We are getting closer to our goal of
giving away 20,000 books this year!
Since we started Share Literacy in 2002, we have been able to give Idries Shah’s wonderful children’s stories to thousands of underserved children for the Holiday Season. So we are now in our 13th year and I’m pleased to tell you that, thanks to everyone’s generosity, we will be able to donate a book to 17,500 children; and possibly more – since donations are still coming in to cover our print costs. Our goal was to donate 20,000 books this year – so we are very, very near. You can donate toward this effort here, thank you for making it possible.
“Your books were a hit at our holiday party. We thank you for your continued support and kindness… It is amazing to see the reactions of mothers and families when they receive items they need and it truly makes them feel special… We will have volunteers doing weekly or biweekly reading groups with the children and their moms. We hope it will help children see how wonderful reading can be and will instill a desire in them to pick up a book for enjoyment. We also anticipate that mothers will see how pleasurable reading with their children can be.” – Sharon Bechtol, Volunteer Coordinator, Homeless Prenatal Program of San Francisco.
Each year we receive hundreds of “thank you” letters and photos from children, teachers and caregivers who have received books as part of our Share Literacy Holiday Program. Here are a couple from last year’s holiday book drive:
JUNIOR GIANTS PROGRAM RECEIVE
HOOPOE BOOKS AGAIN
For the second summer in a row, Share Literacy has given books to children participating in the Junior Giants Program of the Sunnyvale CA's Police Athletics League (sunnyvalepal.org/jr-giants-baseball/). This program was created by the Giants Community Fund in 1994 and has over 90 leagues throughout California, Oregon and Nevada. The Jr. Giants Program is a unique program that teaches players the fundamentals of baseball and sportsmanship, as well as focusing on the importance of good Health, Education and Violence Prevention. The program also has a seasonal reading program where kids receive their own Hoopoe books to keep and share with their families. Here are some photos of happy children with their books.
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Dan Sperling (right), a volunteer for the nonprofit Share Literacy, shows two Takoma Park residents a children's book that they can "gift" to a child from an underprivileged family. Click here for Share Literacy Alternative Gifts.