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Give A Story

Share a journal with a child in need

Every year, thousands of children are displaced from their homes because of domestic violence. Help build these children’s self esteem and give them something to call their own—a journal that celebrates their story!

Purchase a Time Capsule journal at a 50% discount, and we’ll deliver it to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to give to a child on your behalf.


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How journal gifting works:

  1. Select the quantity of Time Capsule journals that you’d like to donate to NCADV.
  2. Purchase the journals at a 50% discount. Katie will take care of the rest, including shipping costs.
  3. Once a month, Katie will ship a box of journals directly to NCADV. You will not receive this journal. 
  4. NCADV distributes the journals to children and families in their program.
  5. Katie will send you a thank you email, letting you know your gift is in the hands of a great and deserving child.
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How the Give a Story Campaign began:

When I was growing up, I dreamed of writing a journal about my life. Kids would get on huge waiting lists at their school libraries to check out “The Amazing Adventures of Kate the Great!” Never mind that my story wasn’t anything out of the ordinary; I just wanted to create something that would inspire and help other kids. It’s been a dream of mine ever since. 

Last spring as the school year was wrapping up, I stumbled on exactly what I needed to do.

My mom’s a school librarian. “You know what I hate about my job?”

I pictured stacks of books waiting for plastic covers and other piles she needed to organize and put on shelves. I wasn’t expecting what she actually told me.

“There’s this little boy who hasn’t returned his book.”

She briefly mentioned that he was moving from home to home. I imagined a child with freckles on his face and dirt under his nails—a boy exactly like my son. Then I could see his shaggy, unwashed hair, dirty clothes, and insufficient winter coat. And I wondered if he ever forgot exactly which home he had to go to after school.

“He’s supposed to return his library book, right?” my mom continued. “And if he doesn’t, I’m supposed to fine him.”

I nodded. I think we’ve all experienced the frantic search for overdue library books.

“But he can’t pay a fine. He doesn’t have any money. And worse: it’s just a library book … but I think it’s his only possession.”

If a child owns just one book, what should it be?

This was my big aha moment because even today, I know exactly what my childhood favorite is—“The Amazing Adventures of Kate the Great!”—because it’s the story of me.

When a child owns a book that he fills with all of his adventures, ideas, and dreams, it gives him a sense of empowerment. He discovers that he is creative, funny, beautiful, and most of all: worthy.

Every year, thousands of children are displaced from their homes because of domestic violence. My local shelter for battered women and families is a part of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). It provides mothers and children with safe places to stay, everyday necessities, and resources to move forward.

Gadanke has created the Give a Story project to help build these children’s self esteem and give them something to call their own—a journal to celebrate their story!

Today if you are able, I ask you to help me invest in a child by giving him a journal. Purchase one at 50% discount; I’ll take care of everything else, and your gift will be delivered to NCADV to give to a child on your behalf.

Together, we can give kids the chance to write their own rich and beautiful endings.

Additional resources:

Click here to find a domestic violence shelter near you to volunteer or receive assistance if you or someone you love has experienced domestic violence.

If you are interested in receiving Gadanke journals at a discount for your nonprofit organization, please apply here.

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