For the Love of Reading Book Drives

Literacy changes lives. Books can "S.P.A.R.K." a child to develop a love for reading. The acronym S.P.A.R.K. was created by two of our very own HUGS Ambassadors (then 8th graders, now soon to be 10th graders), which means Spreading Passion and Reading Knowledge. They were able to collect over 1,000 books to help SPARK a love for reading and give hope to students in need. It's amazing to witness students drive change in their communities!  

Literacy matters! You may ask why? Well according to the Huffington Post, some of the great benefits of reading and writing are “economic security, access to health care, and the ability to actively participate in civic life all depend on an individual’s ability to read.” Everything needed to be an independent member of society.

Although, you’d be surprised how many children don’t have a book to call their own, and it could be a child you know. Research has proven numerous times that children are more likely to want to read when they have a book of their own. If we want to change our literacy rate we have to change the rate of books per child...every child, from wealthy to poor.

Help us do the unthinkable...help us inspire a child to get lost in a book. Today, be something bigger than yourself. Donate your gently used or new books and we’ll ensure they’ll go to a child in need. If you are unable to donate books at this time, please conisder a tax deductible donation today! Click here to make a donation to support our mission and programs. 

We want to move unprecedented mountains…

...For the Love of Reading. Join us! Donate your gently used or new books today! 

Drop off locations for the following cities and states:

San Antonio, Texas

Tobin Center

100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205

March 7-30, 2017

Microsoft Store

Location and dates to be determined

Temple, Texas 

Storage Solutions at Canyon Ridge

1119 Canyon Creek Dr, Temple, TX 76502

Permanent drop off location for books starting March 10, 2017.

Killeen, Texas

Charles Patterson Middle School (Library)

8383 West Trimmier Rd, Killeen, TX 76542 

Date to be determined

San Angelo, Texas (March 10-April 7, 2017)

Hello Angelo State University Faculty, Staff and Students!
 
My name is Dr. Crystal Kreitler, and I have the pleasure of serving on the the board of the nonprofit organization Give More HUGS (Helping Unite Giving Souls), which was founded by Angelo State University Alum of 2005, Christopher McGilvery after living in a developing country in the West Indies. The mission of Give More HUGS is dedicated to inspire a love of learning, reading and creativity in underprivileged students across the United States. It's that time of year again, and we are hosting the 3rd annual book drive. The Angelo State University Give More HUGS Chapter, Honors Student Association, Teacher Store, San Angelo Police Department, Howard College, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Angelo State University College of Education, Porter Henderson Library, and Tom Green County Library have partnered together to host the 3rd Annual “For the Love of Reading Book Drive”. Now through April 24, 2017, these organizations will accept gently used and new books, which will be given to Title I schools in San Angelo and surrounding cities. Give More HUGS encourages everyone in San Angelo and surrounding communities to drop off gently used or new children’s books at participating drop off locations in order to help unlock a child’s creativity and imagination. E-mail me or our general inbox at admin@givemorehugs.org, if you are interested in volunteering or supporting this year’s community book drive. On behalf of the organization and community partners, we encourage you to donate gently used or new books at one of the following drop off locations (if you are unable to donate because, please visit us at www.givemorehugs.org to learn more about our work.):
 
 
Thank you in advance! 
 

Teacher Store

310 N Chadbourne St, San Angelo, TX 76903

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

1 Love St, San Angelo, TX 76903

Angelo State University

College of Education , Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, Room 287

2602 Dena Drive, San Angelo, Texas 76909

Porter Henderson Library

2025 Johnson St, San Angelo, TX 76909

Howard College, Library

3501 N US Hwy 67. San Angelo, TX 76905.

San Angelo Police Department

401 E Beauregard Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903

Tom Green County Library

33 W Beauregard Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903

Lubbock, Texas 

Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

2902 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79410 (Located on the TTU campus between the College of Education and the Maedgen Theatre)

White Plains, New York

Westy Self Storage

179 Westmoreland Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

Permanent drop off location since June 2016
 

Portchester, New York

Portchester ISD

Drop off locations and dates to be determined

Fairfield, CT

Sacred Hearts University

Drop off locations and dates to be determined

Middlebury, CT

Drop off locations and dates to be determined

Are you interested in hosting a Give More HUGS book drive (or school supply drive)? If so, contact admin@givemorehugs.org. We would love to partner with students across the United States to be the change they wish to see in their community! 

 

Citations

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/illiteracy-rate_n_3880355.html

https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/a-book-in-every-home-and-then-some/?_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/03/08/most-literate-nation-in-the-world-not-the-u-s-new-ranking-says/