Ashley Nevison, age 14, recently published her second children’s book, titled “We Are So Beautiful; Valuing the Differences Among Everyone.” The book introduces young children to the concept of diversity. The book is her second in The Monster Bully Series with Gino and The Monster Bully. In the book, Gino and the monsters talk about their differences and learn to accept each other just the way they are. Ashley will be donating 100% of the profits of the book to Sargeant’s Army, her own 501(c)3 private charitable foundation, to provide hygiene Hope Bags for the homeless. The profits from one book will provide one hygiene Hope Bag.
Ashley started Sargeant’s Army three years ago in honor of her cat that died suddenly of cancer. The charity started out providing cat toys and blankets for cats waiting to be adopted and, when the pandemic started, she started sewing masks to donate to health care providers and essential workers. When she donated masks to a homeless outreach program in the summer of 2020 she knew she had to do more and started fundraising to provide hygiene Hope Bags for the homeless community.
Since 2020, Sargeant’s Army has donated over 38,000 items in 7,500 hygiene Hope Bags to nine Arizona counties through twelve nonprofit organizations. Ashley’s goal is to reach 20,000 Hope Bags by the end of 2021. In addition, Sargeant’s Army also just committed to provide all of the consumables for the shower program at the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. This will be over 15,000 single use shampoo packages, combs, razors and bars of soap for the next six months.
“It’s amazing how wonderful I feel when I deliver Hope Bags,” Ashley says. “The sense of helping others makes me feel whole and grateful that I can provide some needed items for other Arizonans.”
Both of Ashley’s books are currently available on Amazon. Learn more at sargeantsarmy.org.