Author, Christine DerOhannesian was brought to tears when she attempted to read SMC to this group of students! She donated 200 Book Sets to these underprivileged students for their first time Winter Wonderland, family -fun event and toy drive providing Holiday cheer this year. Because of winter inclement weather, Christine could not make the event in person, even though the books safely arrived. Teachers read the story on her behalf and Senator Ruben Diaz even represented. She visited the students 4 days later and when she started to read the book, the students had read it so many times, they had it memorized and taken over the reading. She tried to squeak the story out along with them through her overwhelmed tears. The children also wanted to take turns acting out the story in little skits. When the day was through, they had thank you letters to send her off with, all reflecting their impression, motivation and conviction to NEVER GIVE UP, all inspired by Christine's true story she shared and their connection. Their departing hugs were a bummed rushed charge of gratitude.
Christine says "The best gift received during this event was apparently how my own struggles and life experiences were now given purpose." (still in happy tears)