United Way Kicks Off Book Drive

United Way is partnering with the Wichita Falls Public Library, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Library to provide free books for daycare centers and children in the community ages five and younger.

According to local United Way research by the Community Impact Council on Education, area day care centers struggle to keep enough age-appropriate books available for children in this age category. More than 100 licensed childcare providers in the Wichita Falls area will be given the opportunity to select books for their centers. All remaining books will be available to the public free of charge.

"United Way Day of Action is the day we stand up and ask our community to pledge to change the course of the future. This year, we're focusing on early childhood education. When children have access to age-appropriate books early-on, they go to kindergarten prepared and ready to learn," David Farabee said.  Farabee is the United Way campaign chair and book drive chair.

United Way and its partners wish to encourage businesses to participate in this exciting event to improve childhood literacy. Businesses who wish to hold workplace book drives will be asked to coordinate their individual drives and deliver books to the Wichita Falls Public Library for sorting and distribution the week of July 23.

If you are interested in participating in the book drive, or would like more information regarding the event, please contact Stephanie Gorham at (940) 322-8638 or email her at sgorham@ntauw.org.

How to have a book drive:

1. Find a large, sturdy box that can hold the abundance of books your business will collect.

2. Put the box in an open area so everyone can contribute.

3. Attach the poster enclosed to your donation box.

4.  Spread the word! You're providing your community and its children with FREE books!

5.  Collect new and gently used age-appropriate books for children ages 0-5 through July 20.

6.  Take your books to the Wichita Falls Public Library for sorting and distribution July 23-27.