A children’s book drive in Raleigh to benefit the victims of Hurricane Matthew ends Sunday.
Donations of new or gently used books can be left in 65-gallon bins at the N.C Museum of History, the N.C Museum of Art, the N.C Museum of Natural Sciences and the N.C. State Capitol Historic Site.
“So many families have lost everything following Hurricane Matthew, and for the children displaced by this disaster, that includes books,” Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz said in a statement. “Books and stories can serve as an escape from our daily troubles, and it is our hope that this effort will bring some joy and comfort to the families affected by this storm.”
The books will be delivered to schools and public libraries in 19 counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne and Wilson. The schools and libraries will then be charged with giving the books to individuals. Cary Cox, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, said that a distribution plan for the donated books is still being worked out.
About 1,000 books have been collected since the drive began Oct. 5, Cox said.
She added that organizers have noticed “an uptick in donations” in the past week and hope that it continues in the book drive’s final days.
Some of the donations have come from out of state, often from students at other schools. High school students at St. Dominic Savio Catholic in Austin, Texas, and elementary school students at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School in New York are among those who have contributed to the drive, Cox said.
Students at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, Voyager Academy Elementary School in Durham and West Lake Elementary in Apex are among those in the Triangle who have donated books. On Wednesday, Cox said, a mother who home schools her children delivered 10 boxes of books.
“Everyone has been very generous,” she said.
The drive is run by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in partnership with North State Journal and Waste Industries, which provides bins for the books.
Rachel Chason: 919-829-4629
How to donate
New or gently used children’s books can be dropped off at these Raleigh locations:
▪ N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road
▪ N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St.
▪ N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St.
▪ N.C. State Capitol Historic Site, 1 E. Edenton St.