You all have heard me complain about being powerless during and after Hurricane Sandy (AKA Superstorm Sandy), but you also know that I consider myself to be quite fortunate because all I lost was power for 11 days. The devastation in New Jersey is so massive that I still can't even wrap my head around it. The boardwalk where we take our daughter every summer? Gone. The pier where she had her fifth birthday party? Gone. Houses were literally uprooted from their foundations. My brother's friend's house was flooded and he found fish in his basement. People are homeless and displaced. A full month has gone by, and it's still terrible. There are charities galore, and no shortage of places to donate your money and time.
Well, here's another one, and this one will surely interest my fellow YA-fanatics! Kieran Scott (author of the She's So/He's So trilogy and many others) has single-handedly created a fantastic auction, with all proceeds to donate the Community Foodbank of New Jersey. You guys, she got 170 authors to donate swag, autographs books and ARCs, and tons more. Just a few of the names you might recognize: Megan McCafferty, Lauren Oliver, Sarah Ockler, Michael Northrop, Libba Bray, Susane Colasanti, Daisy Whitney...the list goes on and on. There are 200 items to be listed!
The auction is starting on eBay tonight! Get all the info on YA for NJ's Facebook page, and check out the auctions on eBay here! If I'm not mistaken, everything goes live tonight at 8pm EST.
I hope you'll check it out and if something strikes your fancy, I encourage you to open your hearts and your wallets for this amazing cause. I love knowing that the money raised from these auctions will be helping people right here.
Enjoy your reading!