Assistance League of Atlanta, an all-volunteer, charitable organization that helps improve the lives of children and adults in need, is once again conducting its Children’s Book Drive October 1-24 in support of volunteerism on Make A Difference Day, October 24, 2015. USA Weekend sponsors this annual day of volunteering. Reading profi-ciency is critical to establishing a solid foundation for future learning and academic success. Yet, 83% of children in low-income families have inadequate reading skills, often because they have no books.
To promote and foster a love of learning, the month-long drive aims to collect 7500 new and unmarked “gently-used” books for distribution to charities, low-income schools, homeless shelters, and many other non-profit agencies dedicated to improving childhood literacy. “Reading is empowering” said Ann Wells, book drive co-chair. “With reading skills, a whole new world opens up to kids, and they can learn about anything”. Books for children age 0-12 are collected by churches, schools, businesses, scout troops, and students doing service projects. Assistance League will partner this year with Black Rose, a child advocacy group in South Fulton County, and Children Read, a non-profit that distrib-utes books to pre-school children in Atlanta.
To get involved with the project, contact pr@AssistanceLeagueATL.org.
Books may be dropped off at these locations:
• Assistance League of Atlanta: 3534 Broad Street, Chamblee, Ga. 30341 (Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 at “Do-nations” door)
• Cascade United Methodist Church: 3144 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30331 (Call 404-691-5770 for instructions)
• Children Read, Inc.: Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hills Shopping Center, 2105 La Vista Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30329 (Call 404-636-2498 for hours of operation)
• Alice Cleaners: Dunwoody Village Shopping Ctr., 5531 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, Ga. 30338 (Mon.-Sat. 8-5)