Archive for June, 2016

FREE Books. Racine Littles.

girlbooksIt’s the gift that speaks volumes for our community’s future! Just Add Kids’campaign to help build young readers via the United Way of Racine County’s Imagination Library initiative.

Imagination Library was created in 1996 by famed country-singer Dolly Parton to foster a love of reading. All participating children receive free, age-appropriate books though the mail each month, from birth to age five.

In 2009, United Way launched the Imagination Library initiative in western Racine County. It was a perfect fit for United Way’s early childhood priority focused on the healthy development of children and school readiness.

Your support of Just Add Kids’ crowdfunding campaign will help Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expand to serve young children throughout ALL of Racine County. More than 36,000 FREE books have been distributed since the program began in 2009 and we want to distribute even more!

I am so passionate about being able to help facilitate providing books for kids right here in our city. Your financial support is being requested to join me and the United Way of Racine County in making a difference in the lives of children in the birth to age 5 bracket.

What a GREAT opportunity to give. Click here to donate!
$5, $25…whatever your heart feels is good. Thank you!

Join in on the celebration with the Imagination Library’s Expansion Event! Come to Regency Mall’s East Court on Saturday from 10am – 2pm. First 500 children enrolled  will receive a literacy kit and a FREE book in the mail each month until they turn five!

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Paula Herrmann, Founder
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My Dad. 1941-2016

by Just Add Kids Founder, Dad's Memoriam Card Final 3
Paula Herrmann

My how the time flies.

A little over a year ago, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. A spring and summer journey bounced between the hospital and residential rehab facility, he was finally brought home for Labor Day weekend. He successfully licked the cancer. Unreal. Yet, numerous seemingly minor (compared to the cancer) issues continued to surface. His quality of life sucked. Mostly exhausted, on oxygen 24/7, in pain due to degenerative disc issue that no surgeon would touch, my dad’s body finally had it. He died on Monday, May 23rd at 2:18pm. Myself, my mom, two of my children, my siblings, and a number of other family members and friends, were there when he passed.

I’m a lucky gal. I had. My siblings had. My mom had. My hubs had. My kids had. Many had a great relationship with my dad. He was a great guy.

Although the last year of his life was not a pleasant one for him, it sure was a gift to us. Knowing that we didn’t know if his health plateaued, hoping it would get better, yet seeing over time, it really wasn’t…it gave us the time to cherish every freaking minute. Saying the things we would not regret never saying. Spending the time, because we didn’t know how much was left. May 2015-May 2016. A gift. A dad. One crazy year. Thank you for sticking around. I love you, dad. I mourn our loss of you. I cherish all of our memories.

Please enjoy your dad, your children’s dad, grandfather on a day when we celebrate those that hold the special title of “Father”.  Take every opportunity to spend time together. Resolve differences. Respect. Love.

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