As we jump into the New Year, we also reflect upon the wonderful season of giving. The 13th Annual Holiday Book Drive was yet again was a huge success! For the thirteenth year in a row the Partnership teamed up with Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint to provide books to children in Durham. From November 1st through December 31st, customers were able to purchase books for young children who might not otherwise have access to reading materials. This year, more than 2,830 books were collected!
“During the 8-week book drive we consistently see an outpouring of support and generosity from our customers and booksellers,” said Cheri Hodges, Community Business Development Manager. Thanks to their efforts and kindness, over 2,800 children in Durham County received the gift of a new book”
We have been hard at work organizing and distributing the books to more than 20 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 – Southpoint for designating the Partnership as the beneficiary of the Holiday Book Drive once again, and we extend a big thank-you to all of the community members who donated books for their generosity and continued support!