BOISE, Ida. — United Way of Treasure Valley is getting ready for a big event and your help is needed! The 5th annual Children's Book Drive kicks off Saturday, April 6.
United Way found only 1 in 300 low-income Idaho children owned a book in 2017. Nearly 40% of Idaho residents live at or below the poverty line and one of the ways out of poverty is education. United Way knows that education starts at home with books, so they are focused on getting books into the hands of every low-income child in the Treasure Valley.
United Way of Treasure Valley CEO, Nora Carpenter, says reading can open up opportunities of every kind, calling the gift of books a life-changer. The United Way is aiming for 100,000 donations of new or gently used children's books this year.
Kickoff for the Children's Book Drive is set for Saturday, April 6, and you're invited to the kickoff event at Barnes and Noble on Milwaukee Street in Boise. From noon to 2 p.m., you and your family can enjoy fun and prizes for all ages.
The Book Drive will run from April 6 through Friday, April 12. New or gently used children's books will be accepted at any area Albertsons or CapEd Credit Union locations. A list of other drop off locations can be found here. Volunteers are also needed for the Book Bash where donations are cleaned, sorted, and distributed. That's set for April 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.