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Help to 'Cultivate Kindness' by Helping This Children's Book Get Published

The Specht family of Sound Beach hopes to inspire little acts of kindness and commemorate their late son through a new children's book.

Photo Courtesy of Indiegogo.com
Photo Courtesy of Indiegogo.com

A children’s book is being published to honor the memory of a little boy whose life was cut short on the eve of Hurricane Sandy, but the publisher needs your help.

“A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness,” a children’s book written by Rich Specht, a father who lost his 22-month-old son Rees in a tragic accident in the backyard pond, follows the adventures of a young farmer named Little Rees Specht who discovers that kindness is a seed that needs to be cultivated in order to spread. 

The Specht family, of Sound Beach, hope to publish the book themselves, and have taken to the crowd-funding site Indiegogo to raise the funds. 

“The idea for ‘A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness’ came to me while I was teaching,” wrote Rich on his blog ReesSprechtLife.com. “I felt like I had the perfect idea for a story that would tie Rees’ love of tractors with the movement that we started in his name.” 

In addition to the book, the Spechts have established a foundation in Rees’ name, called ReesSpecht Life Foundation, with the goal of “reminding people of the importance of community, compassion and civility.”

“We believe we can make this world a better place, one Rees’ Piece at a time,” reads Rich’s website.

So far, the family has raised $10,780 out of their goal of $20,000 from money culled from the donations of 193 funders. The fundraising campaign is live on Indiegogo until June 18. 

Help Honor Rees by Donating to the Cause: Help the Spechts reach their goal of $20,000 by June 18. Contribute as much or as little as you can to help get the book published and 'cultivate kindness.' Visit the Spechts' Indiegogo campaign for more information. 

brookhavenconfucius June 06, 2014 at 03:30 AM
YOU ARE KIDDING US, RIGHT ?
Reddawn1 June 06, 2014 at 06:45 AM
Brookhaven TiIN MAN, You are kidding us, right? Obviously you don't have a heart!! Let me spell it out for you. Local family needs monetary help to publish book in memory of son (REES) who died in a tragic accident. This book when published will help spread kindness and compassion for others nationally and with Gods help, internationally. What don't you get Brookhaven? It's good versus evil. THIS IS GOOD!!
brookhavenconfucius June 06, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Just remember to put your flowers and marker out ! BOO HOO !
brookhavenconfucius June 06, 2014 at 01:15 PM
In this Narcissistic, SELFIE, Society, MOST of us feel, that sharing Grief WITH EVERYONE, IS NECESSARY. The line between sincere Grief, and Selfishness is blurred, to silliness like this book . Having a Heart these days, IS NOT having Good Manners and Taste. Just make sure you make your roadside GRIEF ALTAR, SO EVERYONE KNOWS HOW SELFISH YOU ARE, reddawn 1.
Reddawn1 June 07, 2014 at 07:37 AM
Brookhaven Seriously..... Very interesting analysis. However, I believe it's does not apply in this case.

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