Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced that it collected over 1.4 million books during its 2019 Holiday Book Drive program, nearly 20 percent more books than in 2018. The books were donated to over 627 local charities across the country that provide services to children.
The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers, who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Community partners distributed the books to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service organizations.
“The Holiday Book Drive allows Barnes & Noble to use its network of stores around the country to get books to children and families with the help of our generous customers and partner organizations,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development at Barnes & Noble. “Every year, we are astounded by the generosity of our customers in helping kids experience the joy of reading, and this year shoppers went above and beyond by donating nearly 20 percent more books than in 2018.”
Barnes & Noble stores across the country participate in the Book Drive with local recipients including: Big Brothers Big Sisters; Head Start; Ronald McDonald House; Salvation Army; United Way; YMCA; childrens’ hospitals; various school districts, schools and public libraries; and many other organizations.
Barnes & Noble also made a donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation of over $250,000 worth of products in the New York City and Reno, NV, areas. The donation included books, toys, games, puzzles, and collectibles, which were all distributed by the Marine Corps to families in need.