Another great day at CHOC reading aloud and gifting holiday stories to oncology and neurology patients! We also delivered Hanukkah books and treats to CHOC’s Meditation and Prayer Center to add to their nightly Hanukkah celebration! May you read some favorite holiday stories this season and create cherished holiday stories of your own!
ECBC had a BLAST yesterday hosting our 3rd annual BOO-KS for Treats at CHOC’s Halloween event! We gave away approximately 400 new high-quality Halloween-themed books to patients and their siblings who trick-or-treated at the hospital, and we then delivered another 100 Halloween books to CHOC’s Outpatient Infusion Center. This is a favorite event for ECBC — it’s so fun to be behind the thrill that kiddos (and their parents) express when coming up on our booth and realizing they get to pick out a wonderful book or two (or five!) to add to their stash of candy and trinkets!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Halloween book drive leading up to BOO-KS for Treats — which requires a large number of specific titles to be collected quite quickly! A huge thank you to the National League of Young Men Yorba Linda (Class of 2023) for the amazing collection of books that you donated for this event, and also for creating BOO-KS for Treats bookmarks and writing personal notes to patients — we handed these out with the books and they were a great addition to our booth! Thank you also to Arroyo families for purchasing Halloween books to donate at the Scholastic Book Fair as well as to Sharon and Tod Paris, Nick and Pat Kliebert, the Stubblefield family, Christine Russell, and Susie Alexander for their significant book donations. And, thank you to all other donors who sent books from our Amazon Wish list or dropped a book in ECBC’s book box. We so appreciate our community’s support in making this event happen!
ECBC had a fun and productive Thursday this week, getting books and reading to three different areas of CHOC! ECBC teamed up with MaxLove Project’s BeSuper Party for our monthly Super Book Give-Away in the hospital lobby, where we gave away books to patients and siblings of all ages. Next, we delivered books to the Outpatient Infusion Center, re-stocking their shelves with 150 new books. Finally, ECBC’s expert Bedside Readers read aloud to the Oncology and Neurology and patients on the 5th floor while also giving away books to patients in isolation using our mobile book cart. So fun to reach so many patients at CHOC today!
ECBC is so excited to have Mary Kay Viscounty (reading intervention teacher in Tustin Unified School District) join our team of Bedside Readers at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Our crew of expert readers (all educators, reading/literary specialists, and psychologists) is growing, and we’re reaching more kids! Hoping to expand soon to other patient floors beyond oncology and neurology.
Please check out Ethan’s newest post on his rhyming book review blog and consider donating one of his favorite series for patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital! CLICK HERE to check it out!
Here’s Ethan’s June 2017 Title Talk (#6), the list of books he hopes will be donated to ECBC in the month of June! Please donate hardcover (for the permanent Lending Library) or paperback (for the Gifting Library for kids in isolation) versions of these books, or any new book, from ECBC’s Amazon Wish List and help us build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Books will be sent directly to ECBC. The link to the wish list is: https://amzn.com/w/BLD7UEVPPPO
In this video, Ethan also thanks all of our May book donors, including several Arroyo teachers whose classes donated books through the Scholastic Book Order program — a great way for schools to support a local cause! Ethan also thanks our awesome local bookstore,Once Upon a Storybook for their ongoing monthly donations (from loyal customers as well as from the store itself). Thank you so much to our donors for continuing to keep the book donations coming!
This week, ECBC and Girl Scout Troop #3115 (a small troop of just six 5th graders in Orange, CA) had our first mini packaging day of Ethan’s Read + Think +Thrive (RTT) Boxes. RTT boxes are reading kits filled with ten new books curated by age and gender of child, as well as a toolbox of art supplies and an invitation for kids to participate in Ethan’s Read+Think+Thrive Challenge (a nudge to do a little thinking about a book in the box by responding with artwork or writing). These boxes will be gifted to kids in isolation at CHOC Hospital (since isolated patients won’t be able to borrow books from the Lending Library), and we also plan to send them to kids who are battling cancer and other life-threatening conditions in hospitals around the country.
At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Troop #3115 teamed up with ECBC to work on their Bronze Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. When we met this troop, the RTT boxes were a recently conceived idea of Ethan’s and in the “it would be so cool if” phase, and we had sent out just one box to a Leukemia Warrior who had just received a bone marrow transplant in San Francisco. This troop liked the idea of the reading kits, and they wanted to help us start this program. They joined ECBC at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival last September and collected more than 100 new books from authors and publishers. They also made beautiful ornaments and beanies, which they sold at our holiday book drive at SOCO and the OC Mix in December. We purchased the art supplies with the proceeds of the girls’ sales, and together we had enough books and supplies to create 10 Read+Think+Thrive Boxes. We then wrote “RTT Box decorating guidelines”, and the girls did a beautiful job decorating the sides and top flaps of the ten boxes. And then the girls joined Ethan for a packaging day, where they stamped the 100 books and wrote in donor names, sorted and packed the boxes with the books and supplies, and completed a “Thrive Buddy” reading response activity to be included in each RTT Box and hopefully inspire recipients to do a response too.
We so appreciate this troop’s hard work, and we’re super excited to have our first ten awesome reading kits ready to be given to hospitalized kids who have limited access to books! We’re also excited that this troop has decided to keep working with ECBC over the next school year to build our RTT Box program and help get more girl scout troops and other youth groups involved. Thank you Troop #3115 for your hard work and commitment to ECBC! If your youth group is interested in getting involved and supporting ECBC, either as a single event or as an ongoing partnership, please email us at ECBC@maxloveproject.org.
Here are some more photos from Troop #3115’s RTT Box packaging day this week:
Here’s Ethan’s Book Look #344, Where’s My Tushy? (by Deborah Aronson). If you’re interested in donating books and helping to build a library at CHOC Children’s Hospital, you can click here to access ECBC’s Wish List on Amazon.com. Items purchased from this list will be sent directly to Ethan & Choco’s Book Club.
Friends and Family – September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Please support Ethan this month by SHARING this message on social media to help us spread the word about Ethan’s efforts to build a library and read aloud program at CHOC Children’s Hospital. If you want to support Ethan & Choco’s Book Club directly, please CLICK HERE to check out this page and the various ways that you can help!
Also, please support the MaxLove Project by tagging #HonestLovesMax in all of your Facebook posts this month (The Honest Company will donate $1 for each use of the hashtag)!