In 2009, Heritage vice president Becky Norton Dunlop was reorganizing her office when she realized she no longer had room for the majority of her books. Dunlop, who oversees Heritage’s external relations, thought that young conservatives would benefit greatly from the materials and opinions presented in these books. So, she and others in her department started The Heritage Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Book Fair.
The book fair for Heritage staff turned into an annual event, each year more successful than the previous. Heritage intern Santina Scarcella describes this year’s recently-concluded fair:
The 2013 Wounded Warriors Book Fair did not fall short of its purpose. As the fair quickly approached, books flooded the Heritage building. Staff and friends donated biographies, political and economic books, novels, Bibles, and DVDs. Donations of $25, $50, $100, $200, and even $750 arrived, and the book fair raised a total of $2,726.
Proceeds from the book fair are split between two charities: Wounded Warrior Project and The Hugs Project. The Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is “to honor and empower wounded warriors” by helping wounded service members. The Hugs Project prepares and sends care packages to military service personnel worldwide.
“An idea, initiative, appreciation, and generosity—these are characteristics,” Scarcella explains, “that allow us to learn about, keep, and use our freedom to create an American in which it flourishes.”
What sort of things do you do to help those in need?