During our annual Holiday Book Drive, Barnes & Noble stores donate books to hundreds of charities across the country to provide for those in need. Our stellar booksellers and generous customers are the driving force behind millions of donations that make their way into grateful hands. During the 2015 Holiday Book Drive, Barnes & Noble donated nearly 1.5 million books to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to disadvantaged children.
Below are a few heart-warming stories from the 2015 book drive:
Our Brandon, FL, and South Tampa, FL, stores joined forces in the Holiday Book Drive to benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, FL. Between the two stores, an estimated 3,500 books and bears were donated. The stores set up a “free” store in the hospital for families to “shop” for the young patients, along with obtaining gifts for their siblings. Donated bears (pictured below) were also used for treatments, explaining procedures and offering comfort.
Our Wilkes-Barre, PA, store held a special Holiday Book Drive Storytime to benefit the store’s recipient, Schools and Homes in Education (SHINE), an after-school program in Luzerne County to improve academic achievement, increase school attendance and engage families in education. Pictured are State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), who established the program, and at the event read to the children and purchased books for every child who attended.
Our Buffalo, NY, store selected its Holiday Book Drive recipient after a bookseller was inspired by a book, Etched in Sand, written by Regina Calcaterra. The book tells the story of several Long Island foster children who were abandoned by their mother and their struggle to survive. The bookseller reached out to a local organization, the Hillside Children’s Foundation, which services more than 3,000 children in foster care in Western New York.
In addition, to bring some holiday joy to children who are less fortunate, Barnes & Noble made a major donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in New York City and Reno, NV. Pictured below are some of the Marines (donned in Santa hats!) unloading the Barnes & Noble truck at a military base in New York City.
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