MODESTO — Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Every year at this time we ask you, our readers, to open your hearts and your wallets for A Book of Dreams.
And every year, in good times and in bad, you have responded. This year, as of early afternoon Friday, we had brought in $61,164. If a few more donations trickled in Friday afternoon the final day to donate we will have surpassed 2012s $62,269.54, which set a record for the drive, which raises money for the needy in our community.
Even if we dont manage to surpass last years tally, thats still an impressive showing, especially considering that with a later than usual Thanksgiving, we had one less week in which to promote the effort.
Your donations will be distributed next month by our Book of Dreams partner, the Stanislaus Community Foundation. The money will help Advancing Vibrant Communities supply home safety equipment for people who need it but cant afford it. It will provide a voice for children going through the court system through Court Appointed Special Advocates of Stanislaus County. And it will assist young people who have aged out of the foster care system to find a brighter future through the Center for Human Services Pathways program.
This is the 24th year we have produced A Book of Dreams. And in each of those 24 years, we have found ourselves inspired by the generosity of the community we serve. We will be back again to ask for help in Year 25.
But in the meantime, once again, thank you.