The gift of books

No matter if you are trying to build great, young leaders or just great young people in general, teaching them the act of service and giving, we believe is a very important trait. Especially in the world we live in today. Everyone has certain areas, organizations, or causes that are near and dear to their heart that they choose to give to.

As Simmental breeders, business owners, and past AJSA members we love that the AJSA and the Junior Board have implemented service projects into the summer regionals and National Classic.

As many of you know Holli and Drew’s son Knox was born premature, and spent two months in Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a congenital heart defect. That same year (2014) was the first year the AJSA Junior Board decided to do a service project. They chose Project Linus which makes blankets for sick children in the hospital. Knox was the recipient of two blankets from Project Linus at our hospital. At the 2014 Junior Nationals, the Junior Board presented them and the Bloomberg family with a blankets made during their Project Linus campaign. 

Once again, this year we are excited about the service project selected, Literacy for Little Ones. Literacy for Little Ones provides books to families in neonatal intensive care units. As parents of a graduate of a unit much like neonatal, we know the importance this plays in a new families life. We were not able to hold Knox for quite some time without supervision, tubes, and wires due to his health. He laid in an isolate to be viewed like a painting you weren’t allowed to touch. But through reading, we were able to interact with him, share with him, and be with him even though we weren’t able to hold him like a normal newborn. 

So, of course, we want to do all we can do to help little ones like Knox and their families. Knox has already been gathering up some books to take with him to the Junior Nationals. DP Sales Management will be attending the National Classic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and we would be happy to take along your book donations. We know that not everyone can make it to Mississippi, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be apart of this awesome service project.  You can bring books to us at the Eastern Regional this week if you aren’t making the trip to Mississippi or I have made an Amazon Book List (click here) of some great children’s books that you can purchase, send a gift message, and they will mail straight to us. We will then load them up and take them to Hattiesburg for the Children’s of Mississippi Medical Center.

If you choose to order from Amazon and have them mailed to us please make sure you sign the gift message so that we know who they are from and where. We would love to share that with the AJSA Junior Board, and who knows we might have a drawing for a prize or two.

The world would be a better place if we all took a little time out of our day to serve others and give of ourselves and our hearts. We are so glad that the AJSA is fostering that in its young leaders.

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