The retailer reports that more than 1.5 million books were contributed by B&N's customers and its staff. "Our annual Holiday Book Drive is one of our favorite community relations initiatives,” said Sarah DiFrancesco. The books will be given to local charities, and distributed to worthy causes such as literacy groups, hospitals, social services, and kid's advocacy groups like Toys for Tots, the YMCA, Big Brothers, and the United Way.
Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that it collected and donated more than 1.5 million books to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to children during its 2015 Holiday Book Drive program.
The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers and booksellers who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2015, and January 1, 2016. Community partners have already begun distributing the books collected by Barnes & Noble booksellers to hospitals, children’s learning and advocacy centers, literacy organizations, and social service organizations.
“Our annual Holiday Book Drive is one of our favorite community relations initiatives,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “An honored tradition for more than 20 years, our booksellers and stores have partnered with a wonderful array of local charities, that they chose, and donated thousands of books to local children in need. On behalf of Barnes & Noble, I want to thank our customers and booksellers who have reflected the spirit of the generosity. Thanks to their efforts and kindness, millions of children across the country received the gift of reading.”
Local recipients of books from the Holiday Book Drive include: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; Toys for Tots; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; Salvation Army; First Book; Children’s Hospitals from around the nation; Reach Out & Read; Ronald McDonald House; Head Start; United Way Children’s Advocacy Center; Texas Boys Ranch; and hundreds of other deserving organizations.
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