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Day 351: Reuse for Good – Books for Charity

I am on a path to reuse for good. I have started with books and will continue to find other items around the house to reuse, upcycle and give away. But today I will be giving away one book, one person, one day at a time.

“Reading is a joy and a gift that you are offering our children.
Your gift cannot be truly measured in dollars and cents but will be counted in the lives that you have touched.” Bob Smith

Day 351: Give 351

How many books do you have sitting collecting dust on your bookshelves?

How many could be donated for good?

Fall clean up has begun at our house and yesterday (Day 350)  I found great ways to reuse for good by donating our cloths and household items. Today I had one more donation to make that is so important. Books.

We all like to save them for a rainy day with the thought we may pick them up and read them yet again. In my case it is children’s books that are overflowing at our house. Does my son really need a small library of books that are sitting downstairs when instead they could be put to good use by children that don’t have the luxury of books at home or in their school libraries?

It was time to take the books off the shelves and put the into the hands of children that truly need them. The Reading Tree was my charity of choice to get these books into the right little hands.

Did you know that readiness levels for kids entering school can be directly tied to income levels?
Did you know that 61% of low income families have no children’s books in the home?
The books are out there. Thousands upon thousands end up in landfills each year.

The Reading Tree has drop boxes and will also come to your home for a pick up. They have locations across Canada and the US so we can all do our part to keep our books out of landfills and into the hands of people that will truly enjoy them. It will take just a few minutes of your time to do a lifetime of good.
Time Commitment: 15 minutes search drop location and drive to drop
Cost: 0

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)