The beginning of the new year marked the close of our 2015 Holiday Book Drive, which was a huge success again this year! For the tenth year in a row the Partnership teamed up with Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint to provide books to young children who might not otherwise have access to reading materials. From November 1st through December 31st, customers were able to purchase a book to be given to young children who might not otherwise have access to reading materials. This year, nearly 3,500 books were collected!
“For 10 years, Barnes & Noble customers and employees have embraced our annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting Durham’s Partnership for Children,” said Cheri Hodges, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble, Southpoint. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the exceptional passion of bookseller Patricia Clemons, who collected 1,060 books, we were able to exceed our goal of gathering 3,000 books. We are thrilled to be able to help so many children this year!”
Partnership staff and volunteers have been hard at work organizing the books and distributing them to community agencies serving children in home visiting programs, social services, and a variety of family support and family literacy programs. We will continue to give these generously donated books to the children and families who are least likely to have books of their own, and we hope these books will help foster a love of reading for Durham’s youngest learners.
We are so grateful to Barnes & Noble at Southpoint for designating the Partnership as the beneficiary of the Holiday Book Drive, and we extend a big thank-you to all of the community members who donated books for their generosity and continued support!