Salvation Army Christmas 2021
Just as we did last year, Adventure Sports Newmarket Divers will be sponsoring another family.
This year's family is a single mom with 2 young children and a grandma that has been very ill in recent months. Mom has stated that she doesn't care about gifts for her so much, but is hoping to give the children a nice Christmas.
Hey! A new children's book featuring ocean life is here!
If you have enjoyed "Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends" or "Gracie Green Turtle Finds Her Beach", then you are going to enjoy Paul's latest book, "Larry Loggerhead Travels to the Sea Turtle Hospital."
Larry Loggerhead the sea turtle has suffered a severe injury to his shell due to passing boats in the area, and needs medical attention. His friends come to his aid, helping him on his journey to the Sea Turtle Hospital, and they meet other interesting critters along the way.
(SPOILER ALERT): Happily, Larry Loggerhead makes it to the hospital, and his stay there is documented in photos as the staff tend his injuries, help him recover, and finally, release him back into the ocean!
This sweet book is filled with interesting facts about sea turtles and other ocean animals, and demonstrates an empathy and caring for one another that is very touching. The colourful photos inside depict the sea turtles and other ocean creatures from Paul's own photography, and will give you and your little one lots of things to talk about. Enjoy!
Salvation Army Family Sponsorship
Jody and I have decided to sponsor a family through the Salvation Army this year. We started shopping from the family wish list today!
We have been asked by some of our amazing divers if we are going to do a charity event in lieu of our annual Christmas charity dinner, so we thought we would extend an invitation to you to join us; either through sponsoring your own youth/family, or shop from our list as well. Our family is a single mom with 4 kids, and their needs and wants are listed below. They know they cannot expect everything on their list, but sponsors do what they can.
I have listed their needs on the left, and their wants/wishes on the right. I will try to keep this as up to date as possible:
13 year-old boy
8 year-old girl
6 year-old girl
2 year-old boy
I had already enjoyed Paul’s first children’s book, “Harry Hawksbill helps his friends”, and now I have the opportunity to read Paul’s second book, “Gracie Green Turtle finds her beach” with my little granddaughter.
Paul’s colourful underwater photography illustrates the story for the reader, and while you read about poor Gracie’s plight looking for a beach so she can lay her eggs, you learn a little bit about sea turtles and the challenges they are facing as they share this planet with us humans.
It is a wonderful and playful way for a little one to learn about ocean conservation and the impact we humans have on marine life and the health of the marine eco system. My granddaughter was mesmerized by the photos of the sea turtles, and peppered me with question after question about them!
Thank you for another sweet tale to share with the kids, Paul; the more we learn, the more we love, the more we can help, because:
“People protect what they love…”
You can find Paul’s children’s books here (along with some of his scuba-thriller novels):
Paul’s local paper recently interviewed him about his diving, underwater photography, and books:
by Jill Smith