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Laugh to Live owner and author of the children‚??s book Wartz And All,‚?Ě Jeannine M. Luby of Scranton, is teaming with three organizations that serve children throughout northeastern Pa. to put a happy story into the hands of the children they serve. Luby‚??s new initiative seeks individuals and corporations who give, to purchase copies of ‚??Wartz And All‚?Ě to donate to the Children‚??s Advocacy Center: A Child Abuse Intervention Center; United Neighborhood Centers of Northeast PA and the Women‚??s Resource Center of NEPA. Each organization provides valuable services to children and their families and can benefit from the donation of books to their centers so the children they serve can own their own copy.
‚??The children we serve could benefit for a day, a year, a lifetime‚?Ľfrom good reading, especially, a happy book,‚?Ě said Mary Ann LaPorta, Executive Director of the Children‚??s Advocacy Center of NEPA.
Luby‚??s goal is to deliver several copies of ‚??Wartz And All,‚?Ě which is recommended for ages 4 to 8, to each of the three organizations so that children can leave the centers with their own book. She hopes that one day the children can even visit the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail that inspired the story and its setting.
While the initiative is being kicked off during the holidays, it will be an ongoing program. Luby said, ‚??We all dig a bit deeper to give more around the holidays, but the needs of these children don‚??t stop once the decorations are down. Children experience pain and upheaval in their lives throughout the year. While I don‚??t think a book will erase their pain, I do hope this happy story of a frog and his friends learning to accept one another, no matter their differences, will provide a lift at a time when these children need it most.‚?Ě
Books can be purchased at the Library Express in the Steamtown Mall Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Luby will be there with copies of her book and with information about the valuable services provided by each of the three organizations. Buyers of the book can donate anonymously or include a personal note with their book donation. Luby will deliver donated books to the three organizations in Scranton. Books can also be purchased anytime online at WartzAndAll.com.
A bit about the organizations receiving book donations:
‚?Ę Over 2,000 children per year enjoy programs that are part of the children and youth department of United Neighborhood Centers. Held at three childcare centers, UNC‚??s before and after-school programs give children a fun, active, enriching, supervised and safe environment 12 months a year, including teacher work days and vacation days.
‚?Ę The Children‚??s Advocacy Center/NEPA is a Child Abuse Intervention Center, which provides forensic interviews and medical assessments for child victims of suspected sexual and physical abuse and neglect. The Center also provides training and educational programs to all segments of the community in regard to recognizing, reporting and preventing child abuse.
‚?Ę The Women‚??s Resource Center WRC serves children through its Sexual Assault Intervention Program, Safe House and Transitional Housing.
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