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11/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2018 17:26

A Song to Say Thank You

November 08, 2018

James is a local dad and Speech Therapist at Fargo Public Schools. He also loves to write music about community issues he cares about, and that impact all of us as community members. James is passionate about ensuring that more children in our community have access to books and experiences that develop a love for reading as they prepare for Kindergarten, and encourages the community to see the value of United Way of Cass-Clay's local investments that help prepare children and students to succeed.

He wrote an original song titled: 'Love Dolly-A Song About United Way's Imagination Library Program' and shared it with our United Way team earlier this year. We also asked James to be a part of our Women UNITED Luncheon on November 8 and shared the video of his song with the 800 women in attendance at the event, and also asked James to share why he wrote the song and how the Imagination Library book have impacted him and his family. .

Here are the song lyrics:
Another child was born the day that our daughter arrived,
Their family didn't have what we all did, but wouldn't be deprived
Because someone cared enough to say 'these children need to hear
the sort of stories that we tell to show we hold them dear.'

Before I met my daughter, I'd took time to look around
At thrift stores and at rummage sales to see what books I found.
And every time I'd buy a few, a couple in the stack
Would say 'United Way' with 'Love, Dolly' on the back.

I didn't have to think twice about a dollar here and there,
It was just another little way for me to say, 'I care.'
But what about that other family's child on the way?
How could they purchase books when they were living day to day?

Someone said, 'I can make this better
Though I can't tell these stories by myself
If we give a little, all of us together
Can help put books on every child's shelf.'

A thoughtful friend had signed us up and now we watch the mail
And every single month a new book shows up without fail.
But more books are delivered on the day that ours arrives,
And each one makes a difference in kids' and parents' lives.

'A book's a present you can open over and again'
And getting one from someone can make all the difference when
You're barely scraping by, but someone's love persisted
To give a bedtime story that might never have existed.

Because someone said, 'I can make this better
Though I can't tell these stories by myself
If we give a little, all of us together
Can help put books on every child's shelf.'

You can watch a video of James singing the song here.
(Watch for when his daughter Amelia makes an appearance, too!)

Follow James Bergman Musician here on his musician Facebook page

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