I first heard of this charity because her father worked for the same company as me. Is it still running? I now work for a school and am hoping to do something to support this charity through a service-learning project.
Just 1 Book has opened a new world of reading for less fortunate children. It began as an idea from a ten year old, Sarah Dewitz, and has grown by leaps and bounds during the past few years. She believes every child deserves their own books, so she secured donations of books from schools, businesses and community service groups. The donated books are distributed to children throughout Orange County and beyond. Over 100,000 books have been distributed to date. One thing that stands out to me is when the book mobile goes back into an area, children bring back the books they've read and want them given to other children. Sarah has shown me that one person can make a difference.
Just 1 Book has collected and distributed over 100,000 new and slightly used books to children in under-served communities in central Florida. This non-profit was started by Sarah Dewitz 3 years ago when she was 10 years old. She now has a bookmobile (her dream when she started was an ice cream truck, only with books) that was donated by Orange County FL. When the bookmobile goes into these communities the children are encouraged to take as many books home that they want to read. In this way children have books of their own at home. It's a great way to recycle books and help increase literacy. I've seen parents delighted to find one of their favorite books from childhood to read to their children. Just 1 Book is this years Kiwanis state project. Children in schools throughout the state now collect books and distribute them to children in a nearby community. This is a great way to teach our children that no matter how old they are they can still help children in their own town.
Just 1 Book was started by my daughter Sarah when she was 10 years old. Sarah loves to read. After learning about an area in need, that is not too far from where we live, she thought that if a parent was struggling with everyday bills they could not afford to buy books for their children. So Sarah wrote a proposal to her Principal that if every child in her school donated Just 1 Book it would be one book for them but 763 when put together. In our first year Just 1 Book has collected over 60,000 books to help children in need. We are growing everyday. As Sarah says it's about "putting a book in a child's hand and a smile on their face". Sarah could not imagine her life without books and wants every child to have one also. This is a great cause with dedicated volunteers. We plan on touching as many children we can. I dedicate my time to Just 1 Book not only for my daughter, but for all the children we are able to bring books to. Please consider joining us and give the gift of literacy.