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Dear Family, Friends and DeSoto County Community, July 2021

Despite the pandemic, the 'Ann's Heart for Books' project was a success last year with the help of family, friends, churches, DeSoto County schools, and our partner, Lindsey Grace Darby, with Usborne Books and More. We were able to provide over 1,663 books to the Forrest Spence Fund! We know Ann would have been touched to have so many children and families blessed with books to lift their spirits during difficult days. As you may remember, Ann's great joy was working with children and inspiring them to develop their own love of books.

We are pleased to let you know that we will be collaborating with the Forrest Spence Fund again to collect children’s books to celebrate Ann’s October birthday in 2021. We are starting the project early this year; unfortunately, the Forrest Spence Fund office had extensive smoke damage from a fire that occurred within the building where they are located and much of their remaining inventory was lost. They need our immediate assistance to re-stock the shelves and provide care bags for hospitalized children. Each book will have a dedication label placed on the inside cover page that will read“Given in celebration of the life of Ann Brown Ashcraft”

The Forrest Spence Fund is a non-profit organization designed to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families. I have been involved with this organization from the ground up and have seen the impact it can have on a family’s life. The books we collect will be given out at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They will be included in the Care Bags, which are described on the Forrest Spence Fund website. It is very heartwarming to see a parent or grandparent reading to their baby or child while they are at Le Bonheur. Sometimes, it is the only sense of “normalcy” they may have and something they can physically do for their loved one. The greatest needs are books for the younger age range of 0-4 years. It is such a sweet gift, as there are many wonderful selections that help promote parent-child bonding and exposure to reading from the earliest days of life. With COVID-19 hospital visiting restrictions in place, books have become even more important as a resource for families feeling isolated.

We would again like to extend the opportunity to you to participate, by donating your favorite books, starting now through the month of October. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we can only take NEW books this year. You may order your books on-line and ship them to me or drop them at one of our three community book collection sites, for those in the local area. Please kindly include your name with your donation.

As another option, Lindsey Grace Darby, with Usborne Books & More, is hosting an electronic book drive for Ann’s Heart for Books, to make it easy for you to shop and select books! You may also shop for books for your own family, and when you shop through the given link, Usborne Books & More will donate 50% of your purchase price back in free books to our book drive. In addition, if you simply wish to make a monetary donation, it will be matched by Usborne Books & More at 50% in free books! Please make out monetary gift checks to Ruth Munday and mail to the address listed below so it can be added to count for the match. BELOW IS THE WEBSITE LINK AND INFORMATION.
Go to ANN'S HEART FOR BOOKS when you click “SHOP” or at “CHECK OUT”. You may ship Usborne Books & More purchases directly to the Forrest Spence Fund Office at 3092 Poplar Ave, Suite 15, Memphis, TN 38111. Please see the link below to connect to our Usborne Books & More wish list!

USBORNE BOOKS and MORE>

For more information on the Care Bags, please feel free to ask me, or 'CLICK' on the website link below and look under Individual Needs:
FORREST SPENCE FUND

Please mail books to: Ruth Munday, P.O. Box 444, Horn Lake, MS 38637*
Drop off locations include: Walker, Brown, and Brown, P.A., 2540 Hwy 51 South, Hernando, MS 38632
Winn Brown Law Firm, 1613 Main Street, Southaven, MS 38671
SouthGroup Insurance, 5740 Getwell Road, #12-A, Southaven, MS 38672
Email contact: annsheartforbooks@gmail.com *email if you need a physical address for shipping

With Love, Ruth Ashcraft Munday, On behalf of Lee Ashcraft, Betsy Ashcraft Walker, Greg Munday, and Brent Walker

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