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Stir imaginations this holiday season and give the gift that a child will have forever

Give the gift of love for the holidays.
Give the gift of love for the holidays.
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During this holiday season, let's remember the children who are in need. There are many out there that would love for an adult to just throw their arm around them and let them know they are loved and that they have people in their corner cheering for them.

One of the ways to do that is to give a child a book.  Many kids do not read like they should and do not have the book selections in their own homes to read. Game systems and other opportunities are given many times before a book.

The days of creativity, playing outside, and delving into books to stir little imaginations are unfortunately not as popular as they used to be.

Many more children are homeless. Many more children are in need. Many more children need more attention from people outside of the immediate family.

Some of the most precious gifts that can be given to a child, is the gift of imagination in print. This is a gift they can have forever. Sign the inside and personalize it letting them know you gave this specially for them. Let them know that you care about them.

Choose a book that gives a message of hope, inspiration, and encouragement. Kids often times will read a book just because an adult, someone who they look up to gave it to them. Giving a gift of love like a book makes a child feel as if you care. They will open that book and read every word just because you gave it to them. 

They may throw a lot of things away in their life, but books are kept. They are cherished. They are passed down to the next generation with a story behind it.

The Velveteen Rabbit is one to be cherished with a message of hope and inspiration. There are many of them out there.

Read to a child. There is nothing more special than to be read to. You are never too old to have someone read to you. 

Listen to a child read. They want to be heard and sometimes the only way they can express themselves is through reading a book that portrays a message they want to get across.

Encourage children to write their hopes and dreams on paper. They just might be the the future author that the next generation will be reading.

Give the gift of love this season. Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the ones to be cherished for a lifetime.