As Ylva Publishing began to gear up for the holiday season in November, we received a request we just couldn’t turn down. We are already helping homeless LGBTQ youth by donating all profits from our holiday anthology Unwrap These Presents to two organizations that find housing for homeless LGBTQ youth. In November, we were asked to help this community in a different way—by donating e-books.
“Something Good” is the brainchild of author Anastasia Vitsky. It started out with one goal: make Kindles available to homeless LGBTQ youth, load them with e-books, and give the beneficiaries hope. Through Ana’s hard work and tireless efforts, she quickly pulled together enough money to donate a number of Kindles to Lost-n-Found Youth (LNF), an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides housing to homeless youth in our community.
Ana’s next challenge was to obtain donations of e-books that would appeal to the beneficiaries. Ylva Publishing was honored to be asked, and we were only too happy to donate a number of our e-books to Something Good. The books had to fit certain criteria in order to be made available to this young audience.
Thankfully, eight Ylva Publishing books will now be in the hands of young people who can truly benefit by reading quality literature from a lesbian-run publishing company. It is our hope that we will have even more books that appeal to a young adult audience in 2015, and we can make them available to Something Good.
One of the more gratifying aspects of supporting Something Good with our e-book donations was learning they’ve raised enough funds to expand. They will now donate Kindles to other organizations supporting homeless LGBTQ youth. At this writing, the Ali Forney Center and Trinity Place Shelter in NYC and Outside In in Portland, OR will be included. Other organizations throughout the US are currently being added. By sheer coincidence, The Ali Forney Center is also one of two beneficiaries Ylva Publishing chose to receive all profits from the sale of our holiday anthology Unwrap These Presents.
And so, the gift of reading has come full circle. We started out with a holiday anthology and the hope of donating money to homeless kids in our community. We now feel a great deal of warmth knowing that our struggling youth will also benefit from our books.
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