The Unspoken Gifts and Gratitude is the vision of Patricia Shaver and Voices of Reality hosts to honor the individuals in our community who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to making a difference, in our communities, by raising awareness for the causes they care about.

Seen on the Nancy Grace Show 

Shawnte Lawrence was born and raised in Flint, Mi, and the oldest of eight children. Growing up, in an unhealthy urban environment, she adapts to every book she writes about. Through her talent as an author, her mission is to get a message out to the world, even if it's good or bad. Being a single mother of seven children, she is descent to survive through her struggles by using her gifts from God in her writing; she hopes to comfort those, to help prevent certain situations that can happen in someone’s life if they don't take the proper precautions. Shawnte Lawrence hopes to one day be a motivational speaker, to help guide single mothers, and teenagers on the right path, making them aware that given up is never an option. Having a free, loving heart, she hopes to build a personal relationship with all her readers.  

Chris Sheil

Sheil, an Englewood Racing Association (ERA) Super Modified competitor at Colorado National Speedway and a Two-time Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) Driver Champion talked to the students on how important reading/writing/math and getting an education is and how it is related to racing. During the talk to the students, Chris answered questions from the students about the two race cars that he brought along (Super Modified race car and Midget race car) that he competes in here in Colorado and throughout the country. "This is the fourth time that we have gone to the school to promote education and racing. The kids really get engaged and enjoy seeing a race car in person. It is an amazing feeling to be able to connect with these students. They are smart kids and ask some very creative questions. I love to give back to the community and the "Race to Read" program is great way to do so."