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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.

American Parkinson Disease Association
Give Kids the World
Heart of America Foundation
Camp Sunshine

American Parkinson Disease Association

1250 Hyland Blvd.
Staten Island, NY   10305
1(800) 223-2732

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 on life.

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.

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Give Kids The World

210 South Bass Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746
1(800) 995-KIDS
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 their families.

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.

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Heart of America Foundation

401 "F" Street NW Suite 325
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-6278
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 across America.

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 America's youth.

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Camp Sunshine

1850 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30033-3405
(404) 325-7979
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 unconditional support.

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