Today is April 3, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. April 4th is the Rutgers University Dance Marathon, which raises money for kids with cancer and blood disorders--a great cause! Our son is head of security this year, and he's been active in the dance marathon since he started at Rutgers. Our daughter got her master's degree there and was involved in the DM also, and as an undergrad at Penn State, active in their dance marathon too. As we do every year, my husband and I will visit just to support our child in this wonderful fundraising event. We get to see the families who benefit from this fundraiser, too.
I've always believed that one of our purposes in life should be to help others. My husband and I volunteered as band parents, in PTA, etc.
I've found that most writers are also very giving of themselves and spend time volunteering in their communities. And our writing is another way of helping others.
As writers, we can help other people in important ways--especially with the fiction that Avalon publishes. Our romances show people that there is love in life--and happy endings. Our mysteries show that the villain will be caught and justice will prevail. Our westerns show that good will triumph over evil. Fiction really has the power to give people not only hours of enjoyment, but hope as well. When I hold one of my books in my hands, I hope that it will touch someone's life, make them feel better, and perhaps make their world a brighter place.
My kids are older now so I don't do the school volunteering I used to. I'm now involved in my local animal shelter. I know many of you are volunteering to make your communities a better place. Tell us what you are doing!