It started almost a year ago. A friend of mine, Tristi Pinkston who is both a talented writer and a great person, was with her family, visiting The Festival of Trees, which contributes all its proceeds to Primary Children's Hospital. While there, she was hit with the desire to do something with her own talents to help out. But what to do? she wondered. Then it came to her. She knows how to write, and how to edit, and she could get a group of writers to write uplifting, hopeful Christmas stories, compile them into a book, and then sell copies at the Festival of Trees, with all of the proceeds going to Primary Children's. That was when she started her project, contacting authors she knew, and asking if any would help to contribute. Many of us eagerly jumped on board, and wrote short Christmas stories, poems, and songs, all for this fantastic idea that Tristi came up with. Over the course of the year, we've polished the stories, with Tristi's and others' help, and despite some unforseen things, and a lot of hard work on Tristi's part, there are books now ready to sell at the Festival. All the proceeds will go to Primary Children's Hospital. If you have the chance, and if you live in Utah, I hope you are able to visit The Festival of Trees. It is a wonderful cause, and will help so many people if you can contribute. And while you're there ask about The Hope of Christmas: Finding Joy in the Season... which contains many uplifting stories by authors like J. Lloyd Morgan, Jaclyn Weist, Michael D. Young, and others, including a story I wrote, called The Christmas Sparrows. If you're so inclined, pick up a copy for yourself. Or get one for someone else! And remember that you're helping out a great cause.
Loralee Evans is the author of several novels including The Birthright, The Shores of Bountiful, Felicity~ A Sparrow's Tale, and Felicity and the Fire Stoppers. When she's not writing, she enjoys teaching, running, being with her family, and reading all sorts of good books, including the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J. Scott Savage, Rachel Ann Nunes, James Dashner, and others.