As of January 19, 2019, we have collected a total of 1,877 diverse books that have been generously donated from our friends, family and the general public. Book donations have been received from people within the United States, Ireland and United Kingdom. Our highest individual donation to date has been 49 books from a very generous author, Asia Citro. We also had a small business owner who makes multicultural jigsaw puzzles for kids donate puzzles to each of our remaining states. Thank you, Puzzle Huddle!
So far we've collected books for thirty-five different states! The current states we are collecting for are: Louisiana and Arkansas.
Most recently, Hachette Book Group committed to donating a whopping 800 books to help support our project. 800 books = 16 states! We are so thrilled to share the amazing book titles they sent us with thousands of other children across America!
We have collected $685 in monetary donations of our $1,500 goal from our Go Fund Me page. We also received a $150 grant from Kindness Grows Here for our project. Our overall goal is $1,500 to help pay for the cost of shipping books 50 at a time to each state. On average, shipping costs (including postage (media rate), packing tape and boxes) averages about $20-$40 per state (depending on how far the books are being shipped). Any additional money collected will be used to purchase new or gently used books in the event we are having trouble reaching our goal for any given state.