This post was written in partnership with Toyota.
When Toyota reached out to me with the opportunity to host and run a book drive that would help make the difference in people’s lives I just knew I had to jump at the chance. First things first, I needed to find someone who needed books and wasn’t able to gain access to them on their own. The classroom where we’ll be donating is a 85%+ Title 1 school which means that 85%+ of the students live in poverty and 100% of the students receive free breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as after school programming. Many of the students that attend are either homeless or move around a lot because of poverty, immigration fears and family situations.
The students in the class are in fourth/fifth grade, however, many of the students speak English as a second language. The population of the school is about 50% Latino, 40% African American, 10% African/Somalian, Native American, Asian, and a handful of Caucasian.
Want to help out? Send books (email me and I’ll give you my address, email@example.com) or come and drop them off on Wednesday, September 6th! Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, September 6th, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: NorthRidge Fellowship, 12522 Main St, Rogers, Minnesota 55374
Look for the Toyota Tundra, we’ll be in the South side parking lot of the church.
What kind of books are we looking for?
The teacher had these suggestions (these are affiliate links, just so you know):
- Graphic novels
- The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
- Other Raina Telgemeier books
- Babysitters Club (graphic novel)
- Garfield cartoons (the kids love Garfield)
I’ll be live on Facebook periodically on Wednesday during the drive to give you live updates. Turn on notifications so you don’t miss a beat!
And if you are donating a book, let me say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. You have no idea the impact this will have on these kids’ lives.
As the creator of the lifestyle blog Me Before Mom, Bert supports millennial moms facing the challenges and changes of motherhood. Me Before Mom is an online community that offers support through real life stories, encouraging advice, and answers to questions about how a woman maintains herself during this self-sacrificial time of parenthood. Stories from Bert Anderson have helped women across the globe through the Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, and on the Harry show. Whether weathering the first year of motherhood or walking through the later stages of motherhood, Bert has helped many continue to find herself while still in the throes of motherhood.