Murrieta students receive books and backpacks thanks to the author’s donation

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MURRIETA, CA – The Department of Community Outreach and a local children’s book author donated backpacks and school supplies to some of Southwest Riverside County’s most needy students this year.

Author Tamika Burgess has explained why she wanted to help out with the ministry that cares for children of incarcerated parents run by Bob Davies and Mona Salomo-Davies.

“I would never have written my book if I hadn’t prayed and sought God’s will for my life. Along with this desire to follow God’s plan, it was in 2021 that he spoke to me about to be a giver,” Burgess said.

Hayden Gregory holds her backpack, donated by author Tamika Burgess through the Community Outreach Ministry. (Courtesy of the Department of Community Relations).

Inspired by Proverbs 31:20, she contacted Dr. Salomo-Davies with a desire to provide school supplies and backpacks to children in need.

Burgess sees parallels between the ministry and his first book. In the story, the character learns to use their voice and be proud of who they are while confronting prejudice in the most unexpected places.

She added, “It’s been an honor to take some of the financial burden off those caring for these children and to play a part in preparing them for a successful school year.”

Burgess’ book, “Sincerely Sicily” is published by Harper Collins and will be released in January 2023.

For years, the Davies family has worked to break the cycle of incarceration by giving at-risk children a second chance to be winners and champions through year-round programs. Fundraisers help, but donations such as those received from Burgess have been greatly appreciated.

A fundraiser on September 15 further supports their efforts to bring Christmas to children, according to Bob Davies.

The community is invited to join the ministry at their Christmas gift basket fundraiser on Thursday, September 15 from 5-9 p.m. during Market Nights in downtown Murrieta. Find us at Chapel Coffee Campus, 24941 Washington Avenue.

“Your support lets these children know that they are still loved and cherished by their incarcerated parents,” said Bob Davies.

For details, call (951) 698-7650 or email [email protected]

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