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Animal Shelters receive The Dream Travelers – From the Beginning

Copies of The Dream Travelers were recently donated to two No-Kill animal shelters at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO.  Pictured is Donna Morris (and Campy the Cat), Ex. Dir. of Dogwood Animal Shelter and Kathy Lang , Thrift Shop Manager at Ozarks Kat and K9 (formerly STAFF).  All book proceeds will benefit these wonderful organizations and the homeless animals they serve.

Dogwood donationSTAFF donation

Every child needs to Dream Travel

Linda was a KCMOPD detective, and handled many domestic and child abuse cases.  She would have wanted to give all children the opportunity to Dream Travel … especially those in a bad situation.  Accepting donated copies of The Dream Travelers-From the Beginning is Webster County Victim Assistance Shelter Coordinator, Brandy Gossage.

WC Victim Assist

Dreaming On in Seymour

Another donation for Linda’s Legacy, at the Seymour Public Library, Seymour, MO.  Pictured is librarian Delores, accepting a copy of The Dream Travelers- From the Beginning … in memory of Linda and in honor of Cathy Bright, the wonderful Seymour Elementary School librarian.

Delores Seymour Library

Dream Travelers add to Linda’s Legacy

Cindi Mother & LindaCindi Mother & LindaLinda’s Legacy hits the country, as five new Dream Travelers received their donated books.  In a giveaway through the Missouri Electric Co-op, Rural Magazine held a contest for children throughout the state.  Following is a list of the hometowns of kids joining the Dream Travelers journey.  Welcome aboard!

Cindi Mother & LindaB.B. – Jefferson City, MO; K.G. – Wentzville, MO; K.F. – Elkland, MO; B.W. – Marble Hill, MO; and T.E. – Fair Grove, MO

Cindi, Linda and our Mother

Dreaming it Forward in ’15

Linda’s Legacy continues as The Dream Travelers – From the Beginning is donated to the Ozarks Literacy Council.  Pictured is OLC Executive Director, Becky Lucas, who will use the book as part of the organization’s Child Literacy program.OLC pic

Dreaming it Forward in St Louis

We continued Linda’s Legacy this week with a donation to Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis.  Barb Sacco, Director of Child Life,  said she was touched by the ‘story behind the story’ and was happy to receive The Dream Travelers-From the Beginning for the Shriner’s children who sometimes spent months at the hospital.



Dreaming It Forward in the Ozarks

To continue Linda’s Legacy in Springfield, MO, the following received copies of The Dream Travelers – From the Beginning: Rana Post, Child Life Coordinator, CoxHealth Hospital; Ashley Wilson, Child Life Manager, Mercy Hospital, Crosby Keller, Ronald McDonald House, and for the Robberson Community School, (on left) Chris Mechlin,Community Resource Coordinator and Principal Kevin Huffman (right).


Dreaming it Forward to Mayo’s children

Who could use a Dream Traveling adventure more than a sick child?  We were delighted to continue Linda’s Legacy with donations to Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center.  Pictured is Lynn Benrud, Mayo Volunteer Services, who will hand out our 10 books to sick children who are here for extended medical care.  Mayo is a fantastic hospital, full of compassionate people and doctors who are absolute experts in their field.  The Children’s Center is bright and cherry, the building complex awesome.

Dream Traveling isn’t just for kids!

Meet Bonnie Doherty, a new friend.  Bonnie saw an article on the internet about The Dream Travelers.  She wrote to tell me she thought the book would be interesting, and she was also touched by the ‘story behind the story’ and Linda’s Legacy.  Bonnie lives in a retirement care center, but said she hoped “a few of us can go in together to buy a copy of the book.”  I surprised Bonnie with a visit and copy of the book.  She said she’s excited to begin Dream Traveling, and then wants to Dream It Forward by sharing the book with friends.Bonnie

In honor of Linda

My sister Linda was an amazing person, who had many artistic talents and interests as well as a very determined mindset.  When she was 37 years old, she went through the Kansas City Mo. Police Academy.  After being a patrol officer, Linda became a detective, handling major cases including homicide, kidnapping, sex crimes and child abuse.  She had heart-wrenching experiences … especially with young victims of sex abuse or neglect.  Some of her victims were taken care of at one of the country’s premier hospitals for children, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. As part of Linda’s Legacy, I thought it only appropriate to donate books to Children’s Mercy – specifically their SCAN clinic – a unit that takes care of abused or neglected children.  Pictured below is Shelly Nicole, a wonderful person who works in Volunteer Services at the hospital, graciously accepting The Dream Travelers for her patients to enjoy. CMH book signingCMH, Shelly

… From the Beginning

(No picture available) Cindi Elli and Linda Leslie grew up in the Kansas City area, where they attended Eastwood Hills Elementary School.  On Sept. 17, a copy of The Dream Travelers was donated to Eastwood Hills, to be enjoyed by a new generation of Dream Travelers!

Linda’s Legacy Dreams On

Children in Webster County, Missouri will begin the school year with a new book to enjoy.  The Dream Travelers was recently donated to Garst Memorial Library in Marshfield.  Terri York, executive director for the library (on right) accepted the book, of which she said, “has a very intriguing premise.

WC library donation

Dreaming it Forward

The Dream Travelers book was donated to Gayle Bodenhamer, librarian for Strafford Elementary in Strafford, MO.

strafford donation

For the Young at Heart

As part of Linda’s Legacy, a donation of The Dream Travelers was made to Springfield retirement village, Creekside at Elfindale.  Pictured (from left) is librarian Merle, Cindi Elli and Cindi’s mother, Martha.

Creekside pic