Even before the Dear God series went to print, the authors made a decision
to donate all profits from the sale of these books to charity. Several charities
were considered and, ultimately, four were selected to share equally in the
profits of the Dear God children's books.
The Dear God board book series is self-published by Chad and Paige
Foster, increasing the potential for greater profits and therefore, greater
charitable distribution. The books will be sold nationally through bookstores,
children's boutiques, churches, catalogues and pre-schools as well as on-line.
For the benefit of those purchasing the books, a list and short description of
the four charities participating in Dear God profits can be seen
below. When available, website links to the charities have also been provided.
Each of these charities has some personal connection to the Foster family,
making the opportunity to support these charities even more special.
Give Kids the World
Heart of America Foundation
Parkinson Disease Association
1250 Hyland Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10305
In 1996 Chad's father, David Foster, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
Seven years later "Pops," as he is called by his two grandchildren, lives a
full, active life in the mountains of western North Carolina. He has tackled the
monster of Parkinson's Disease with the loving support of his devoted wife of 48
years, Malise, whose constant encouragement contributes to his positive outlook
David and Malise are committed to fighting this ugly disease and credit the
American Parkinson Disease Association with guiding their daily efforts. Chad
and Paige are honored to have the opportunity to partner with the APDA family.
210 South Bass Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Attn: Pam Landwirth
Henri Landwirth arrived in America in 1950, a survivor of five years
confinement in a Nazi concentration camp. Henri viewed America as a land of
opportunity and set out to make the most of that opportunity. His extraordinary
work ethic and will to persevere enabled him to succeed in a big way within the
challenging hospitality industry.
Thankfully, Henri Landwirth chose to deal with prosperity in a way that few
people do. In 1986, he founded Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization
that creates magical memories for children with life threatening illnesses and
Located in the Orlando, Florida area, Give Kids The World provides lodging,
theme park tickets and meals for a week-long fantasy family vacation. Since its
founding, Give Kids The World has hosted 60,000 families from all 50 states as
well as 50 countries.
401 "F" Street NW Suite 325
Washington, DC 20001
Attn: Bill or Angie Halamandaris
The Heart of America Foundation was created in 1997 to teach the values at
the heart of America and to help young people learn that they help themselves
when they help others. The Heart of America's programs uniquely combine
character education, service learning and literacy.
Bill and Angie Halamandaris have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of a
better life for those who are less fortunate. To that end, they have developed a
multitude of programs through their Heart of America Foundation that reach out
to those in need through the compassionate and caring arms of young people
One such program is the foundation's 'Books from the Heart' program
which has a simple vision - Focus on The Child. Find books that are not
being used and take them to where they are needed. Provide books for children
who currently do not have books at home to read and limited access to books at
school. This goal is accomplished through the efforts of hundreds of Heart of
America Ambassadors across the country who have embraced the H.O.A. mission of
giving back to their communities.
As a member of the H.O.A. Executive Advisory Board for several years, Chad
Foster has seen, first-hand, the impact that this organization is having on
1850 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30033-3405
Attn: Sally Hale
Having Cancer is something no child should have to face. Children shouldn't
spend sunny days in the hospital having spinal taps and chemotherapy. It's hard
on families and it's hard on kids.
Camp Sunshine is an extraordinary organization that provides a number of
opportunities for kids with cancer. Most notably, Camp Sunshine serves as host
for several hundred young cancer patients each summer on the grounds of Camp
Twin Lakes, located 50 miles east of Atlanta.
Campers attending Camp Sunshine bring home more than just dirty laundry. They
bring home unforgetable memories of long-lasting friendships. They bring home
tales of tasks accomplished that before were thought of as unattainable. They
return home feeling more confident in themselves and more secure with their
illness. A week spent with other young cancer patients gives each camper a sense
of belonging to a family that understands their situation and offers