We’ve added a unique section to our bookstore called Products for Causes. We know many authors who have contributed stories to and have themselves organized and created products to sell, with the intent to donate not just money, but time, and effort also, to causes that help people. We need so much more of that in the world today, most definitely, but we also need to see that it is already happening, so we can acknowledge and appreciate it.
We have hosted and published our own anthology for a cause, so you’ll find that book among the titles here, but you will find a lot more titles and other items have been created with the purpose of supporting everything from raising funds for families who have lost loved ones in tragic events to supporting animal rescues and so much more. Whether you actually purchase anything from this category or not, we ask you to take a moment to look it over and see how much has already happened that just we are aware of.
We are very selective of the items we choose for this category. We vet the causes so we know more of the proceeds than not get to the intended recipients. We also learn about the set up for the product. We also reach out directly to the publisher or creator of the work to request contact information for the cause to set up a channel for direct fund distribution to them and eliminate our own administrative costs.
We benefit from the visibility that each book and item brings in from the authors and it’s fans that tell people we carry the title or find it by happenstance, but we never benefit financially from selling these items. We send all the funds we would receive from the sale of these products to the cause as our way of supporting the cause and the item creator(s) 100%.
We are particularly excited to begin offering a series of books in this category by WriterPunk Press with permission from Jeffrey’s family. The head of the press, Jeffrey Cook, passed away very suddenly in August of 2021 and we knew and worked with him on many occasions prior to that. His belief in us and encouragement to keep going was subtle but stronger than words can ever say and is a huge part of how and why we are here today.
Many of the other authors who’s books you’ll find in the bookstore were also contributors to one or more of the books in this series in many ways, and were helped in big and small ways over the years by Jeffrey in their writing careers. Many of us are still reeling over his absence. You can see that very clearly in his still running Facebook Page.
He, his team, and each books contributors to the WriterPunk series agreed to have all of the proceeds from these books donated to PAWS-Progressive Animal Welfare Society over the years, and we are going to pick that tradition up and carry it forward with an annual donation to PAWS in Jeffrey’s name from every book sold in the series here.
This is a way for us to honor him and the great things he did for his local community, PAWS, and authors all around for a long time to come. He is one of many that have already done this and there are many more on the way. We just haven’t added them to the store, and some of them haven’t been written yet.
Books are forever and these are ever memorable ones, in more ways than one. We miss and love you tremendously Jeffrey. R.I.P. (August 18, 2021)
We hope for this to just be the tip of the ice berg, and more anthologies like this one, and other products and items will be added over time so people can do more than just buy the product and support a cause. We hope it becomes a space that people visit to see and be reminded that there is a lot more goodness and help from people in the world already happening and it isn’t the cruel, dark, and twisted place it seems to be.