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Changing lives with hands across the sea

by American Sailing Association 3 Oct 2018 10:16 PDT
Changing lives with hands across the sea © Zeke Quezada

This year 117 schools in the Eastern Caribbean will benefit from 90,050 books shipped to them from a donated warehouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

The kids will most likely never meet the throngs of volunteers who sorted, packed, donated and helped along the way to make this happen. They will know that Hands Across The Sea was behind the generosity and their libraries will be beaming with the energy that comes with new found resources.

If a kid in Dominica today only knew that all it took for his school library to have books was for a couple on a sailboat to land at the shores of the Caribbean. That couple, T.L. and Harriet Linskey, would be the change agent for a program that has touched upwards of 100,000 kids and donated close to half a million books to the Eastern Caribbean islands. The story is quite simple, a couple goes out on a blue water cruise and returns to start a program that ends up changing lives.

Today, Hands Across the Sea is in its 10th year and they continue to garner support for a program that is far-reaching and has no limits in terms of lives touched, " You won't know the full impact," co-founder Harriet Linskey said," You'll never know all the stories of success." Harriet shares stories of a bank teller, a future astronaut, and of readers and dreamers that all share the same experiences of having their world opened up with books – books that would never have been in their hands had it not been for Hands Across The Sea.

Read the full article here.

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