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A Holiday Message from Our Founder Cynthia Brian

“There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread.”-- Mother Teresa

Greetings of this blessed season to you! Amidst the candy canes, Hannukah bushes, twinkling lights, marathon shopping, raucous reindeer, and sugar plum treats, let us take time to share the true meaning of this holy time. Share your love and your appreciation for the gifts that you have been given. Smile more, complain less, and be generous of spirit and of pocketbook. For all of you who have supported Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity with your time, expertise, and money throughout 2016, we shout our gratitude. For all of you who will support us in 2017, we welcome you as we enter our 18th year of serving our communities, country, and world.


After many years of lifting heavy boxes of books to ship to those in need, my disks finally revolted. On Monday 12/12 I had spinal surgery to repair the damage and may not be able to respond as quickly to your requests and comments as I normally do.


From all of us at Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, we wish you a very happy, healthy, and cheerful Christmas, Channukah, Kwaanza, or other celebration of living.

Make your tax deductible donation now before the end of the year! It's a win/win.


Looking forward to our next year together.


Star smiles across the miles,

Cynthia Brian

Executive Director

PO Box 376

Moraga, Ca. 94556

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Wishing you Wondrous, Magical Holidays!

Hello all!

Liz Aguilar here wishing you warmth, love, and peace this holiday season. My semester is winding down now and I'm preparing to return back to the U.S next week to be with friends and family. Geneva has been an absolute gem and I'm forever grateful for the many people who I've met during my stay. I can't help but feel like I may return to the University of Geneva to continue my graduate school studies! I'm looking forward to going back to campus where I hope to share this experience with others and encourage underclassmen to pursue similar opportunities. I also feel like I've had my fill of Swiss fondue, raclette, and Christmas pastries for the year! But most importantly - thank you all for joining us another year and we hope to continue sharing our stories with you next year. May 2017 bring you even more happiness and hopefully travel. 

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UPDATE: Operation Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief



As part of Operation Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief, Be the Star You Are!® donated over $15,000 in new books for the holidays to families and children in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina who suffered losses during the horrible storms. Thanks to you who made contributions and many thanks go to our author partners , Brooks Olbrys,. Diana Zimmerman, Cynthia Brian, Lee Ann Mancini.for participating in Operation Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief.  For more information and to donate go to


“Thank for your generous gift of books to Greenbriar Children’s Center. The girls and boys at our Early Childhood Education Centers will enjoy these books for years to come. Your commitment to empowering children through reading will make a positive impact to improve literacy in our community. By providing your helping hand, you have helped displaced children in our community weather a crisis. You are a blessing to the agency.”  Gena Taylor, Executive Director, Greenbriar Children’s Center, Savannah, Georgia




It is often repeated that the gift of a book is a gift for a lifetime. This holiday season consider buy books from Be the Star You Are!® charity including our signature books, Be the Star You Are!® and Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. All books $20 plus $6.00 shipping. Case discounts available.





All purchases are donations to Be the Star You Are!® charity.

We also have T-shirts and tank tops with the message “Read, Lead, Succeed” for $20 plus shipping.  Literacy is a gift.


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Shop, Give, and Get Connected!

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If you love to shop online, you'll love the ways you can be donating to Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny more, and sometimes saving a lot. The next time you want to buy ANYTHING, click on one of our links and you'll
be supporting BTSYA while getting the best value for yourself!

Ways to Help

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases

2. Discounted books at Amazon:

3. Buy or Sell on EBAY:

4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores,. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too!

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE:

6. BTSYA Logo Store:

7. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 1800+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA:

If you would like to make a direct donation to our giving fund, please visit our Paypal page!


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You're Invited to Join in On Some Holiday Cheer!



December 17 11am-3pm PT 

Visit and Photo with Santa


Visit and Photo with Santa on Saturday, December 17th, 2016
In collaboration with 5 A Rent A Space, teen volunteers from Be the Star You Are!® will help children write letters to Santa and enjoy arts and crafts as well as get a framed photo with Santa Claus himself!. Cookies, fruit, candy canes, and hot cocoa will be served. The event is FREE to the public. Bring your little ones to a visit with Santa. Teen volunteer, Brigitte Jia is chairing this event. 
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 11am-3pm
Place: 5 A Rent a Space
455 Moraga Road
Moraga, California 94556

It will be a fun-filled time for all ages who believe in the magic of Christmas.
Donations greatly appreciated for the outreach programs of the all volunteer non profit Be the Star You Are!®
See you there!


May you enjoy the festivities of the season! With gratitude and good cheer from all of us at Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3
PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556
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PO Box 376

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