"Spreading the gift of literacy through charity" is a key part of BookTini's mission, and our Brooklyn and Long Island chapters stayed true to doing so as they raised funds to bless a few non-profits and people in their communities near the end of 2018.
In December 2018, BookTini - Long Island donated books to the SCO Family of Services Bethany Program.
The Bethany Program consists of group residences located in Brooklyn and Queens, which provide a supportive home environment for pregnant and parenting teens in foster care. Young women in the program recieve help learning educational, vocational, and independent living skills while gaining parenting skills to provide safe and nurturing care for their children.
Our Long Island chapter, led by Kenya Dempster, purchased their book donations ($200 in total) through the Scholastic Literacy Program.
BookTini – Brooklyn raised funds for a number of donations throughout 2018.
As children returned to school in the Fall, they blessed two BookTini Brooklyn members, who are also teachers, with $220 to help supply essentials for their classrooms located in the Crown Heights and Park Slope areas of Brooklyn. The Park Slope donation went specifically to provide reading material for the Special Education/Self Contained students within the school.
During Thanksgiving, BookTini - Brooklyn partnered with the Boys Club of New York and donated $100 to assist two families of four with dinner during the holiday.
And lastly, BookTini -Brooklyn continued their annual tradition of partnering with Astor Services for Children & Families by adopting a family with four sisters, ranging from 8 to 17 years old. Each girl recieved a book, along with five additional gift wrapped presents to contribute to their enjoyment of the Christmas holiday.
Local Community Service Chair, DeAnda Clements, described 2018 as a banner year in giving for the chapter, and expressed eagerness to surpass their 2018 fundraising efforts. “We’re gearing up to do more, give freely, and provide even bigger support in 2019.”