My son and I are still trying to figure out how to help the disenfranchised and incarcerated with donations of books. There are a few prisons that accept books, but mostly paperback books and not hardback books. I tried finding a prison in our area with no success. We heard of a donation program for books, clothing and household items that will actually pick-up your donation at your door and will forward them to the appropriate agencies. It is called Pickup Please (https://pickupplease.org/donation-program/). However they do not operate in our area. I’m still sharing their information because they do operate in a lot of areas, and yours may be one of them. I have previously written about the joy of sharing books in my March 1, 2016 post, “Books, Our National Treasure” (https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/everydayways.blog/634). I am desperate to share the wonder of the written world. I’m a firm believer in the saying, “Pay me now or pay me later”. If children get the opportunity to explore the world through books, they will grow to have a great appreciation of all the opportunities life has to offer. If we greedily clutch our books to our souls, all we do is rob others of opportunity and deplete our own souls. And in the end who suffers? We all do. We all miss the possibility of an enhanced existence.
So I have decided to share my books using the standard practice of donating them to the various Little Free Libraries in our area. The others will go to the local library. I also saw a great idea for sharing books at the Jefferson Hospital in Pittsburgh. Their local library had set up a Little Free Library in the hospital lobby. What a great idea! I see a lot of people waiting at hospitals. These books will make great company for the people there. The magazines will be dropped off at the doctor’s office.
And Another Thing
I spotted a different brand of potato chip at the grocery store today. These are called Deep River Snacks (https://www.deepriversnacks.com/). 10% of the profits generated by this company are donated to charities that have personally affected us. Their cheddar horseradish chips provide a donation to the Chris Klug Foundation (https://chrisklugfoundation.org/staff-page/chris-klug) to help with their work to promote lifesaving organ and tissue donation and their sour cream and onion chips provide a donation to Curable, a foundation working to battle Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a rare, chronic and potentially serious bile duct disease.
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