FARGO — A donation of 250 books written and illustrated by a West Fargo 10-year-old to the Ronald McDonald House will help local families as well as families in a country in Africa.
Sawyer Anderson, 10, wrote and illustrated the book "Water Works," which focuses on the difficulties of accessing clean water in Zambia. Since the book went on sale earlier this year, Anderson has raised more than $100,000 for clean water wells in Zambia.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, Matt's Automotive donated 250 of Anderson's books to the Ronald McDonald House.
Since moving to its new, larger location at 4757 Aggasiz Crossing S., in 2018, the Ronald McDonald House has helped more than 350 families since January 2019 and is on pace to set a record number of families helped, said Development Director Erica Johnsrud.
"We have more space here, so we've been really full this year," Johnsrud said.
Anderson learned about the struggle for clean water in Zambia after her father took a trip there. The book follows how she hopes to raise money for the country to get better access to clean water.
Johnsrud said Matt's Automotive owner and manager, Matt Lachowitzer, is a strong supporter of the Ronald McDonald House, which offers families of children receiving medical care in the metro a place to stay, and offered to donate the books.
"He reached out and we thought this was a great way to share that message of hope," Johnsrud said.
Anderson has been selling the books in the U.S. and "Water Works" was recently translated to be printed in Vietnam; it will also be distributed to schools in Zambia.
Each book costs $9.99, and according to Anderson's parents, organizations like World Vision and Wellspring for the World are matching donations for every sale. Through the partnerships, the purchase of one book can raise $50 dollars, which they say could provide one person with access to clean water for life.
Anderson's book can be found on the Water Works website: https://waterworkssea.com/.