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.

Kaleb washing booksPreston Books (1)Preston Books (2)

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.

American Fork Delivery

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

Timpanogos Regional Delivery

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

UVR Delivery

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

Riverton PC Wing

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).


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.


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.

You can go here if you'd like to donate a Deseret Book Gift Card.

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!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Book Drive

We finished delivering all the books from this years book drive. Although we took it much slower this year with a lot less advertising we still managed to receive 631 books. Our goal was 500 this year, 100 books for each year Gabriel would be old. Without all our your help there is no way we could’ve accomplished this great service. So Thank You!!

The final number of books delivered and to which hospitals. 126 all NEW BOOKS to Portnuef Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, 100 Books to Riverton Hospital, 200 Books to American Fork Hospital, 100 Books to Timpanogos Hospital and 105 Books to Preston Idaho Hospital.

The below picture is a bit blurry but it was taken at the Riverton Hospital. We didn’t get pictures from the other Hospitals this year. Everyone is so busy we just got in and out.


I mentioned in an earlier post that next year we will only be accepting NEW BOOKS. Many hospitals can only take new books as donations because of the risk of infection. We have tried very hard to make sure all our donated books are cleaned but having new books is a better guarantee for no germs. So if you’d like to continue to help us with our book drive next year it may be a good idea to pick up a book here and there throughout the year so when next January comes you can donate a few books without worrying about buying a bunch all at once. That will be my plan so we can still donate to at least a few hospitals.

Thanks again so very much for all your amazing help. I will post any comments we receive from patients who receive one of our books. Those are my most favorite stories.

Friday, February 28, 2014

To Clarify

I just noticed that on every book we donated this year and probably last year as well says Gabriel’s Death year is 2012. That is incorrect and I’m not sure how that got past me. He died in 2010. I would’ve loved to have 2 more years with my sweet angel boy but that is not the case. So I just wanted to make a note of that to anyone who were to receive a book, come here and see that the dates differ. I hope we get some stories or comments from book recipients this year. I love hearing those stories so much.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First Book Delivery of 2014

On Friday 2/21/14 we drove to the Hospital in Pocatello and met with Anita Heany. A few days earlier when I had talked to Anita she had told me that the Hospital had a new policy that they could only accept new books. So maybe we should just wait until next year so we could prepare for that. Hearing that about crushed me. Since Gabriel was at Portnuef when he passed away and we have a relationship with those amazing nurses, that’s the most important place for me to donate books. So I sorted through all 500+ books again and found all the new books that had been donated(we actually had a lot this year). I found 126 new books to take to Pocatello. So anyway we met with Anita and visited a little bit took a few pictures, gave her several hugs and left the books in her hands. It always brings me so much joy to drop those books off. And they were so excited to accept them and so excited to give the books to just the right kids.

Portnuef Book Delivery 2014 (1)Portnuef Book Delivery 2014 (4)Portnuef Book Delivery 2014 (5)

We’re excited to get our other hospital’s contacted and books delivered to them. I hope they all haven’t implemented the new book policy this year so we can deliver all our books.

Please know that if you collect books for us next year we will only be accepting NEW BOOKS ONLY! Because the hospital policies have been changing to control infection they can’t accept Like New books so we won’t be collecting them anymore. So please start collecting your new books now so when next year comes around you’ll have a few new books to donate to our local hospitals. We are so thankful for all your help and the children & parents of those children who receive these books are even more thankful!