The world of literature is massive, with more genres, authors, and styles than we can count. Yet for people who are blind, finding books written in their language, braille, isn’t easy.
Knowing this, Katelyn Suter of Mission, Kansas, started a GoFundMe to help her niece Emrie get her hands on her favorite book series. Emrie was born blind and started reading braille when she was 4 years old. She fell in love with the magical world of Harry Potter when her dad shared it with her, but she wished with all her heart to be able to read about it on her own.
“Unfortunately, we soon discovered that the Harry Potter books in braille are extremely expensive and not very accessible,” Katelyn wrote on GoFundMe. “Many libraries do not even have them as an option. This broke my heart. The Harry Potter books range from $80-300 for just one single book.”
Luckily, Emrie has a wonderful community to support her! Thanks to the generosity of friends and strangers alike, Katelyn’s GoFundMe raised enough for not just one but six complete Harry Potter sets! One went to Emrie, and the rest will be donated to local schools and libraries.
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Emrie got to open her special present on Christmas morning. When her fingers told her what books she was holding, her face broke into the most beautiful smile! We’d say her reaction was worth every bit of legwork and fundraising, and the best part is that other blind children will get to experience these beloved books too!
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