Published November 5, 2018
The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
(CSVANW) is kicking off its 4th Annual Holiday Book Drive this holiday season to help children who have experienced violence cope through storytelling with first-time partner with Red Planet Books & Comics.
Each year, CSVANW’s Holiday Book Drive serves to benefit children who will spend the holidays in a shelter due to domestic violence.
Since its inception, CSVANW and past partner Shumakolowa have donated more than 700 new Native American-themed books for shelters throughout New Mexico. This year, CSVANW will collaborate with Red Planet Books & Comics
, a Native American-owned business in Downtown Albuquerque, because the store features culturally-relevant options of books and comics from Native and indigenous artist and writers.
Studies show that children who witness violence in their homes may exhibit adjustment difficulties. “These children also often have lower self-esteem and are prone to anxiousness, worry and fear. Reading provides a safe escape for them and an opportunity for connection, and providing books for children and their families helps create a sense of normalcy,” says Angel Charley, CSVANW’s Membership and Outreach Coordinator.
“Really, what we are doing is trying to help kids be kids,” Charley says.
“We believe that reading and sharing stories with Native youth are essential to their development as strong Native individuals and we are thrilled to collaborate with CSVANW in getting as many books to Native kiddos,” said Lee Francis, owner of Red Planet Comics and Books
, founder of Indigenous Comic Con and CEO of Native Realities.
The official kick off of CSVANW’s Little One Holiday Book Drive took place during the 2018 Indigenous Comic Con
, a three-day indigenous pop-culture convention that features indigenous creators, illustrators, writers and actors from industries such as sci-fi, games, film, TV and graphics novels at the Isleta Resort and Casino this past weekend.
To donate a book, a wide selection is available at the Red Planet Books & Comics
,1002 Park Avenue SW, in Albuquerque. To make a book donation or to make a monetary donation, the Coalition will have a booth at the 2018 Indigenous Comic Con. CSVANW will also accept new book donations at their office, 4600 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste B202, Albuquerque.
The drive will operate now through December 14, 2018.