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Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Partners with Books Bridge Hope to Assist Unsheltered Community Members
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.
Magical Moments [Recap]
Six of Pittsburgh's notable romance authors joined together at the table for a book chat about their romance novels. Local authors included: Charlotte Dancisin, Dana Faletti, Ellen Roth, Nicholas Stevens, Sarah Wagner and J.D. Wylde. The writers shared their stories of love, second chances and happy endings.
An Evening with Author J.D. Wylde [Recap]
Author J.D. Wylde celebrated the launch of her 11th novel titled, When Love Plays Softly. The book is written as an inspirational romance that tells a tale of doubt, obsession and lives endangered. It also relates a story of faith, trust, and of course, love.