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Monday, September 17, 2012

Just 1 Book Organization

This week I wanted to share about an eleven year old girl who is impacting her city by providing books for community centers in Orlando.  She is working to gather the books needed. Next, she wants to tackle getting a book mobile system started.

Just 1 Book is a Central Florida organization started by 11-year-old Sarah, with a mission on providing books to less fortunate kids in the Orlando area.  Sarah decided that if she could collect just one book from every child in her elementary school that would be 763 books she could donate to the kids in need in the next town.

Just 1 Book has teamed up with Orlando City Soccer and is collecting books during Orlando’s first playoff game on August 31. The books collected will join the thousands of other books the organization has collected from people who have donated books from around the world.  Sarah’s ultimate goal is to have “Just 1 Book” Book Mobiles so the books can be brought to kids in their own neighborhoods. With your help, Sarah and Just 1 Book can reach that goal.

“We can make a difference in the life of a child by giving them the gift of books,” said Sarah. “I’m asking for your help. Please help me fulfil my dream of providing books to all kids in need.”

"I thought it would take longer for it [Just 1 Book] to catch on and for people to realize that kids want and need books," Sarah said. "People say, 'Oh, kids don’t like to read anymore.' They do."

All donations are tax deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code because Just1Book  is classified as a public charity under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Support childhood literacy by donating to Just 1 Book; make the difference in the life of a child!  You can donate on their website (click here), or contact them to donate books directly. 

Here is a video about Sarah starting this project.

From a friend on Facebook - these muffins are a true taste of Autumn; slightly tart and sweet with the intense flavor of granny smith apples with just a whisper of maple as you savor each bite. These go best with any nut-flavored coffee~

* Maple Apple Streusel Muffins

1 egg
1/2 c milk
1/4 c unsalted butter melted
1 c coarsely chopped unpeeled apple, Macintosh, granny smith or other tart apple is best.
1 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
a few grates of nutmeg
1 tsp maple flavoring (or use 1/4c maple syrup, and reduce the milk to 1/4 c)

Preheat oven to 400.

Prepare muffin tins with paper, or silicone liners, or grease. Beat egg, and stir in milk, butter, apples and flavoring. Combine dry ingedients and stir in just to mix. Never over mix muffins because you will lose the texture and they will not be delicate but coarse and chewy.

* Streusel:

1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c butter

Blend with fingers until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of muffins.

Spoon into muffin cups andbake for 20-30 minutes.

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