Can we collect 9,000 more books in the next 8 weeks? The jury is still out, but check out the ways people near and far are rallying to help.
BOOK DRIVES IN ATHENS
Pump it Up
400 Commerce Blvd., Suite D, Athens (Directions)
Bring your books during Pop-In Play Time (or to a scheduled party) and you'll receive a Buy One Get One Free admission coupon. The collection bin is just inside the front door. Your kids will love Pump it Up! (Thank you, John, for this generous offer!)
Fire and Flavor Drop-off Day***
Saturday, March 24
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
375 Commerce Blvd., Suite B, Athens (Directions)
Every family who brings books to our Drop-off Day will receive a Buy One, Get One Free admission coupon from Pump it Up. Bring your books by the boxful directly to Books for Keeps at the Fire and Flavor warehouse (just down the street from Pump it Up). We'll have volunteers on hand to help you unload your car.
***East-siders: we'll have a second drop-off location set up at the old Gaines Elementary School, 280 Gaines School Road.
BOOK DRIVES IN ATLANTA:
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center
2125 Northside Drive, Atlanta (Directions | Hours)
Bring your books to the main office, and learn about their UTA Junior Tennis Academy and Summer Tennis Camp. This is our first official in-town Atlanta book drive - thank you Amy & Taylor for making it happen.
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-6pm
1510 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd, Atlanta (Directions)
This two-week book drive is taking place in the middle of a hot shopping spot for furniture and home goods in Atlanta, so leave yourself plenty of time to shop after you drop off your books. Adore is fairly new - can't wait to check them out!
These book drives aren't open to the public, but they're so inspiring!
Canada: Can you believe a school in Canada is holding a book drive for us?! Six students at St. Raymond Elementary School (K-8th grade) in Mississauga, Ontario are helping Donna, one of Books for Keeps' earliest supporters, organize a school-wide drive. They'll pre-inspect the books and ship the ones that meet our criteria. Wow.
South Carolina: A scout troop in Greenville is holding a book drive in March, led by Dirk (who might wish his wife Kay had never heard of Books for Keeps... but we'd be lost without her!)
Tennessee: Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville is holding a drive in April, and delivering the books to Athens PDQ so we can include them in our distributions in May.
I'll share more as I learn more. Thank you, everyone who is rallying to help Books for Keeps meet its commitment to Athens children. 9,000 books in 8 weeks. We. Will. Do. It.