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My daughter Casey is a 7-year-old second grader. She has a nice life—takes piano and ballet, goes on a ton o’ play-dates, never has to worry about not having food on the table or goodies on her birthday. She’s a great kid, and I’m extremely proud of her. Extremely.

Last holiday season, we decided that it’d be great for Casey to have a toy drive to provide gifts for kids in Westchester County, N.Y. who might not have presents for the holiday (For those here thinking, “Isn’t Westchester a pretty well-off place to live?” let me assure you there are many downtrodden among us.). After initial trepidation, Casey got into the whole process, and we wound up donating a whopping 135 toys to Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. She learned some incredible lessons about how the world works; the misfortune of so many others; the power of giving. It was a phenomenal experience.

Now Casey is back, and so is her toy drive. Hence, this message. As I stated earlier, last year we donated 135 gifts. My goal is to beat that—for no other reason than (A) More toys=more happy kids; (B) Goals are fun.

Above is Casey’s hand-written letter. Anyone here who donates an unwrapped gift to the cause will received an autographed copy of one of my books, which I’ll send to you (or a designated recipient) ASAP.

Contact me at if you’re interested …

On behalf of Casey, much thanks,


PS: Here is the note my wife sent out:

PS: This is the letter my wife sent out:
Friends and Family,
We are all so fortunate to be able to provide our kids with toys for the holidays. I know my kids not only get from us, but from 3 sets of grandparents, some friends, aunts, cousins, etc. We are lucky. This year we want to teach our kids to be grateful for what we have by helping others who aren’t as fortunate. Casey is having a toy drive beginning now through mid December to provide gifts for kids in Westchester who might not have presents for the holidays. Please help Casey’s effort by buying any toy or book for a kid of any age. We would be happy to pick up from your home. In addition, feel free to forward this email to anyone you know to help the cause. Any child who wants to work with Casey on gathering and donating toys is welcome to join our toy drive.