Studio City News
4GOOD Fourth Annual Book Drive
By Melissa Simon
Aug 23, 2013 - 12:03:28 PM

STUDIO CITY—The nonprofit organization 4GOOD is hosting their fourth Annual Book Drive on September 8 with the goal of collecting more than 2,000 books to donate to The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC).

Erika Athanas, co-founder and executive director of 4GOOD, told Canyon News the book drive began when a volunteer suggested the idea.

“We loved the idea,” she said. “We looked for a partner to help us facilitate the book donation and we found BookEnds. They continue to be a valuable and wonderful partner for us. They do amazing work and we are proud to partner with them and support their cause.”

BookEnds, a nonprofit organization that recycles children’s books and creates libraries in schools and youth organizations, is partnering with 4GOOD again in order to help them reach their goal.

“BookEnds has set us up to donate the books we collect this year to The Child Care Resource Center, which promotes optimal child development through access to quality child care, family support, economic development and community education,” Athanas said.

Table at a previous book drive. Photo credit: 4GOOD
Athanas said anyone can donate books during the drive by stopping by the Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt at 13369 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks between 12:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“We are also looking for volunteers to help us during the drive (by doing) set up, sorting and packing boxes and clean up,” she said.

4Good is mainly looking for elementary-aged books but will also take any other kids or adults books.

“Aside from helping out CCRC our aim is to help parents with a hands-on reason to explain to their kids how important it is to give back,” she said.

She added that the best part is that kids get to see firsthand how important giving back is, giving them a whole new perspective on what is really important, according to 4GOOD’s Facebook page.  

“Get involved, explain to your kids why they should give away books they no longer use,” the event page reads. “Involve them in the process!”

Since the Los Angeles-based nonprofit held their first book drive, Athanas said they have collected and donated about 6,000 books to several places including the New Academy school library in Canoga Park, the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Summer Night Lights Program, and WIC (Women, Infant & Children), a government program providing assistance to low income families.

“Hopefully we are empowering them to continue to do GOOD for the rest of their lives,” Athanas said on the Facebook page. “It’s been an amazing journey and we hope to continue to build the 4GOOD community so more families will be inspired to give back.”

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