Many readers from across the country have been deeply touched by the sad news of Melissa Riggio’s death, and have been asking how they might express their condolences as well as their appreciation for the Riggio family’s contributions to the disability community. After Melissa was born, her father, Barnes & Noble CEO Steve Riggio, pioneered the creation of a “Children with Special Needs Collection” in 1991. This was long before other major booksellers had recognized that families were in great need of such information and support.
Some people have suggested presenting their local Barnes & Noble stores with flowers, cards and tributes to Melissa. I passed this idea along to Barnes & Noble, which said the family very much appreciates everyone’s warm wishes and concern at this difficult time, but asked that people instead send their expressions of condolence to Steve Riggio directly at his office:
Stephen Riggio, CEO
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
The family has also asked that any donations be made to The Valerie Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown Memorial Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1956, Morristown, New Jersey 07962, or online at http://thevaleriefund.org/morristown.asp. When making a donation, please indicate that it is in memory of Melissa Riggio.