Harlem Donates 2,300+ Books To Children And Families In Neighborhood Shelters

December 28, 2016

Last week, Total Equity Now (TEN) all-volunteer team delivered 2,343 new and like-new reading treasures to children and their families in shelters in East, Central, and West Harlem.

Fueled by the holiday generosity and dedication of individual Harlemites, local colleges, small businesses, community organizations, and their volunteers, this year’s Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive haul brings our four-and-a-half-year total to nearly 15,000 books.

Expenses for this year’s drive (rental vehicles for book pick-ups and deliveries, breakfast and holiday treats for book-sorting volunteers, materials, advertising, etc.) came to just over $500–so, less than $0.22 per new/like-new book. Their heartfelt thanks to those of you who stepped forward earlier this month with timely donations; because of you, they’re close to breaking even.

If you haven’t made a tax-deductible contribution in 2016 to support the Holiday Book Drive or one of their other outstanding volunteer-driven projects, please consider writing a check today to pave the way for their 2017 initiatives!

Top Three 2016 Holiday Book Drive Donation Sites

1. Harlem YMCA – 601 new/like-new books!
2. Teachers College, Columbia University – 451 new/like-new books!
3. Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center – 341 new/like-new books!

2016 Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive Partners (Full List) 

The City College of New York – Program in Premedical Studies

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The Riverside Church – Mission and Social Justice Commission 

Additional Contributors 

Though not among this year’s official Holiday Book Drive partners, representatives of several other organizations, including the New York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (the top “unofficial” contributor, with 121 new/like-new books), collectively contributed over 25% of the grand total.

Box-Wrapping/Book-Sorting Volunteer Delegations 
Bridging The Gap
Harlem Justice Corps 

Book-Sorting Project Host

Office for Diversity and Community Affairs of Teachers College, Columbia University 

Promotional Supporters

Total Equity Now (TEN) thanks everyone who helped spread the word about this year’s Holiday Book Drive. Special thanks to the organizations below for providing consistent promotional support throughout the drive.

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