While cleaning out her office of old materials, Heritage’s Becky Norton Dunlop noticed the extensive collection of books for which she no longer had any room. They covered a wide range of topics—economics, foreign policy, political theory, and more. Many were written by prominent authors, some were signed, and others included multiple copies.
Dunlop, Heritage’s vice president of external relations, could not help but think how informative and beneficial they would be for the next generation to read. The question was how to get these books into the hands of eager young conservatives for a low price and a good cause. Hence, The Heritage Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Book Fair was started.
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.
The money was donated to two charities. The first, Wounded Warrior Project, works to help injured veterans adjust to life after their service and enjoy the liberties for which they courageously fought. The goal of the second charity, The Hugs Project, is to make sure American service members know they are appreciated by those who remain at home enjoying the freedom they provide. It prepares and sends care packages to military service men and women overseas.
Since the event began in 2009, Heritage has collected an increasing number of books, hitting its record this year. These donated books have entered the hands of more Americans than ever before.
An idea, initiative, appreciation, and generosity—these are characteristics that allow us to learn about, keep, and use our freedom to create an American in which it flourishes.