Help Make Sure Students Receive Free Book by Local Author This Holiday Season


Each Christmas time over the past five years, V.I. First Lady Cecile deJongh has distributed Caribbean focused books to the all students in kindergarten through third grades.

Distributing books to local students at Christmas parties across the territory, has become a beloved Holiday tradition from Frederiksted to Coral Bay. A tradition which is in danger of being halted this year, unless public support funds publication.

Special Projects Coordinator Alice Krall is leading a campaign to raise $60,000 in order to cover costs of printing between 7,000 to 8,000 copies of St. John author Cristina Kessler’s “Hope is Here!”

The books tells the tale of Hope, a seashore bird of the whimbrel species, who captures the imagination of bird-watchers both local and around the world with yearly migrations between the Northwest Territories of Canada and St. Croix.

“Hope is Here!” will be a high quality, fully illustrated hardcover book. The special edition, commissioned by the Office of the Governor for the children of the territory, is limited in number and produced in a single edition.

All sponsors of “Hope is Here!” will be thanked in print in the book and will also receive two copies signed by the author. Major underwriters will have their logos included on the back cover of the special edit.

Make checks out to Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, and mail to P.O. Box 11790, St. Thomas, USVI, 00801-4790. 
CFVI is a 501(3)c non-profit organization and donations will be tax-deductible. All donors will receive a letter from CFVI acknowledging the gift. Children who do not attend the Governor’s holiday party will receive their books through their schools or libraries.
For more information, contact Government House Protocol Coordinator Armecia Martin at (340)-693-4381 or