10-year-old author drops thousands of books off for supply drive

Published: Jul. 31, 2019 at 9:34 PM CDT
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One local author stopped by United Ways School supply drive Wednesday to drop off 3000 copies of her book.

The unique situation is that in this case the author was only 10 years old.

Sawyer Anderson was inspired to jump into action after her dad came back from Africa with stories of how much clean water was needed.

After learning that only one third of the population had clean water and many children her age were impacted, she decided she had to do something.

Sawyer started small with the goal of raising $50.

She sold cookies with some baking help from her grandmother and ended up selling over a 1,000 treats, raising over $5,000. At the time, she was just eight.

Support and encouragement from her church and community exploded after that.

She has now written and illustrated the book about an American girl named Sloane and her journey to raise funds to bring clean water to those who need it.

Mark Anderson, her father said she calls him her “math guy” and her “Uber driver”.

“So much has happened in the last two years that you can’t possibly map out the sequence of events…so you just kind of grab on and go with it,” Anderson said.

When asked if she was trying to create a movement Sawyer responded more of just a mini movement adding that she wasn’t big enough for a full movement yet.

"Most of these kids...maybe all of them don't even have good books or don’t even have books. They will know that they might do something like this, that might help out people in need. They might love the story and it might impact them," said Sawyer.

A portion of the proceeds raised from the books and other donations will go to supply clean water to those who need it.

For more information on Sawyer and her mission click the link attached to this story.