Books for Boys Project

Introducing… The Books for Boys Project

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When I’ve worked for companies in the past that give back to their communities, I have been incredibly proud. So when we started Spaceships and Laser Beams, I knew that “giving” needed to be a priority, even though we’re quite a small business. In our industry, we’re fortunate to be able to throw fun — and sometimes lavish — parties for our sons and daughters. But that’s not the reality for a lot of children. Part of our mission here at Spaceships and Laser Beams is the belief that happy childhoods are about making the everyday special. As a result, a portion of every sale goes to charity. 

With the new year ahead, we wanted to change things up a bit. As most people know, we have a focus on parties for boys. This year, we want to integrate that focus into our charitable giving efforts. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while, and right now everything has aligned to make it happen. I am beyond thrilled to announce the “Books for Boys Project.”

The statistics are staggering and consistent. Boys don’t read as much as girls and often their literacy skills lag behind. With the Books for Boys Project, we want to do our small part in helping foster a life long love of reading in boys. We’re going to start small and build. As a first step, we’ll be purchasing books that appeal to boys and then donating them to charities and not-for-profit groups where they have the most impact. The charity will receive a package of about $100 worth of high quality books that are gender neutral or boy-focused.

I am dropping off our first package of books next week. I’m pretty excited about it. There’s a local not for profit that provides a supervised place for children to spend court-ordered time with their non-custodial parent(s). Often they have been separated from their parent(s) because of the parent’s issues with drugs or, even, because of abuse. It’s critical that the children in this program have a place that feels safe and welcoming considering the vulnerable position they are in. It breaks my heart to know that there are children in the world who are even in these types of situations. 

There’s an opportunity for you to be involved with the Books for Boys Project. We want to hear about great charities and non profit groups (Canada/USA only at this point) that can use this type of donation. We’ll then connect with the ones that have seem to have the best fit to try and get books to them over the next year. You can leave the names of the charities in the comments section and we will follow up wherever possible.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.