By: Noelle Lambert
November’s Charity of the Month is:
The Book Fairies
The Book Fairies, located in Freeport, NY, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that accepts donations of new and gently used books and connects them with organizations throughout all five boroughs and Long Island that do not have the funds to foster the love of reading. Some of those organizations are hospitals, schools, veteran organizations and soup kitchens.
Reading materials can not only foster literacy and academic success, but they can also provide a respite from personal struggles and nature a love of reading across age groups.
Every book that they collect goes through sorting, their process of thoroughly examining the type of book and condition it’s in. With only 2 staff members, The Book Fairies heavily relies on the work of selfless volunteers.
The Book Fairies does more than just impact their local community; they are also dedicated to supporting literacy programs in underdeveloped nations around the world. Some of the books they receive that are in fair to average condition are packaged for partnering organizations to be shipped overseas! Since the program’s inception, they have helped build libraries in Africa, India, China, South America and the Caribbean Islands!
If you would like to get involved with The Book Fairies, you can! They are in need of sorting volunteers to come to their Freeport location on one of their sorting days (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) and help sort through all their current book donations. If you are 13 or older you can come alone and if you are younger than 13 you will need a guardian to accompany you. If you’re interested in volunteering as a sorter, there is no need to reserve your space. Simply show up at their Freeport location (70 North Main St. – Back Entrance) on one of their sorting days between 10AM and 3PM!
Additionally, book donations and financial donations are always welcome and The Book Fairies is in need of corporate sponsors. Please contact Rebecca Lakhani at Rebecca@TheBookFairies.org if you are interested in any of the above opportunities!
Interested in benefiting from The Book Fairies? You can! If you are a teacher or someone who needs reading materials for your organization, do not hesitate to reach out. Also, The Book Fairies receives numerous faith based books for all age levels. If you are a house of worship, a religious school or another community organization that could use these books, you can contact this organization today!
Another organization you can become involved with:
John Theissen Children’s Foundation
In 1992, John Theissen founded JTCF, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. John held a toy drive that year during the holiday season to benefit children in local hospitals. During the first toy drive he collected over eight hundred new toys in just two weeks and he brought them to three different hospitals. That was the beginning of what has become a year-round organization. Since 1992, JTCF has collected over one million new toys and has donated them to sick and underprivileged children in hospitals and child-care facilities. This organization has also donated therapeutic and recreational equipment and has also been able to help families with medical expenses! If you are interested in volunteering with this organization, please contact John at John@JTCF.org or call
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