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Writer intends picture books to 'inspire readers to be compassionate, courageous, empathetic, 'can do' changemakers'

West Linn author Laura Lee Scott's award-winning children's books are big hits with all ages.

The books, including "The Santa Switch," "A Trip for Mrs. Claus" and "One Little Pig," feature empowering storylines, lovable characaters and richly detailed illustrations.

Scott intends the picture books to "inspire readers to be compassionate, courageous, empathetic, 'can do' changemakers in their schools, communities and the world."COURTESY PHOTO  - Patti Serres, left, founder of Bloomin Boutique, and West Linn author Laura Lee Scott pose with items they are supplying children in the foster care system. Bloomin Boutique affords children a shopping experience for items they need and want. Scott recently donated 115 of her book 'One Little Pig' to Bloomin Boutique, and has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds so she can continue to donate books to the nonprofit.

"I regularly read these books in local schools, donate them to many places in need and use them to speak with children about the importance of kindness, courage, compassion, empathy and equality," she said.

"One Little Pig" is a reinvented fairy tale starring a wise, courageous pig who teaches three wayward wolves the meaning of life and the ripple effect of compassion.

"I recently donated 115 copies of 'One Little Pig" to be included in 'sweet cases' created for children entering Oregon's foster care system," Scott said.

She donated the books to Bloomin' Boutique, an Oregon City nonprofit founded by Patti Serres.

Bloomin' Boutique is dedicated to helping build self-esteem, dignity and respect. The nonprofit collects donated items like duffel bags and backpacks for children to use instead of the standard garbage bags provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

"They're usually given a trash bag by DHS in which to store their things," Serres said. "To children who are already experiencing a deep sense of loss and abandonment, this can inadvertenly send a very negative message."

Bloomin' Boutique was recently given a large donation of sturdy, new duffle bags, each containing a blanket, teddy bear, first-aid kit and a coloring book and crayons; Scott donated copies of "One Little Pig" to the effort.

"This book is perfect for these children because it's about the empowering ripple effect of compassion and courage, and the ability to overcome all obstacles," Serres said.

Bloomin' Boutique is set up like a store and staffed by volunteers who act as personal shoppers, guiding each child who visits through well-organized racks of donations, including new clothing, shoes, bedding, toys, books, hygiene items and more. The children select exactly what they want and need.

"Our goal is to help each child feel truly special and cared for while in the boutique," Serres said.

"When they leave they're not only taking items with them they can use and find comfort in, they're receiving an empowering and lasting feeling of hope as well," she said. "It's amazing how often we hear from former foster children who remember with incredible gratitude the genuine love and compassion that was shown to them in their time of need. Not surprisingly, they're usually the ones who feel inspired to pay it forward to others."

"I have created a GoFundMe campaign specifically to help me continue to give these books away to children in need," Scott said.

To donate to the GoFundMe campaign visit https://tinyurl.com/wwfkuwd.

To learn more about Bloomin' Boutique visit bloominboutique.org.

To learn more about Laura Lee Scott and her books visit lauraleescott.com.


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