there. Ethan had a blast presenting at the Storyteller’s Stage, where he shared his story and founding of ECBC with a captive audience of young readers and parents and then read aloud one of his favorite picture books. No shyness for this ambassador of reading — his only complaint was that he wanted a bigger stage and a bigger audience! And we were so excited to have a few girls from Girl Scout troop #3115 — who just joined forces with ECBC to help us collect books and other supplies for our new Read+Think+Thrive boxes (reading kits for kids battling cancer who can’t benefit from the hospital library because they are in isolation at CHOC or are at another hospital where they have limited access to books — more on this in another post!). Thank you, girls, for working so hard and collecting over 70 books for the reading kits! And, I think the best part of it all was watching Ethan sit front and center at the booth, proudly telling his story and sharing his cause to everyone who visited. I have no idea how he was able to do this tirelessly for 7 hours in the heat — a true sign of his tremendous commitment to this!
We thank Barry Ackerman (co-founder of the Book Festival) for helping get ECBC involved in this great event. And thank you also to Steve Murow for funding the booth space –we are so grateful for both of your support. Thank you also to Once Upon a Storybook for your ongoing support and collection of books for us through your fantastic customers. And of course thank you to our family and friends who came out in the heat to support us!!