Even though there is so much uncertainty that persists today, there are people in this world who strive to be the beacon of hope and joy for all – especially young children. Today, we want to shed light on a few of those people whose efforts continue to make a difference in the lives of kids. Take a moment to read about a donor who raised money to support Barbershop Books in honor of her dear friend who recently passed away. A very sad and unfortunate loss of a literacy advocate has sparked an idea that can bring joy to young children.
Cheryl, a Barbershop Books supporter, recently lost her dear friend and colleague of more than a decade, Sharon.
Sharon was an immigrant, born in Jamaica, who relentlessly worked her way through college and settled in New York City. She was loved and adored by so many and it was no secret that reading was a passion of hers. Her daily commute to and from the office on the subway was one of her favorite times of the day because it meant uninterrupted reading time with her book of choice that week. From biographies to novels, Sharon loved embarking on new literary journeys that awaited her with each new book. Not only was reading Sharon’s passion, but it was also a hobby that she loved to share with others.
Sharon was giving, joyous, vivacious, thoughtful, sharing, loving, and smart. The list of positive attributes can go on and on when describing someone as rare as her.
As Cheryl reflected on all the fond memories the two shared together, she began thinking of ways to celebrate her in a manner she knew would make her friend proud. When she remembered a time that Sharon remarked how there weren’t enough age appropriate books for kids to read in barbershops while she was getting her hair cut, Cheryl’s next steps became very clear – help instill a love of reading in young kids in their community! As a longtime supporter of Barbershop Books, Cheryl knew that it would be the perfect organization to help her celebrate and honor her friend.
Within the first 4 hours of the fundraiser, Cheryl was able to raise over $1,900 to support Barbershop Books! Just as Sharon loved and adored reading, young children will now have the opportunity to tap into that same joy.
“I hope that it inspires young men to have the same passion for reading that Sharon did. A thirst for knowledge,” Cheryl explained. “It’s challenging for me to see that so many of our young people are not literate. They don’t know what they don’t know.”
As a result of this fundraiser, young kids in their community will have access to age appropriate and culturally relevant reading materials.
Reading is a gateway to educational success and Cheryl hopes that Sharon’s legacy will live through the books each child reads throughout their lives.
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