Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday

In keeping with the theme of all things WONDERFUL today I bring you a story about a hero that I recently heard about while watching the "Marie" show.

Mackensie Bearup is a young woman with a big heart and desire to help others learn to escape a world of pain by reading.  Mackensie was diagnosed with Complex Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy at the age of 13. CRSD is a chronic neurological syndrome characterized by severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, excessive sweating, tissue swelling, and extreme sensitivity to touch. She read books to keep from dwelling on the pain she would feel whenever anyone or anything touched her leg. Hearing about a residential treatment center that was building a library, Mackensie decided to donate all of the books she had read.  Energized by the feeling she was helping, she didn't stop there and went around her town to collect other books that people were no longer reading.  This prompted an idea to start a non-profit called Sheltering Books, Inc. In the past few years, Mackensie has collected and donated more than 149,000 books.VERY COOL!

Sheltering Books, Inc donates to hundreds of homeless shelters across the United States.  As an avid book reader myself, I am now going to donate future books to Sheltering Books myself.  For more information or to learn how you can donate your used books, go to the website by clicking on the following link at

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