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Day of Caring - Saturday, November 20, 2021
Our first annual Day of Caring donation drive was a great success. The board of directors, collaborators and community members opened their hearts and contributed generously. As a result, many boxes were filled to distribute this winter. The "boxes of goodness" will be distributed to local non-profit organizations and the Community Engagement Office of the City of Pittsburgh Police providing resources to share with our unsheltered community members in need.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Partners with Books Bridge Hope to Assist Unsheltered Communities
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2021) - When Lillie Leonardi, a 26-year veteran of law enforcement and former FBI Community Affairs Coordinator, lost her job and livelihood after being diagnosed with PTSD, she turned to intensive therapy, meditation, journaling, and reading books.
"Through my community service work, past and present, I began to see that I had common ground with the homeless. I lost my job due to mental health issues. My fear was insurmountable. I couldn't function well. That is the genesis of "Box of Goodness."
Leonardi, who has personally funded the initiative since its inception, also works with an impassioned network of volunteers who help source and assemble contents for each box. Each Box of Goodness is filled to the brim with books, magazines, and writing supplies in direct response to countless requests for reading materials that help fill the long, empty hours on the street or in a shelter. Warm socks, toiletries and non-perishable food are also included.
"This initiative not only provides compassionate care to the unsheltered community, but also allows law enforcement, the Books Bridge Hope Board of Directors, community collaborators, and volunteers to bring forth their best efforts in service to others," said Leonardi.
Author Series with GetSetUp
Passages & Prose, LLC, in collaboration with GetSetUp presented an Author Series. This 6-week series highlighted authors that pen in various genres, including the following authors:
- J.D. Wylde
- Donald Firesmith
- Ellen Roth
- Lisa Donovan
- Madhu Bazaz Wangu
- Brian Jacob
Inspiring Women Authors [Recap]
International Women's Day was celebrated at Barnes & Noble, Settlers Ridge with the gathering of five of the area's inspirational women. Jennifer Bannon and Judy Bannon, authors of Five Ladies and a Forklift, Lillie Leonardi, author of In the Shadown of a Badge, Mary Grace Musuneggi, author of A Man is not a Plan, and Christine Mabone, author of Comfort Food - Amazing Friends and the Everyday Stories that Happen Around Food gathered round the table to share their stories and their life journeys.
Magical Moments [Recap]
When in February do as those in love do! Six of this area's romance authors joined together at the table for an evening of adventure, chocolate, and, of course, romance. Local authors included: Charlotte Dancisin, Dana Faletti, Ellen Roth, Nicholas Stevens, Sarah Wagner and J.D. Wylde who shared their stories of love, second chances and fairy tales for adults.
An Evening with Author J.D. Wylde [Recap]
Wednesday, October 23rd, J.D. Wylde celebrated with a book chat the release of her novel, When Love Plays Softly. This is the 11th novel she has released. It's a story of doubt and obsession, but when lives are endangered and the future is on the brink of extinction, a story of faith, trust, and, of course, love.
"Angels Among Us" [Recap]
On Thursday, September 26th, Lillie Leonardi gave an enlightening, inspiring chat about heavenly Angels Among Us. She spoke of angelic encounters, her law enforcement career, and the miraculous event she witnessed at the horrific 9/11 Flight 93 crash site. All who attended left inspired and in awe.
I believe. Do you?
Book Presentation [Recap]
Tuesday, September 3rd Lillie Leonardi presented her book, In the Shadow of the Badge, which details her life-altering experience responding to the Flight 93 crash site, which forever changed her life.
I believe. Do you?
Flight 93 Memorial Pilgrimage [Recap]
On August 24, 2019 Lillie Leonardi made a pilgrimage to the Flight 93 Memorial located in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. She made the journey accompanied by clergy, friends and healers. The purpose was to meditate, pray and foster healing for 9/11 responders, recovery workers, and all those in need.
Participants met at the Memorial Plaza. Prayers were offered in quiet reflection for the sacred site.
I believe. Do you?
Whispers 3: An Evening of Intuitive Enlightenment [Recap]
Katie Kelly is an experienced Psychic Medium who specializes in connecting with departed loved ones, guardian angels and spirit guides. Elesha LeLe Morris is an intuitive painter who connects with spirit through her acrylics.
The enchanted evening was hosted by Christy Leslie, Are You Intuit, and Passages & Prose, LLC.
I believe! Do you?