#SmartCookiePR: Albert The Albatross Takes Flight

December 6, 2019

For Immediate Release

Chelsea DeVries

Publicist

smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

Children’s Book Author of Debut Book Brings ‘Albert The Albatross’ To Sanford For Hometown Signing

You can see Oscar Redden IV appear at two upcoming events. [click each event for the formal press release]

Sanford Jingle Jam Press Release

For more on the Jingle Jam, see the event page on Facebook

Brooksville Christmas Parade

For more on the parade, see the event page on Facebook

For more on Oscar’s events, please follow The Smart Cookie Philes on all networks, and Like Albert The Albatross on Facebook.

 

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose The Christina Grimmie Foundation

Other than the fact that I stand with the two benefactors of the foundation: those affected by gun violence and those affected by breast cancer, I met Christina Grimmie and believe that if she did live, I would have worked with her in some regard.

I created the Rock The Socks Off! collection in her honor because she was an absolute bright light musically and personally.

It was an absolute tragedy when she was gunned down during a meet and greet because those were her absolute favorite thing about performing live is that she got the chance to meet and chat with her fans afterward.

She was just such a warm and kind person, and didn’t deserve that fateful ending.

socks.jpgEach pair of socks gives $5 to the Christina Grimmie Foundation.

You can purchase some here and they retail for $15.99

Outside of the blatant reason of meeting Christina while working another concert, I can say that music has always played a huge part in my life. I grew up wanting to be a professional singer, I learned how to play piano and can read music, and I was a girl drummer.

I have also been told that some of my poetry could be set to music and turned into songs.

 

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose AdoptAClassroom for My Second Cause

I chose Adopt A Classroom because when I was young I wanted to be a teacher. Once I didn’t go to school for it because my parents would constantly tell me how their was no money in it, they were mostly right.

Teachers are responsible for paying for a lot including the supplies needed for their own classroom and they are lucky if they make more than $40,000 a year.

I don’t think that is right so I chose this cause because I believe teachers should get help everywhere they can.

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Each tote retails for $15.99 with about $3 of that benefiting the cause.

The cookie is shown sitting on her board with a book and drinking coffee.

The book proclaims the message “Reading is Rad.”

Just a further important message for our youth and can be shared to benefit and by our educators.

You can purchase one here and help benefit various types of classrooms including special needs, and classrooms affected by weather related devastation.

 

 

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose Bess The Book Bus (The Story Behind My Logo)

You all already know that I am a huge bibliophile.

Yet, you probably don’t know why I chose Bess The Book Bus as the cause behind the shirt with the main logo design.

It all started when the Sheckler Foundation granted Bess The Book Bus as one of their $10,000 Be The Change grants which they utilized to create the Boards and Books Tour.

You see, there is nothing I love more than skateboarding.

I find the sport and the athletes that participate in it to be very inspiring to me as a writer. There is almost an artistic side to the sport. Have you ever watched a guy in the skatepark flip a board and himself in the air?

That to me is the perfect combination of physics and artistry.

It’s almost like dance but with a small wooden board on wheels.

Don’t believe me? Watch this:

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So they won and I thought it was the coolest thing. Boards For Bros. gave out skateboards to kids, and Bess The Book Bus gave out books.

They are a mobile library with books that provide reading material to kids in impoverished communities. They are Tampa based so they are local to my area.

That is why the cookie is reading and boarding at the same time. This was going toward the initiative. Yet, by the time I designed the shirt, the Books and Boards tour was over.

Now I just collect donations for Bess The Book Bus because I believe that all kids everywhere have proper access to books and the knowledge and escape they provide.

Now you know. You can purchase one here and they are available in a variety of colors.

The shirt retails at $21.99 with $6 a shirt being donated to Bess The Book Bus.

And no, the rest goes toward the printing and materials necessary for Teespring to make the shirts.

Other items within this campaign benefit the running and content creation of this site.

All items within my shop are based on the foundational belief that reading is the best activity this world has to offer and they all cater to that notion.

Bibliophiles should have a cute mug to drink their coffee out of.

Bibliophiles should have cute totes to carry their books in.

Bibliophiles should have a blanket that fits them from head to toe while they read.

Bibliophiles should have socks to wear, a beach towel to use while they read oceanside or poolside, and bibliophiles should have a backpack that carries their laptop and textbooks.

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose Project Semicolon (New Merch Product Reveal) #EndTheStigma

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)

Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)

There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. (CDC)

Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)

Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. (CDC)

The highest suicide rates in the US are among Whites, American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)

80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TADS study)

An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).

There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)

There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)FB_IMG_1574286804756

I was recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression but have battled it my entire life. At the age of 12, I attempted suicide, and have had recurring episodes of suicidal thoughts since. I also battle symptoms of anxiety and have suffered multiple panic attacks. It can be crippling and you almost feel as if you can’t discuss it.

Most sick days I’ve ever called out of work have been mental health days.

Yet, it’s not yet globally accepted to use a sick day for your mental health.

One thing people don’t know about me is I suffer with social anxiety. In public places, I hate calling attention to myself. And if I have to address groups of people it makes me anxious. I believe I have always suffered this since I was young but started noticing it while in college which makes sense because I actually had a lot of people emotionally abuse me and socially reject me in some sense while I attended school there.

We should end the stigma.

Every purchase of this backpack will benefit Project Semicolon which is a great cause that uses a semi colon to show that your story has not come to an end…you can keep fighting.
We have to help people everywhere understand that help is available, mental health is vital for well-being, and suicide is never the answer.

You can purchase a backpack here and 100% of profit goes to Project Semicolon.

I am also running a Facebookfundraiser that you can donate to and all money raised will be donated by Facebook to Project Semicolon.