OPERATION DISASTER RELIEF
The 2021 natural disasters continue to climb. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornados, and fires are more ferocious and deadly than ever causing thousands to flee their homes. BTSYA will support survivors with resources shipped to shelters. and organizations in need. During this 2020 pandemic of Covid-19, and the FIRES the BTSYA Disaster Relief Outreach focused on helping survivors of West Coast fires and on providing radio interviews with out of work authors, artists, actors, activists, and other creatives to give them a platform of creative expression, entertainment, information, empowerment, and education to the world. Visit StarStyle® Radio for Wednesdays with Writers and Performers and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio for Super Smart Sundays. Visit Be the Star You Are!® Radio for descriptions.
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Whenever a natural disaster occurs, Be the Star You Are!® charity mobilizes to ship books, DVD's. games, puzzles, videos, and other resources to the evacuees and victims through our Operation Disaster Relief Programs in an effort to assist with the emotional and mental recovery. We CARE and SHARE. Read how BTSYA is Making a Difference: https://www.ibpa-online.org/news/460747/IBPA-Member-Spotlight-Cynthia-Brian.htm .
Our volunteers packed boxes for Operation Hurricanes HARVEY, IRMA, and Maria Disaster Relief as well as the California fires. We shipped to specified locations to help families who suffered a loss and personally drove to shelters to give the gift of a brand new book to every who wanted one. With every disaster, once that emergency services are in place including food, medical aid, shelter, and clothing, Be the Star You Are!® goes into action to get books to schools, shelters, organizations, libraries, and individuals in need of hope and humor.
“What a wonderful thing you are doing for those in need. I am proud to be a new member of Be the Star You Are!” Kimberly Morgan
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to give approximately $11,300 in books and goods to this 2017 Operation Disaster Relief Program. We do ask for continued contributions so that we are prepared to help the next time. Kids helping kids. A donation of $25 ships a small box of books, $100 buys and ships a case of 28 brand new books to anywhere in the continental USA.
"Bless you for jumping in as you always do when someone is in need. My heart breaks for the families and the devastation Harvey has caused." Mardi Potts
All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made directly from our website at http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org or make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3
“Cynthia, many thanks for your dedication to helping those in need.” Joan Bruzzone
Thank you for helping those who are suffering with these devastating disasters.
“Just a quick word of thanks for all you are doing to support those who are hurting. Blessings to you for reaching out!” Karen Kitchel
Thanks for your support. Everyone Counts!!!!
"When disaster strikes, it's easy to send prayers ,
watch the news, or complain about how our world is
becoming more and more dismal. It's harder, but also so
much more rewarding to send hope as well as concrete help. I drove to Napa and Solano countries with other BTSYA volunteers to deliver boxes of books to evacuation centers housing people who fled their homes after the fires in California. What I learned that day is the in the more dire of circumstances, our only source of hope is to help each other. Hope heals." Volunteer and radio reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio.
Author Brooks Olbrys donated two cases of Into the Lead. He wrote: "Maybe Blue Ocean Bob's response to a natural disaster will inspire the kids to keep going and stay positive." "YES, it will!" BTSYA responded. Thanks Brooks
Author Author Diana Zimmerman donated two cases of Kandide. She was thrilled to assist and give the pre-teens an escape through her stories. Thanks Diana
Testimonials from BENEFICIARIES of Hurricanes
"Thank you again for your generosity and compassion. It is efforts just like this that redefine the term “neighbor,” and we are so blessed to have neighbors like you!" Courtney Frost-Tadlock, MPA, Community Relations Coordinator, Northwest Assistance Ministries, Houston, Texas
“Thank for your generous gift of books to Greenbriar Children’s Center. The girls and boys at our Early Childhood Education Centers will enjoy these books for years to come. Your commitment to empowering children through reading will make a positive impact to improve literacy in our community. By providing your helping hand, you have helped displaced children in our community weather a crisis. You are a blessing to the agency.” Gena Taylor, Executive Director, Greenbriar Children’s Center, Savannah, Georgia
We received the beautiful books you sent to First Books of Beaufort to help us with Hurricane Relief. Thank you so much!” Peg Schlichtemeier, First Books of Beaufort, South Carolina
The books are beautiful!! Thank you again for the generous donation! Those books will be a wonderful gift for the many children we serve this Christmas.” Nadine King, Christmas Come True, Florida
“Thank you so much for your shipments! These will make great gifts and we are really excited that we can get them to the kids. They are great books !!!!” Vincent J. DelMonte, Executive Director, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs