40 thousand books coming to the East for kids in need

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – 40,000 free books are headed to kids in our area, and they’re asking for your help to make sure the books go to those who need them most.

The books are coming Greenville August 15, but they need 2,000 representatives from local organizations to sign up to get the books within the next few weeks.

Those organizations receiving the donations must serve at least 70 percent children from low-income families. This includes libraries, schools, community organizations, day cares, clinics, and more.

The nonprofit First Book provides these brand new books to schools and programs helping kids in need at no cost.

Greenville is the first rural area the organization is serving.

Diane Taylor is organizing the Greenville event.

“We want to make sure that children are at least having access to material that they can read. We know that when you give a child a book, you’re really exposing them to a better life. Those two things coincide: success, literacy intertwined. And we want to make sure that we’re closing that gap here in eastern North Carolina,” Taylor said.

So far, they have about 500 people signed up.

They also need 200 volunteers to help leading up to the event and with distribution that day.

To sign up to receive some of the books or to volunteer, click here.


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