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DW’s Third Annual Holiday Book Drive!

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UPDATE 4: THE REGISTRY HAS BEEN FULFILLED! Thanks to everyone who made purchases! 77 books in total were bought for Ogo’s middle school kids in Baltimore. Happy holidays to them and to all of us!

UPDATE 3: As of 8 am (wednesday) we have just 9 books left on the registry! Can you help reach the goal of getting one book to each of Ogo’s students for the holidays? Thank you!

UPDATE 2: As of 6 PM (EST), 32 out of 63 books have been purchased. We’re halfway there! Thank you to all those who have purchased books for Ogo’s middle-schoolers!

UPDATE: As of 2:20 PM (EST), 11 books (out of 63) have been purchased. Let’s keep it up! Can we hit the goal by the end of the day? It’s Giving Tuesday, after all!!

In 2012 we had a last-minute book drive for a class in a low-income school in New Orleans. The drive was such a success — all the books on the teacher’s list were purchased within 90 minutes! — I decided to make it an annual event. In last year’s holiday book drive, we got ambitious and had three teachers participating, with over 180 students all together, and DW readers fulfilled the teachers’ wish lists, purchasing over 215 books for the students. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s participants, and follow the link to their Amazon gift registry where you can purchase books if you’re able to. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Ogo A. was a lawyer (and daily DW reader!) who was drafted by an alternate route teaching program and is in her second year of teaching middle school language arts at a Title 1, low income school in Baltimore. She teaches several classes and has 74 students total and would be very grateful to get enough books for all of her students to each take one home as a holiday gift (any extras will be used to boost her classroom library). She surveyed her students, asking what books they would most like, and her registry reflects their replies (including a few cookbooks, requested by students interested in learning to cook, and some box sets she plans to break up among several students). Ogo participated in last year’s gift drive during her first year as a teacher and said it was so amazing she wanted to participate again. Let’s see if we can make this year as amazing as last year!

Here is Ogo’s book registry for her middle-schoolers. Please consider making a purchase!

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  • MissDre December 2, 2014, 12:08 pm

    I got an error when I clicked the link 🙁

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    • Dear Wendy December 2, 2014, 12:18 pm

      Oh no. It works fine for me. Is anyone else having issues?

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      • othy December 2, 2014, 12:23 pm

        It works fine for me.

  • Dear Wendy December 2, 2014, 2:10 pm

    So, it seems the link doesn’t work for those of you in Canada, and unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way for me to convert the link to a Canadian-friendly url. Sadly, we will have to try to reach this drive goal without the help of our friends up north…

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    • MissDre December 2, 2014, 4:52 pm

      Oh no! I wonder why that happened? Cuz I was able to participate last year!

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  • karenwalker December 2, 2014, 6:58 pm

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    • Dear Wendy December 2, 2014, 7:51 pm

      That’s on the American site though. You don’t have the same option to search for wedding registries on the Canadian site for some reason. This wasn’t an issue last year, but it is this year, unfortunately.

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      • Pamplemousse Rose December 3, 2014, 11:24 am

        For the Canadians – once you click the link, the url redirects to amazon.ca. You can manually change the url in the address bar it to amazon.com and that should get you to the registry (at least it worked for me).

      • Dear Wendy December 3, 2014, 11:39 am

        Good to know, thanks!

        We have two more books left on the registry. Canadians who wanted to participate, there’s still time! Go, go, go!

  • Jane63 December 2, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Come on now! Y’all can do better than this. I bought a book – you can! I know you can. These are middle schoolers. Ugh! Remember how weird you felt? Not a little kid any more and not a teenager. You know. You were in the……wait for it…..middle. Let’s get this done!

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  • Moneypenny December 3, 2014, 12:31 am

    Just bought 5! I hope they all get purchased!

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