Melissa Wiley at Here in the Bonny Glen wrote recently about a new charity that puts books into the hands of kids who need them. Her enthusiasm for the project inspired me to also spread the word. According to their website, Kids In Need - Books In Deed:
"is bringing FREE books and FREE author visits to underprivileged schools and community organizations. How? In addition to private funding, schools that hope to inspire generosity and service in their students can sign up to sponsor a Write-A-Thon and the money raised will bring free books and authors to kids who need them most."
"The fund is housed by the Florida State University Foundation. Proceeds go to buying books for underprivileged children in the state of Florida where high level matching funds are available. The FSU Foundation requires only 2.4% for overhead and .6% for investment fees. Books are purchased directly from publishers to receive the greatest discounts. Prizes for participating schools are funded mainly by donations from organizations. Our authors volunteer their time--as do our web and materials designers, founders and board of directors."
It sounds like a pretty cool program to me. I like the way they get kids who are better off involved in the Write-A-Thons, and hence get them thinking about helping less fortunate kids.