Thousands of books collected for children at annual Dream Big book drive in Durham
DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — One car after another pulled up to Durham Central Park on Monday afternoon and each car dropped off boxes full of children’s books at the annual Dream Big Book Drive. Book Harvest.
Every year on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Book Harvest hosts the Community Event where people can drop off new or used books for children in the community.
This year, 84 people registered to organize their own book drive before the event. On Monday, everyone delivered their books so they could be sent to children in the community.
“We are here for Dr. King’s birthday, we are able to come together with the whole community and celebrate children and books by collecting books from the community,” said Ginger Young, founder and CEO of Book Harvest.
Children who participated received free backpacks full of books to take home.
Last year, Book Harvest purchased 65,000 books in its Dream Big book drive. Since Book Harvest’s inception in 2011, they’ve contributed 1.6 million children’s books.
“We know that when a child can start life with a home library and build on it, in those first five years they’ll be ready for school, ready for life, and they’ll keep throwing the foundations of a successful life,” says Young.