Update October 7, 2005

We couldn't turn something around with a publisher fast enough, so we are reproducing the materials with the help of various office/copy centers. We've scanned many of the letters, and hope to have them all scanned before they're distributed. We have permission slips signed to reprint their artwork and/or letters in full or in part for publications in magazines, books, etc. Those parents who have not signed a slip yet may still do so, but we will keep items without permissions seperate from those that have permissions, so as to be sure they aren't published in any way until the parents have signed off.

October 3, 2005

2:28 a.m.

My partner and I have a project that needs to be turned around within 24-48 hours, and we need a seasoned professional like you to help us pull it off. Some people might say it's impossible. But in the last week we've learned that anything's possible. Forgive me if this letter doesn't fit the rules of a traditional query. It's past midnight, and I'm preparing to embark on a national media frenzy in the next couple of days.

It's about kids, anyway. And kids make up the rules as they go along.

I am THRILLED to be working on a campaign designed by kids to empower kids to make a HUGE impact in helping The American Red Cross get closer to raising the projected $2 Billion dollars needed specifically for Hurricane Survivors' immediate needs. Right now the Red Cross doesn't even have half of what they need. Our campaign is called T.L.C., which stands for "Trick or Treat for the Levee Catastrophe (AKA "Trick or Treat for Loose Change")" Those aren't typos, that's how the 10-year-old Founder and CEO wants it.

Our grassroots effort has caught fire across the nation. Even the world! We just had our first donation from Israel! We have raised over $150,000 in one week. Our goal is to raise one million dollars by November first. Secretly, the two moms behind the campaign think we can get it considerably higher, one nickel at a time.

As part of our overall campaign, we're launching the "You've Got a Friend in Me" week. Here's where the book idea comes in:

FUNdraisers (children ages 5 - 13) will write letters to the children who need the FUNds. The letters will be hand delivered by me to children in a shelter on the Gulf Coast. The hurricane survivors will write back. Little ones will color pictures. Friendships will ignite.

We see a couple of book possibilities out of this:
*A book consisting of the letters between the children
*A children's book conceived and illustrated by the hurricane survivors telling a story of what it's like to live through this experience.

I'm a mom of twin 5 year old girls. I've struggled with how to explain to them what this hurricane stuff is all about. Who better to explain it to a child, then children who have lived through it?

Our sense of urgency is this: We need to partner with a publisher who can very quickly (within the next couple of days) work with us to copy all the letters that will be going back and forth over the next week, so that there's not much lag time to get them to their intended recipients. Here are two links to give you a little more background: http://halloweenhelpers.blogspot.com/2005/10/media-alerts.html, http://halloweenhelpers.blogspot.com/2005/09/urgent-need-jet-or-seats-on-commercial.html.

We are having all parents fill out permissions to release artwork and letters to us for this purpose. I hope you'll understand that given our time constraints, we are contacting a few select agents all at once.

Thank you for your consideration.


Anne Ginther
515-226-3357 office


CC. Dana Leman, my partner on this T.L.C. adventure, and the mother of T.L.C.'s founder.


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