This summer saw horrific fires destroy forests, homes - and dreams throughout the country. The Waldo Canyon fire here in Colorado Springs claimed more than 350 middle to upper class homes in a matter of a few short hours. As we drove through the neighborhood where we used to live the loss of homes and dreams left us speechless. Some of those homes housed foster kids who are seeking to turn their lives around and achieve their potential. The flames also caused us to stop and reflect on what the children - foster or not - lost in those frightening moments.
One of the realities that hit us in the aftermath is that children lost books which represented precious memories and vital learning tools. Most foster kids don't have a collection of books and are lacking that critical link to learning. To that end we are focusing our efforts on two 'recovery' ideas about which we hope to be able to share more details very soon.
First, we plan to begin the process of replacing those books which children have lost through any tragedy. The idea is receiving strong indications of interest from corporate and community groups and we plan to open it for active participation by the end of September.
Second, realizing that foster kids need to read more, we are going to make a concerted effort to create personal 'libraries' for them which they can keep with them for life.
It is our hope that others will share this dream and keep this idea 'burning' in their minds and hearts.