Sunday, December 9, 2012

Our First Books of the Drive…

So tonight I sat down and counted the books that we have here so far. We’ve got a good start with 159 books in my front room. The drive usually starts out slow and our biggest donators have always been the elementary schools that help us out. We are so thankful for those who donate books in any number they are all appreciated and loved.

Last week I was so excited when a family contacted me and said their Grandson would like to help with the book drive for his Eagle Scout project I would love for him to be able to do that. He’s looking into it to see if the BSA will approve it. This same family said that they’re Granddaughter spent some time in Primary Children's Medical Center and her mother said that the hospitals are definitely in need of donated books, which makes me want our book drive this year to really succeed beyond what we believe it can.

Thank you again for all your support and keep the books coming!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Deseret News

Today I was interviewed for an article about Books from Gabriel by a sweet lady from Deseret News. I’m excited to share our first article of the year and our very first article in Utah.

Follow the Link below and watch for it to come out in the the Family section of the Deseret Newspaper.

Also I’m so excited and thankful to the great businesses that have offered to help us spread the word and be a local drop off location. Today we took drop off boxes to Tenney’s Pizza & Sean’s Smokehouse BBQ & Grill in Saratoga Springs and also Lehi Animal Hospital. Tomorrow we will be taking a box to the Tenney’s Pizza Sandy location as well.  You can see that Tenney’s Pizza is offering random prizes to those who bring books in to donate to our cause.

Thank you so much to all of you who help to make this project a huge success!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Drive Dec. 3rd – Jan. 14th


We are looking for donations of “New” and “Like New” children’s books from the ages of 0 to 18. All book donations will be given to children on Pediatric floors or in Emergency Rooms of various hospitals in Idaho & Utah.

We’ve put this book drive together in memory of our beloved son Gabriel, who passed away at 17 months old from unknown causes.

For drop off locations Click the Donation’s Link & more information about Gabriel, go to Gabriel’s Story.

You may always visit our family at Savilles Backyard.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center

On the 20th we did our last book delivery for this year. (we will have one more delivery to PCMC but it’s just the remaining 618 books we’ve been storing for them) We took 400 books to UVR in Orem. That hospital is quite huge and harder to find your way around than PCMC. We drove all the way around it once to find the correct entrance. Then we parked at the Valet Parking desk and waited for Tammy to bring out a cart. We loaded the books up and took them inside to get a photo. Tammy is the contact I had arranged the book donation with and she was very excited about our donation. We’ve had such a wonderful experience this year with the book drive and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish next year.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Preston, Logan & Primary Children’s Medical Center

So this week my sister in law delivered 100 books to Preston hospital and 100 books to Logan Hospital. Below is what Stacy said about the deliveries…

Stacy Egley “Dropped (my nephews) "books from Gabe" off at the Logan hospital! They were very grateful for them! Thanks Amy for the opportunity to do this. Helps with the healing! Love you and miss you Gabe!!!!”

“Got the Preston ones dropped off today! No pictures they wouldn't let me in the unit cuz I had my kids with me. So I just told the people in charge Gabe’s story and the reason for the books and what we would like to see them do with them. They were very grateful! And gave us there thanks and sympathy.”

Thank you Sis for delivering those books!! We’re so happy to have been able to spread Gabe’s books so far and wide.

Today David the Kids and I went to Primary Children’s Medical Center to deliver their 1st delivery of books. They are willing to take the remaining books but asked if we would bring them in at least 2 different loads so that they have and easier time getting them to all the places they want to get them to. Marie seems impressed with the quality of books she said we’d set a high standard. I want to thank all my awesome friends who donated such great books. She was going to have the Education Director and the Librarian help her place the books where they would be best used.

Marie gave each of the kids a PCMC pencil and she printed out a picture right then and put it on a card that says Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation on the front and on the back is a quote…

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”
-James Barrie (he wrote Peter Pan)

I was so happy to meet Marie, she was very sweet and gave us a little tour of some of the awesome pictures down the hallway that have been painted by children patients. David and I both thought she reminded us of David’s Aunt Colleen which if you do not know Aunt Colleen it is a wonderful compliment.

Today we delivered 525 books to PCMC and Marie said to call her in a month to bring the other 628 books. That will be a total of 1,153 books delivered to PCMC. We really couldn’t be happier to do this project and it has blessed our lives so very much. Thank you again for all your support!

In 10 days we have an appointment to deliver 400 books to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. That will be the last of this years books. I’ll for sure do a post when we make that delivery as well.

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After our delivery we took the kids out to dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. They were pretty good and enjoyed being out at a new place to them. It’s funny to watch them when we go downtown it’s such a new and big experience since we’re from little Pocatello, Salt Lake seems so huge and different to them. I Love their excitement, except when Isaac is so happy he darts in front of a car in the parking garage and gives me heart failure. Thank goodness I was watching him and stopped him before he ran right in front of it and the car was paying attention to him as well.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

American Fork Hospital

Today we delivered 300 books to the American Fork Hospital. Sharon Harris met us at the door and accepted the books from us. She had me fill out a Volunteer Hours form. I left the amount of hours blank because who really can keep track of the time me, my family and friends and all of you have put into making this project such a success. I really can’t take credit for all of it. After I gave her the form she marked down 50 hours and gave me my copy.

Sharon said the Hospital was very excited about the donation! One of the ways they were planning to use the books was in The Huntsman-Intermountain Cancer Center at their location. She said there are so many children and youth that come in for IV Therapy. The books will offer a distraction for many of those children.

I was excited to hear about this use of the donated books!

Over 200 of our books were donated by a very good friend of mine from Oklahoma. This friend of mine is the mother to Amazing Gracie. Gracie at just 3 years old was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in March of 2010. Gracie received clean scans in June of 2011 after a difficult battle. Gracie & her family are such an amazing examples to me and many others. Gracie’s sweet mom has offered so many words of comfort to me, even though she herself has been dealing with her own grief in watching her beautiful little girl fight such a difficult battle. I have truly grown to love this family for their support and great example to me. I am so excited & honored that our book drive will be able to help entertain more children who are fighting their way through cancer like Gracie has.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Today I have finalized two more book deliveries. We will be delivering 300 books to American Fork Hospital on Friday the 3rd. Then we will delivering 500 books to Primary Children’s Medical Center on Friday the 10th. They have agreed to take 500 now and then another 500 when they start to run low. I can’t wait to get these books delivered. Hopefully next week I’ll here from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and be able to take them a few hundred books. With PCMC and American Fork books delivered and set aside we will have 700 books left to donate!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Gabriel & a Book Drive Success

On Wednesday night we met at the LDS North Stake House for our book cleaning, labeling & categorizing event. The night went wonderfully! We had between 35 and 45 people who came to help. We took all 3 hours to complete all the books. We served Gabie’s cake after singing a very emotional Happy Birthday song. I couldn’t even get out more that the first Ha… David was just as bad as me. The cake was delicious we made a vanilla pound cake with layers of Raspberry Ganache. We made our own fondant and modeling chocolate and buttercream frosting to decorate it with.

At the end of the night we finished and tallied up our total number of books. I guessed over 2500 but really had no clue where we would end up. The end total was 2,750!!! We put together boxes for the hospitals already expecting books. 200 books for Portneuf Medical, 50 books for Bingham Memorial and they will hopefully be taking more, 300 book for Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, 100 books for Preston Hospital & 100 books for Logan Hospital. The total delivered was 750! So yes we still have 2000 books to place. I will be in contact with American Fork Hospital, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and Primary Children's Medical Center. I’m hoping to send the rest of our books to those hospitals. I will of course contact more hospitals if I need to.

Pictures from the Cleaning, Labeling & Categorizing Event:

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On Thursday we went to Portneuf Medical at 1:30 and delivered the books to them. While there we were interviewed by KPVI News Channel 6 and by The Idaho State Journal. We went to Blackfoot next to deliver books to Bingham Memorial. The day went by quickly and it was a great day. David and I were so happy to be doing this project on Gabriel’s birthday. At 9pm we watched the interview on fox and then again at 10 on NBC. We were so excited, I cried when it first came on because the first thing they showed were pictures of my sweet boy. Then we were the top story for the night. We were so excited and so proud to have our Gabriel on local news on his 3rd Birthday. We are so pleased to be able to honor Gabe this way and now even more people know about it.

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Bingham Memorial Delivery

EIRMC Delivery

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Delivery by Gary & Colleen Saville..

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


OK so I’m not complaining at all but we’ve got 2,409 books now. A really good friend of mine just had 200 new books donated by Portneuf District Library. I have so many more books than I ever expected. I’m so excited to be able to deliver books to so many children all over. It’s so exciting to have so much support.


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Sunday, January 22, 2012


Today at church a lady brought me 5 new books. After I told her thank you and she sat down I realized those 5 books just completed out goal. Yay!!!! Now any more books we get are just above and beyond our goal and I'm so excited for all the great participation. Now Portnuef Medical only wants 200 books, Bingham Memorial wants only 50 and Eastern Idaho Medical Center wants 300. So we may need some help brining the other 1,450 books to Utah. I'm just not sure how many I can fit in my van. I'm still waiting to hear from my friend who said she'd contact a board member from American Fork Hospital and Utah Valley Medical Center about how many books they may want. I've also emailed the staff member over service projects at PCMC and am waiting to hear back from her. I may contact Riverton Hospital too since they have a PCMC wing. So hopefully all comes together this week. And I may contact Shiners as well. I'm thrilled with all the help we've received.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Almost There

So last week Katie and Madison told there classes all about the book drive. They told them about Gabriel and how we lost him and why we do the book drive. They are very brave and strong girls that I’m very proud of. Jenna told her class about it all today and she said she cried. What wonderful girls I have.

Katie decided to make a donation box to take to school and Madison told her class about the box that’d be outside of Katie’s classroom. Today they took the box and after school it was full of books. We counted 60 books that can be used. When getting books from elementary children there are always books that are not quite nice enough to use. But the generosity is still the same and we are still very thankful for those students who are so excited and eager to help in our book drive. Madison said one girl in her class had two grocery bags and her and her sisters backpacks full. Madison was sure to give this little girl a big hug and tell her thank you.

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We also added to the tally another 17 books from Highland High School in Pocatello, Thank you Rams.

I’m still awaiting a box from Texas to update our tally and I’m meeting another generous mom this weekend to get books from so I know we still have more to add but we are only 257 books away from our goal. That is so exciting!!! There may be books that are unusable once we get to our cleaning event but we are still so extremely thankful for all the donations. I’m positive we’ll reach 2000.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Blackfoot Elementary Schools

I’m sending a big thank you to Stoddard, Stalker & Wapello Elementary students. I contacted Annie Tanner from Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot because she helped us with the book drive last year. This year she contacted the representatives for Idaho Reads! VISTA at Stalker Elementary and also Wapello Elementary. There Shelia from Stalker and Tracy from Wapello set up collections for the book drive as well. Stoddard collected 241 books, Stalker collected 174 books & Wapello collected 148 books. On Wednesday we will meet in Pocatello and take a couple pictures for the the Blackfoot local paper, that wants to do a write up about the book drive. I’ll collect their donated books from these wonderful ladies, who have helped in this great cause. I want to thank all those students and parents from these 3 Blackfoot schools for their generosity and help. This is why we make sure Bingham Memorial in Blackfoot receives books from the book drive. This is for the benefit of the communities that help. When I get pictures I’ll update them on the blog.

Gabe's 3rd Birthday Cake (9)

Shelia Evans, Me, Annie Tanner & Tracy Folsom. We met and these wonderful ladies delivered 563 books on 1/25/12. When we met I found out that Shelia is Sonja Wright’s daughter, Sonja is Colleen’s (my mother in law) 1st cousin. Crazy small world.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cheaper Keepers & Money Donations

Today David and I went out in search of affordable books to buy with the donated money for the book drive. We had $140 to work with and our first stop was a little store called Cheaper Keepers. This store was recommended to me by the manager of the store who is in our ward. She told us that they had lots of children's books, new and used at discounted prices.  When we got there we were surprised at how many books they had, and most were new. We started adding books to our cart and quickly had 51 books in our cart. We then went to check out and she told us that since we spent more than $20 we got and extra 20% off our sale and most of the books were already 10% off. Then she surprised us with 64 more new books that were all very nice hardcover books, the store wanted to donate to our book drive. Over all we walked out of Cheaper Keepers with 112 books and only spent $90. Only 11 of those books were used. Then we went to Costco and spent the other $50 on The Hunger Games series and all 5 books in The Wrinkle in Time series. So today we’re up 123 books and it’s all thanks to 3 generous people who donated money for the book drive and the store Cheaper Keepers in American Fork.

The picture below is all the new books we came home with today. I’m getting so excited for the book drive’s final delivery and I’m so thankful for all the great support we’ve received. I also learned from my sister in law that Primary Children’s Hospital can only accept new donations, so I’m planning on reserving several of our new books for them, assuming I get enough donations to spread the books over all the hospitals I want to go to first.

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I also changed our book labels a little this year and added the Donate LIFE logo. We’ve had such an awesome experience having a member of our family be an organ donor, and have loved getting to know our donor recipient family. Organ Donation is definitely something we support.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dry Creek Ward Young Women

My good friend Jennifer Tolman is the Young Women’s President of the LDS Dry Creek Ward in Lehi, and she came to me asking if her girls could help with our book drive for a service night at mutual. Of course I told her I’d love her help. Tonight was the night they had their service activity. They asked me to come and to tell our families story and about Gabriel. I told them about how we lost our boy and then why we do this book drive. I told them how much it means to our family and how much it means to the children in the hospitals who receive these donated books.  I took 260 books down for them to clean & label. Then they also brought 95 books to donate. It was a large group of young women and they did a wonderful job. They worked quickly and thoroughly. Several of them told me thank you for sharing our families story and for letting them take part. I was impressed with these young women’s desire to serve. I love the opportunity to share our story, even though it is difficult at time. I love to show people how we have grown from our trial and how we can bless others lives from the things we have learned through this trial.

I want to tell the young women and leaders of the Dry Creek ward thank you. Thank you for your desire and willingness to help. Thank you for participating and donating in a project that means so much to our family and many many others.

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