Attleboro resident and entrepreneur can now add author and artist to her list of accomplishments.
Kimberly Ward Storch just self published a new book called Footprints in the Snow and is hosting a book signing tonight at 7 p.m.
"It's story that takes place on Christmas Eve about five homeless friends and one man’s journey," Storch said. Stors not only wrote the book, but she also used her photo taking talent to photograph all the photos used in the book. One exciting thing for Storch is that she plans to donate 10 percent of the each book's sale to St. Joseph's Food Cellar in memory of her father, Drew Ward who started the Food Cellar.
Ward died six years ago and Storch has made it her priority to keep his name and his efforts to help those in need alive. "He was and is very inspirational in my life," Storch writes in her description of Drew's Room. "He has taught me to go after my dreams and give to others."
Despite Ward's passing, his memory continues on a St. Joseph's. Just Monday, families picked up their Thanksgiving dinners at the st. Joseph Food Cellar, according to St. Joseph Church's Rev. John Murray.
"The food cellar at St. Joseph's was established because of the hard work and dedication of Drew Ward, Kim's dad," Murray said. "It is a tremendous act of kindness and generosity that Kim is offering 10 percent of the sales of her book in memory of her dad. It's because of people like Drew, and the ongoing generosity of the local community, that people who are in need continue to experience the compassion of Jesus Christ. Through the money raised by the sale of this book, and Kim's generosity, more people will be able to benefit from the St. Joseph Food Cellar."
Along with having a room named in his honor at her new book store, Ugly Dog Books, Storch also encourages customers to her store to enter the room and drop a chip indicating a percentage of a book they purchased will go to one of three possible organizations including the St. Joseph's Food Cellar, The Literacy Center and a designated organziation for the month. This month the charity is Christmas is or Kids.
"We're thrilled to be chosen and hope that lots of folks support Kim in this venture," Council for Children President Kelly Fox said."We as a community needed a great place locally to buy books for children. We also hope that her customers will buy a new book to donate to Christmas is for Kids while they are shopping for their own children."