Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Books Still Available for our DW Holiday Book Drive


UPDATE: All the registries are fulfilled now! Two-hundred books are on their way to the four participating teachers to give to their kids for the holidays. Thank you so much for your contributions — you’ve helped make a difference!

UPDATE #3: Three teachers’ registries are completely fulfilled now! The fourth and final registry is down to 19 11 books. Nineteen Eleven books to go and 200 kids will be getting their very own books for the holidays!

UPDATE #2: You guys are the best! Two teachers’ registries are completely fulfilled (the teachers have been notified and they are thrilled and can’t believe how fast the books were donated), and we are now down to six books on one registry and 25 on another. Can we finished this book drive by the end of tonight?! I bet we can!

UPDATE: After 26 hours, two teacher’s registries (Ono’s and Katie’s) are completely fulfilled! We’re about 75% to our goal of one book each for 200 participating students. Thanks so much for your continued generosity and for spreading the word!

It’s day two of our 4th annual DW Holiday Book Drive and despite some tech issues, we’re over halfway to our goal of getting one book for all 200 students participating in this year’s drive! If you’re looking for an opportunity to give this holiday season, the book drive is your chance. See how excited the beneficiaries of last year’s drive (pictured above) look! Johanna, one of this year’s participating teachers, said that some of her students who received books from us two years ago still carry those books with them and talk about how happy they were to receive them. It may not seem like a big deal to those of us who can buy books on the regular (or have access to great libraries) or grew up knowing there were going to be gifts under the Christmas tree, but for these kids that’s not the case, and a $7 book gifted to them from a stranger via their classroom teachers is not only a thrill, it sends a message that they matter. Don’t underestimate what a big deal your gift is to someone who doesn’t have his or own book and may not get any other gift this holiday season.

So far, we’ve fulfilled one two teachers’ entire registries! Below are links to the remaining registries (please copy and paste the urls listed if the direct links don’t work for you) with info about the teachers and their students.Thank you so much for your generosity β€” it really does make a difference!!!

Johanna J. teaches 5th grade science and reading at a Title 1 school in the small rural town of Halifax, North Carolina. She has 85 students, many of whom love reading but don’t have access to new books. Students’ reading levels range from 2nd to 8th grade. She and the other 5th grade teachers at her school are planning a special delivery of the books you send, complete with a Santa costume! Johanna says that this book drive will truly make magic happen for her students. You can follow her classroom to see your donations at work at @msjorgenparker on Instagram.

Here is Johanna’s book registry for her 5th-graders. Please consider making a purchase!

NOTE: If the direct link does not work for you, please copy and paste this url into your browser:

9 comments… add one
  • Taylor December 1, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Woohoo, the book drive! One of my favorite annuals here – warm fuzzies abound, plus I learn about some new books.

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  • Moneypenny December 1, 2015, 4:48 pm

    Yay! Just ordered a few books! Clicking the links only worked for me one time, but pasting the url worked perfectly. This is so fun! I look forward to hearing about how the kids like their books.

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  • MissDre December 1, 2015, 5:01 pm

    4 books purchased! Enjoy kids πŸ™‚

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  • Dear Wendy December 1, 2015, 5:12 pm

    You guys rock!

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  • Anonymous December 1, 2015, 7:44 pm

    Done, good luck!

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  • Catherine December 1, 2015, 7:57 pm

    I come on this site daily to read the advic being given, but I never comment… but I just wanted to say the book drive is a wonderful idea! I just purchased 6 books frm Johanna’s list

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  • othy December 2, 2015, 11:05 am

    Go DW! Everyone on this site is awesome πŸ™‚

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  • Moneypenny December 2, 2015, 1:05 pm

    Wow! All the books were purchased in… less than 3 days?! Awesome! πŸ™‚

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    • Dear Wendy December 2, 2015, 2:18 pm

      In less than 36 hours even!

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