Monday, February 29, 2016

Final Count

I know this is been slow coming but I have a final count on our donated books from the book drive this year. The total is approximately 730!! Thank you to all that helped us to reach our goal of 500. I will be delivering the books over the next few weeks to local hospitals.

Pictured: The books donated by those who sent fund to the Usborne fundraiser.

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On February 13th we donated approximately 115 books to Portnuef Medical Center in Pocatello.

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These girls are silly. We loved all the fun super hero wall stickers at Port. Med.

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Thank you to Stacy Egley and her boys for delivering books to the following hospitals:
Preston, Logan Regional and Cache Valley.
156 Books delivered between the 3 hospitals.
Thank you for to all those who donated books through my awesome Sister in Law Stacy!

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Drive 2016 Slow Start

We are having a slow start to our book drive this year. As of today we only have 24 books and a box of assorted toys and games donated from Barnes & Noble’s Orem Store. I also have $20 that has been donated to buy books and so far our Usborne Fundraiser is up to $50(which only has 4 days left).

I know we have a few people who have books for us that we haven’t picked up yet so that will deffinitely add to our numbers. On a general note we like to take at least 100 books to each hospital. We set a goal of 500 books this year just like last year but we need your help. We only have 10 days left until Gabriel’s 7th Birthday. Please help us get enough books to donate to a few hospitals.

These books are greatly appreciated. They are given directly to the nurses on the pediatric floors who then deliver them to their patients. I’ve heard many stories of a book being given and calming a freightened child or making a long stay more bearable. Books are not something most Hospitals receive in donations which makes our yearly donation that much more important.

Please remember all the options you have to donate, you can find them here:
How To Donate

Thank you for all your help in bringing joy to all the children who are able to benefit from this book drive. And thank you for helping us, The Saville Family be able to keep Gabriel’s memory alive by serving in his name.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 Book Drive

OK so I’ve struggled finding time to get things going this year so I apologize for not giving earlier notice. But we are excited to announce this is our 6th year doing the Books from Gabriel Book Drive.

Last year we set a goal for 500 books and exceeded it by 329 books. It’s always so exciting to receive so many generous donations. We are so grateful to all of you who participate in our book drive yearly. THANK YOU!!

We would like to set the same goal of 500 books this year but are happy to accept whatever we get. Please remember that because hospitals have a responsibility to keep infection away from their patients we can only accept NEW books. Please call Amy at 208-251-1362 if you have any questions or have books you’d like us to come pick up. You can drop books off to our home or mail them to us at:
2548 Delphinium Way
Saratoga Springs UT  84045

We need books for all ages. Pediatric floors have children from brand new babies to 18 year olds so any kind of book is welcome. Activity books like coloring books, puzzle books and etc. are also wonderful additions. In the last 2 years we’ve also donated some toys like Legos, games and baby toys. The hospitals we ecstatic to receive these generous donations.

We also have the option available to donate funds through PayPal here: http://www.booksfromgabriel.org/p/donations.html
Any funds donated here will be taken to local book stores to buy books to be donated.

Please share this information far and wide even if you can’t donate this year.
Thank you again.
Love The Saville Family

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2014/2015 Book Drive

I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get this post up. We just finished delivering our last set of books last week so now I will do a recap of all the deliveries for you all.

On January 29th 100 Books were delivered to Preston Idaho Hospital by my sweet sister in law and her boys. My nephew Kaleb helped get the books ready to deliver.

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On January 30th we were able to deliver 207 Books to Portnuef Medical in Pocatello Idaho. We had an amazing reception there from many of the nurses we grew to love as they cared for our Gabie. We were also able to deliver books to 2 sweet little babies while we were at the Hospital.

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On February 2nd we delivered 150 Books to American Fork Hospital.

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On February 18th we delivered 123 Books to Timpanogos Regional Hospital.

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On February 20th we delivered 124 Books to Utah Valley Regional Hospital.

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And on March 2nd we delivered 125 Books for Riverton Primary Children’s Wing.

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For our 2014/2015 Books From Gabriel Book Drive we donated 829 Books to 6 Hospitals. This was all made possible my all the wonderful people who helped us along the way by donating funds and so many books. We can’t thank you enough!!

To add a little story to this year’s book drive I’d like to tell you about Clayton. Clayton is my nephew and he and Gabe are buddies. When Gabie was here they were always buddies. They are only a few months apart in age, Clayton being a bit older. Clayton was born with Mowat Wilson’s Syndrome, a very rare Syndrome that has made his life more difficult than most little boys. He’s had several surgeries throughout his 6 years and he is always keeping his mom and dad on their toes.

This last week Clayton had a very large seizure. Seizure's are not uncommon for Clayton but this one was larger than most. He and his mom were Life Flighted from the Preston Hospital to the Portnuef Medical Center in Pocatello. Clayton was there for several days while he received the treatment he needed. During his stay he was getting a bit restless and bored one day and his mom asked his nurse if they had anything he could play with. She returned with a few toys and a book. She then proceeded to tell Stacy that a very sweet family donates books every year in memory of their son who passed away specifically for the patients. Stacy cried, when she composed herself she told the nurse (who didn’t know us and wasn’t one of Gabie’s nurses) that she was that little boy’s Aunt. The nurse said oh well then maybe you don’t want the book (I think maybe she was unsure how to react to Stacy’s comment). Stacy then said no we’d really like to keep that book. It is a book from Gabriel and Gabriel and Clayton are buddies. Clayton enjoyed the book throughout his stay. When Stacy sent me a photo of the book I saw something else interesting. The book that was given to Clayton was a book I specifically remember labeling. It was a book mailed to us from Gabriel’s Heart Recipient’s Great Grandma. So in my mind that book came from both Gabriel and Jack(Gabie’s Heart Recipient).

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This story is especially tender to our family but these are the kind of stories we’d love to hear from anyone who has ever received a Book From Gabriel during their stay at the Hospital.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Drive Update

We have received 251 books and $100 to buy books as of today. We are excited to have reached our 1/2 way mark on Books. We will wait until close to the deadline and then we will go and purchase as many books as we can with the donated funds. Thank you to all who support us in the honorable cause.

With Gabriel’s 6th Birthday coming up I thought I’d share a couple photos from his only birthday that he had with us.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Books Have Started Arriving!!

We've started receiving books!! We received 25 New books and $25 to put towards new books. We are now only 475(minus what we buy with the $25) books away from our goal of 500. Please keep them coming...
We have a special tree set aside for all the book donations. You'll notice the Lightening McQueen car hanging on the tree that is for Gabriel. Cars was his very favorite movie.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR DONATIONS!!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2014-2015 Books from Gabriel Book Drive

It’s that time of year again. We’re ready and excited to begin our Annual Books From Gabriel Book Drive. We have a few changes this year to announce for the Book Drive.

Last year we ran into problems donating the “Like New” books to the hospitals because they are concerned about infection. So to be able to continue donating books and follow the hospital guidelines we are only accepting “NEW” book donations. In an effort to make things easier on those who want to donate we will also be accepting Barnes and Noble Gift Cards and Deseret Book Gift Cards. We also have a PayPal account set up if you’re comfortable donating that way.

I have spoken to Barnes and Noble in Orem Utah and they said that if we remind them when we’re close to the end of the book drive they would love to donate new books to our drive. So in return for their support I’d love to send any business I can their way.

Book Drive Dates:
Starting Today 12/9/14
Ending 1/23/15

Books Needed: Anywhere from Baby Board Books to anything any 18 year old might enjoy. Educational books, game books and coloring or activity books are always fantastic as well.

OUR GOAL 500 Books!!

Gabriel’s Birthday is on January 26th so it’ll be our goal to get the books delivered within the couple weeks after that. We hope to have enough books to deliver 100+ to more than one hospitals pediatric floor. Because Gabriel passed away in Idaho we will donate to the Portnuef Medical Center in Pocatello and because we now live in Utah we would love to receive enough donations to donate to American Fork Hospital and Riverton Hospital.  If we have amazing support we will continue to donate to more local hospitals.

We greatly appreciate any and all support for this great cause. These books are valued by every hospital we are able to donate to. Books are not donated very often and even less now that the hospitals guidelines have changed and they can only accept new books.

This book drive means the world to our family. We love that we are able to do a service for the children and their families that are spending time in the hospital. Gabriel loved books and to be read to so this is a perfect memorial for us to remember him on his Birthday and I think he is proud every year that we’re able to do this in his name.

Please share this information far and wide and help us to make this a fantastic year. Thank You!

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Photo from December 2009. Gabriel’s 1st Christmas.

 

You can go here if you'd like to donate a Barnes and Noble Gift Card.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/gift-card/379003883

You can go here if you'd like to donate a Deseret Book Gift Card.
https://deseretbook.com/gift_cards

We can only accept "NEW" books this year so if you live in the area then you can drop a book or two or if you're not close you can mail them. The media rate mail option is the best for mailing books. And donation would be great even if it's just one book. That's one child that wouldn't have received a book before the book drive. Thank You!!