South Dakota author pens new, Christmas themed book for Children’s Home Society
Tom Roberts, of Sioux Falls, is helping to support the efforts of the Children's Home Society by offering his storytelling talents - just in time for the holidays.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — When being home isn’t an option for kids in the foster care system, the Children’s Home Society is a place that provides a sense of home in the interim, especially during the holidays.
Tom Roberts by trade is a Performing Arts instructor, so writing comes naturally to him. Roberts and his wife, who were volunteers at the time the first book was published, later became staff at the Children’s Home. Roberts says the need for funding CHS continues and so they continue the efforts. Local authors are also used for illustrations.
Roberts recently released “Something About Christmas” which is the eighth in a collection of books written to benefit Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. The story is about a little boy who is saddened that it is time to put the Christmas decorations away, but his parents help him understand that Christmas continues to exist in the dawn of each new day.
Roberts’ first book was published in 2002 and written a few years before that, in one night, when he was stranded in a snow storm at the Coffee Cup Truck Stop in Summit, South Dakota.
Tom Roberts, Author, says, “It’s been a fun project and a great vehicle for us to get out and around the state and interact with people and tell stories and just remind people the Children’s Home Society is available for people for those who need our help and available for those who like to help.”
The books serve as a holiday tradition for some families with a reminder of the true reason for the season.
Roberts says, “They are intended for people of all ages, whether you are three years old or 103 years old, the message is the same- just to keep Christmas in perspective and while you are sharing those stories to keep those who are less fortunate than ourselves in mind and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Owners of the Weathered Vane in Rapid City hopped on board with offering the books at their store seven years ago. They were moved by the message in the books and wanted to help the organization that serves children in need.
Janet Scherbenske, Owner of Weathered Vane, says, “Well I’m a parent, I have three kids and the kids that are less fortunate that aren’t at home or able to be in their home, I think anything you can do to help them to make their living situation be more homelike is a great thing to do.”
Scherbenske says that the books have a following and people ask about them each year around the holidays.
Weathered vane is hosting a book collection giveaway (of all of Tom’s books for CHS). You can register at the store beginning November 26. The drawing for the winner will be December 14.
Over the past 18 years, CHS has received over $1.4 million dollars through a combination of sponsorships and sales of more than 60,000 books.
Roberts will be featured in programs and book signing events throughout the area.
For a list of events, retailers to or purchase books, click here.
Titles include ‘Twas The Night Before Christ; Santa’s Prayer; The Little Lost Sock; Return to The Farm—A Christmas Journey; The Greatest Gift—The Wise Ones’ Journey; On That One Christmas Eve; and A New Norm.