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Aug 21 2011

A good man needs some help.

DuWayne Brayton has asked that I help spread the word regarding his recent request for reading materials on how to deal with some problems he’s having with his developmentally difficult children. I’m more than happy to help, given that the majority of the books on his Amazon wish list are ~$10, and he’s been a stalwart ally in issues that I’ve considered important in the past, so this is but reciprocation.

Though money is extremely tight at the moment, we are scraping by. But there is a need, or at least something akin to a need that isn’t being met nearly so well as I would like. That would be books. Specifically, that would be books that are either references that are most useful to have around permanently and activity (mostly science) books that would also be more useful to have permanently. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to borrow books, but there are just some books that would be better to keep around.

Because of Caleb’s (nine year old) emotional issues, coupled with attention deficit problems that are in the range of as extreme as it can get, he is in a educational situation that is more behavior/social functioning focused, than academically focused. He is getting some reading, writing and math, but science and history/social studies are virtually non-existent.

Because of all that, I would like to invite anyone who can afford (mostly) ten bucks or less, to order something for us off my Amazon wishlist for the boys. For the most part they are boys that are directly intended for the boys, with some others that are books on parenting children with the sorts of problems that Caleb has. I am also going to be adding books to help children deal with the loss of a parent. Though I would assume their mother is still alive, she is no longer a part of their lives and I am not sure she will ever be. This has me delving into extremely unfamiliar territory.

I’m sure you know DuWayne from the comment threads around here or over at Greg Laden’s. He’s been struggling to raise his kids alone while trying to get a degree on the side, and he’s been doing, frankly, far better than I imagine I could in the same situation. I’ve gifted him with one of the books on coping, and if you check out the page, you’ll see not only what books he considers a high priority, but what books are already purchased (as they’ll turn to “Add to cart” rather than “Give as a gift”). That way you won’t have to worry about accidentally giving him something he already has.

I don’t like to ask for charity too often — I really try not to make a habit of begging. When I do, though, I try to maximize the good it will do. Given DuWayne’s situation, giving him the gift of information will cost you hardly a thing at $10 per book, and will benefit him and his children immeasurably. If you can, please help him.

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    DuWayne

    Thanks Jason, I appreciate this post and the book. And thanks Bailey, I appreciate the book and my children will appreciate what I have to work with.

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    Mechelle

    *tries this again on laptop*

    Jason, would love to help. Would it be more convenient if I purchased a gift code from Amazon and just give him the redemption code? Not sure where he’s located.

    If he’d rather I just “buy this book as a gift” then I need more info, don’t want to duplicate an order and buy one that someone else has already bought.

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    Jason Thibeault

    Mechelle, if you go to Amazon’s wish list page it will show you all the “available” books with the button marked “Give as a gift”, while the books that he’s already received should show as “Add to cart” (which will add it to your cart as though it’s going to be sent to your own house, rather than his). There’s also an option at the top of the page where you can toggle between purchased and not-yet-purchased.

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    khan

    It seems I managed to send a book.

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