Bunny at the USO of NC

Bunny hung out with the families of our armed forces all the way in North Carolina! This event was the result of a completely unexpected connection I made through an online group for runners led by my pal, Kelly Roberts. Here's how it happened:

I offered to donate several copies of Bunny's Staycation (Mama's Business Trip) to women in the running group—the only guideline was that I wanted the books to go to families who were struggling financially or otherwise, or to kids that don't have a lot of access to books.

I received several lovely responses from women nominating friends or others. One of them, Amy, told me she was Assistant Director of USO of NC, the oldest continuously-operating chapter of the USO in the world, located in North Carolina. (If you don't know what the USO does, they help our US Military service members stay connected to their family, home, and country while they are serving our nation). Amy told me these parents are on the ultimate business trip—deployed overseas—and her location hosts a weekly storytime for the children. She thought Bunny's Staycation would really resonate with them.

I was so incredibly touched by this thought and quickly put together a package containing a signed book, a drawing of Bunny, an oversized handwritten letter, and a whooooole bunch of passport activity kits. Off to NC it went!

Amy said the story time was a big hit with all of the parents and kids. One mom, who is relocating to Okinawa and applying for passports for her children, even used the kits to help explain what a passport is to her little bunnies! I'm so thankful to Amy and the rest of the staff at USO of North Carolina for these ah-mazing photos from the event and that they have allowed me to share them with you. These kids are making the ultimate sacrifice by sharing their brave parents with all of us.

Thank you, Amy and friends!

 These parents and kids are mostly US Marines families. More than half that came to the event have spouses currently deployed.

These parents and kids are mostly US Marines families. More than half that came to the event have spouses currently deployed.

 Thank you to this wonderful volunteer who read my book!

Thank you to this wonderful volunteer who read my book!

 The drawing of Bunny I sent to the kids will be framed and hang in their family center (I am so honored!!); little bunnies checking out their new passport kits.

The drawing of Bunny I sent to the kids will be framed and hang in their family center (I am so honored!!); little bunnies checking out their new passport kits.