The volunteers and staff at the Children’s Book Bank love when someone arrives at our storefront carrying a box of a books to donate. Sometimes the donors live in nearby Cabbagetown and they walk over a couple bags of books. Othertimes, they drive in from Stouffville or Whitby. We always appreciate a donation of new or gently-used children’s books for our storefront and are lucky to see multiple donations a day.
There are some donors who stand out, especially if they’re kids. I wanted to write about some exceptional young girls from the Summerhill area, who made a real impact on Toronto literacy. These girls organized a community book drive, all on their own, because they wanted to help spread the fun of reading to Toronto kids who don’t own books. They sent emails, delivered flyers and distributed posters to their neighbours asking them to bring gently-used books to their community park on a Sunday afternoon (the girls even provided free cookies and lemonade to book donors!). They collected 12 boxes of beautiful books that children in Toronto’s high-needs neighbourhoods are now able to own. Thanks so much to our young heroes!