Donate a book to Andy’s Books for Kids…Sounds Like a Plan!

From press release

As a fund-raiser, the charitable organization “Andy’s Books for Kids…Sounds Like a Plan!” is having a used book sale at the 2010 Boone County Fair.

For this sale, Andy’s Books would like to collect 25,000 adult and children’s books in good condition. If you are interested in donating books for this cause, there will be bins available for book drop-off through July 15 at the following locations:

Logli Supermarkets: 1810 Harlem, Loves Park; 3150 N. Rockton, Rockford; 6410 E. State, Rockford; and 2642 Charles St., Rockford.

Curves: 3142 N. Rockton; 2430 S. Alpine; Edgebrook Shopping Center, 1623 N. Alpine, No. 105; 6481 N. Second, Loves Park; and 5348 Williams Drive, Roscoe.

YMCA of Rock River Valley: I.D. Pennock Branch, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford; and Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park.

Andy’s Books for Kids was started two years ago by Meg Hodge in memory of her son, Andy, who died in 2006 at the age of 22 from a brain tumor. The mission of Andy’s Books is to promote child literacy by donating new children’s books to kids in underserved areas.

Projects completed by Andy’s Books for Kids in the past two years include:

→ Donating a new book to every third- and fourth-grader at Spring Creek Elementary School;

→ Donating more than 300 new children’s books to People Serving People, a homeless shelter for families with children in Minneapolis;

→ Donating $1,000 to Belvidere Central Middle School to fulfill the students’ wish list for their library;

→ Donating $5,000 to the Shirland School District for the purchase of science textbooks for grades K-4;

→ Donating a new book to every student at Brookview School for their Family Literacy Night;

→ Donating more than 100 new children’s books to the Women in Crisis Center to help create a library for the children there; and

→ Donating 500 books and $1,000 to the Martin Luther King Elementary School in Urbana, Ill., for their school library.

Following the Family Literacy Night at Brookview School, Cindy Kinsley, teacher of a fourth-grade class, wrote in a thank-you: “This experience will have a lasting effect on all Brookview kids…I’m not sure I’ve witnessed such excitement for reading as I did when my kids learned they could select their own gift book! What a terrific idea.”

In a letter of thanks to Meg, one of the students expressed his thanks by saying: “You seem like a very nice person. I enjoyed the book. I hope you enjoy making people happy. I’m one of those people.”

If you would like more information about or would like to donate to Andy’s Books for Kids…Sounds like a Plan!, visit Meg’s Web site at or contact Meg at

From the June 16-22, 2010 issue

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