A children's book, Lily in the Sky with Kindness, was introduced on Saturday by Sag Harbor residents Jonathan Glynn and his dog, Lily. Proceeds from the book, written from the dachshund's point of view, will go directly to Glynn's 501(c)3 non-profit "Wings Over Haiti."
Glynn spoke to customers as he signed copies of the book at , though he joked, "Lily is very tired or she would sign it herself." A film of some of the work he has accomplished was shown in the background, while Lily slept through most of the festivities on a pillow where the book was displayed. Lily served as co-pilot for Glynn for the majority of his first flight to Haiti.
With the message that one act of kindness can make a big difference, Glynn hopes the book by Jayne Lakhani will be a great idea for holiday gift-giving. Framed prints from the illustrated book are being shown and sold for $250 a few doors down at the Winston Fine Art Gallery.
With the help of the community and previous fundraising efforts, Glynn has purchased two acres of land, and has started a much needed school, community garden, water filtration and medical clinic in Haiti.
Glynn needs an additional $70,000 for food, labor and materials as soon as possible to complete this project that will serve as a model for other suffering areas. Glynn goes to Haiti once a month to check progress of the work that is keeping many children alive, and whose parents are only able to eat every third day.
The book signing was one of many events that took place on Saturday, and there are more to come. Visit wingsoverhaiti.org to learn more or donate to the cause.