Updated: Aug 17, 2022
Offering Hope To Uvalde Children Through Story
What started from a place of helplessness in the days after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas became an opportunity to offer hope to young people through story.
Author, filmmaker, and youth literacy activist e.E. Charlton-Trujillo began #600BooksOfHope with the support of author G. Neri, Gia Gordon, and Pat Zietlow Miler and Trujillo's agent Erin Murphy. Hoping to collect 600 new books to gift to the children of Robb Elementary, a single Tweet quickly became a campaign to gift at least one book to every child living in Uvalde, Texas.
Whatever we offer to the community has to be in honor of those that were lost and those who remain to continue their story.
#600BooksOfHope has since partnered with Edmentum, Reading Is Fundamental, and Family Service to offer a book donation event and an artist event to the children of Uvalde. There are several stages to the event and the Vision Team is working to coordinate with the community, the public library, and others to make this happen for the kids.
"The community is suffering and that suffering is not finite. It's important that we remember we are asking to be guests in their community which is their home. We are offering our love of story through books and hopefully an author and illustrator event for the kids," said Trujillo.