Members of public can participate in effort in variety of ways
Each year, JFCS collects and distributes nearly 4,000 new books to promote literacy among local children in pre-K through fifth grade classes, “with special emphasis on low-income and at-risk families,” a news release explains. Books are given to infants and toddlers, as well as older children in middle and high school, the release adds.
“Please support our children and help open a new chapter in their lives by joining JFCS’ literacy campaign,” said Sheila Birnbaum, a JFCS volunteer and founder of the Take-a-Look, Buy-a-Book program, in the release. “There’s a measure of dignity attached to owning, enjoying, and sharing books,” she added. “What better way to teach the love of reading than to give these at-risk children a gift.”
The book drive will continue through March 31, the release points out. Community members may participate in it by doing the following:
- Delivering or shipping new books for infants through teenagers directly to the main JFCS office, which is located at 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237.
- Encouraging organizations, neighborhoods, social clubs, businesses, friends and other groups to organize a book collection among their members. A designated person can collect the books and deliver them to JFCS, the release says.
- Making a monetary donation online that will go toward the purchase of books. To donate funds, clickhereand choose “Book Drive” in the drop-down menu.
Donated books will be distributed to JFCS clients who participate in a variety of programs, including Camp Mariposa, Ignite/REACH, Veterans Services, Homeless Prevention and Youth Services, the release notes. Books also will go to local Title I schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, summer reading programs and other organizations such as The Haven, All Star Children’s Foundation, and Bucket of Books, the release adds.
To arrange a drop-off or delivery, contact Karen Pharo, the JFCS director of outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.