United Nations International Children’s Education Fund advocates at BC are hosting a donation book drive until May 15. Any book is accepted, all of which will be donated to the Worldwide Book Drive to be further distributed. Last fall, BC’s UNICEF did a Young Artist’s Sale, where they worked on art with children around the local Bellevue area, pieces of which were sold for fundraising. For spring quarter, UNICEF has focused on organizing the book drive.
“The Worldwide Book Drive reached out to us and we thought that it was a good idea because they focus on promoting global literacy rate, mainly for children to complete their education,” said Jeselin Andono, a member of BC’s UNICEF group. Andono further elaborated on the connection between the WBD and BC’s UNICEF. “I think that Worldwide Book Drive is a good outlet for these donations as they distribute them equally and according to areas that need them,” she said.
Millions of pounds of used books go to landfills or corrosive storage units, which is detrimental to the environment. The Worldwide Book Drive is closely associated with charities like Myanmar Book Aid, The Road Home, Delivering Better Lives, UTI Shippers and Life Skills Center.
“The drive will allow students to give back to the society. Especially sharing with people who are less fortunate than we are. I think that it is also a good way to do some spring-cleaning while donating and doing something meaningful,” said Andono.
Donating books at this drive may be a more appealing way for students to recycle books than doing buybacks, where only a small portion of the original price is returned. For every book donated at the BC drive, the Worldwide Book Drive will give BC’s UNICEF $1
“Our trademark for the book drive is that are collection bins are shaped like monsters to make them look attractive,” said Andono. Students are encouraged to keep an eye out for these monster donation boxes in order to help BC’s UNICEF group and the WBD by becoming part of a revolutionized used-book.