Provided by: Michael Green
On March 29, 2008, a letter to the editor appeared in the Stuart News regarding the desperate need for a new playground at the Hibiscus Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach. You can view this letter at TCPalm.
The letter which appeared exactly one year ago today was written by seventeen-year-old Devon Green, who is well known for helping the shelter to raise money to provide for the children in past years. Devon’s letter was an appeal to our generous community to help her younger sister Jessie to raise enough money to build the playground. Now, exactly one year later, a well-known children’s author from Utah has offered to contribute a large sum of money that may push this fundraiser “over the top”. Jill Ammon Vanderwood is a highly regarded and successful author. She was the 2008 Writer of the Year for the League of Utah Writers. She is the author of four children’s books: Through the Rug; Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog; Stowaway: The San Francisco Adventures of Sara the Pineapple Cat, and her first non-fiction book-What’s it Like Living Green: Kids Teaching Kids By the Way They Live-her most recent publication, released by BookSurge Publishing on March 10, 2009.
Mrs. Vanderwood grew up in Oregon, the third of eleven children. Jill and her husband Bill are parents of four and grandparents of six. They make their home in Utah.
Jill loves going on adventures with her grandchildren, she loves to travel and tries to write something every day.
The “kids” whose special stories are told in Jill’s most recent book include Martin County’s own Devon and Jessie Green. Now, Jill is offering to help Jessie to reach her fundraising goal by contributing the sales profits from 100 books which amount to a very generous contribution. To make this even more exciting for the shelter kids, Jessie has gathered commitments from local business people for the construction of a water feature in the playground, a hero wall recognizing the contributors who made it possible, and a fence to make the playground safe and private. Stay tuned for further updates as this long-awaited successful outcome becomes a reality.Leave a Comment