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:
Hope Children’s Fund
Hope Children’s Fund is an organization that works to provide safety, food, clothing, health care, education and the means for children and young adults in their care to create a productive and successful future for themselves. They own and operate Jerusha Mwiraria Children’s Home in Meru, Kenya, where they not only house children and young adults in need, but they also provide them with necessary tools for them to have a bright future! This organization is holding their annual Passion for Education Gala in 2019 to benefit their organization. This will be held on Sunday January 20th, 2019 from 6PM-11PM at The Inn & Spa at East Wind in Wading River. Please join for an evening of music, raffle prizes, cocktail hour, a plated dinner, dancing and of course, learning more about what they do! Please RSVP to HCFGala@gmail.com by January 15th, 2019!
If you would like your organization to be featured in this column, please e-mail Noelle@SouthBaysNeighbor.com.