Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Back this Thanksgiving:
Books for Teens

As I wandered the writing boards this week, I discovered writer, Emily Murdoch. A few days ago, she posted her how she got her agent story. Many writers would gush - myself included - about this fantastic news and deserve to do so, but Emily decided to share her blog space with another, Taylor Hendrix. First, I'd like to offer Emily a big congratulations.
In honor of Emily's gracious nature, I'd also like to share Taylor's story with you and ask for your support. In 2005, eleven year old Taylor was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma,  a bone Cancer, in her right shoulder and upper arm. Having undergone extensive chemotherapy treatments, surgeries, and hospital stays, she continues to fight her battle with cancer. For the past two years, she's had to stay in the hospital over the holidays.

Yet, this extraordinary young woman, despite pain and illness, thinks of others' needs before her own. Every year at Christmas time, she fills backpacks full of presents for the teens at the Children's hospital. Many times, the teens often get left out since the presents that are brought are geared for younger children. Taylor saw this need and acted upon it, filling 30 backpacks last year. She wants to break that record for 2011 and she needs your help.
I know the community of writers and readers to be the most generous and supportive group that I've ever had the privilege to know. So, I'm calling on all of you to please donate what you can to this worthy cause. If you have some YA books that you can part with, please send them to Taylor. If you can spare a few dollars, or want to donate something for the backpacks, please send them to...

Taylor Hendrix
Christmas Project
1511 Hermitage Drive
Florence, Al 35630

Find out more about how you can help HERE. You can also donate directly HERE. And read more about Taylor's story HERE.

Thank you so much to Emily for sharing this wonderful cause with us. And THANK YOU, readers, for your continuing support. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Wow, what an amazing inspiring story. What a remarkable young woman! Thank you for sharing, Tina. Great cause!
    And congratulations to Emily!

  2. Tina, you are AWESOME. : )

    I get shy, and tried to do the cause justice, but your post really nailed it. (Perfect post! What Tina said!)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! And thanks for the congratulations. I was reminded through a recent Caringbridge post that Taylor's Christmas Project was rolling around again. I love my agent, love to write, but this Christmas Project is bigger, to me.

    I thought I could use the agent news to get the word out to more people, especially writers. Yay!

    Anyway, you made my day. *Thank you* for a great post and for bringing more attention to Taylor's Christmas Project! I'll link to your post in mine, since the extra information you provide is *perfect*.

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! : )


  3. YelenaC,

    Aww, thank you for the congratulations. Very kind of you.: )

    I may have even more good news sooner than I expected. Waiting to hear, fingers crossed!


  4. Thank you for the links. Truly a wonderful idea and a thoughtful project.

  5. Congratulations to Emily and the very best of luck to Taylor in her recovery and campaign. Emily is amazing to help support such a wonderful cause.

  6. Thanks, everyone. Waving at Heather! : )

    Life's too short not to try to make it better for others.

    I posted it on my blog, but I sold my novel! And a portion of the proceeds will benefit Taylor's Christmas Project.

    You can check it out on Goodreads: The Patron Saint Of Beans.