Send used books to deployed soldiers
A great way to honor and support our troops is to donate books to Books for Soldiers. This non-profit allows users to sign into a database and receive book requests from individual soldiers. Mail-call days are some of the most highly anticipated events for deployed soldiers, so you can really brighten a troop’s day with your literary gift. Since all military packages must be requested (due to legal regulations), Books for Soldiers is a great way to keep soldiers reading without compromising anyone’s safety. Don’t miss these ways to read books online for free.
Help prisoners get an education
Books for Prisoners is a non-profit student organization based at the University of California, San Diego. This incredible program donates books and resources to inmates from all over the country. Individual inmates write to the organization, often requesting specific books, dictionaries, and textbooks for their studies. Books for Prisoners, in turn, sends the requested materials in the hopes of furthering their education and helping to turn their lives around. Education is key to a better life for inmates, and you can help make their goals a reality by donating your used books.
Donate your children’s books to military parents overseas
United Through Reading (an organization supported by the Reader’s Digest Foundation) is another great nonprofit dedicated to the military, but this special organization benefits a soldier’s entire family. United Through Reading offers military service members the opportunity to record videos of themselves reading books to their children back home. These book-reading videos strengthen emotional connections for children who are physically separated from their deployed parents, and encourages child literacy. In a program survey, 81 percent of participants reported a decrease in their children’s anxiety about the deployment, and 83 percent of recordings were watched nearly every day or more often. If you donate your used children’s books to United Through Reading, you’ll genuinely help strengthen a family bond through the experience of reading aloud together. Find out even more places to donate books, clothes, and toys.