Just a few years ago, Can Do and the Storm was distributed FREE to 30,000 children and families in Mississippi by Project Recovery! Project Recovery gave out the books door-to-door in libraries, churches, and daycare centers. They even created a puppet show based on the book. Project Recovery was a program that provided free crisis counseling services and was a division of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. They were funded through a grant from FEMA and facilitated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They used the books as part of their hurricane season preparedness program and to help children cope with the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
"The books were great! Everyone was thrilled with the results. Several of our Outreach Workers adapted the story into a small puppet show which the kids loved! Summer library programs were the target for the puppet show. After the show, they distributed the books. We distributed 30,000 all over the state of Mississippi, focusing on the GulfCoast,"
- Wendy Bailey, Project Recovery.
After Hurricane Sandy, a wonderful organization in New Jersey began distributing Can Do And The Storm coloring books to children who were affected by the storm. In 2013, the Butterfly Circle of Friends distributed thousands of books to schools and community centers to help children and families heal.
"Thank you Ducktor Morty for allowing the Butterfly Circle of Friends to print copies of "Can Do and the Storm" to distribute at a Thanksgiving dinner for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. I believe your book is a great tool to help adults and children express how they are feeling and will help them with the grieving process as they move forward with their lives."
- Ida Gonzalez, Butterfly Circle of Friends.
Can Do and the Storm: A Story About New Beginnings is an easy-to-read book about learning to cope with the effects of hurricane or other natural disaster. It was written by a child psychiatrist and his wife, a child psychologist, who specialize in helping children deal with traumatic events. At a time when so many people are suffering the devastating effects of natural disasters on their communities, we hope that this simple story may offer some small comfort and hope for a brighter future.