Can you imagine a childhood without books? Without
Goodnight Moon at bedtime? Without
The Giving Tree or
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe? Can you imagine a childhood without books to help you learn to read, gain knowledge and encourage your dreams?
For 250,000 Chicagoland children, lack of book ownership was a stark reality...until supporters like you empowered Bernie's Book Bank to give them books.
You, and supporters like you, volunteered valuable time, organized book drives and generously supported our mission to increase book ownership.
You, and supporters like you, ensured hundreds of thousands of at-risk children throughout Chicagoland brought home 12 quality books this year. Books like
Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree and
You, and supporters like you, celebrated special occasions in our event spaces, honored loved ones with donations and gathered co-workers for team building in our expanded facility.
You, and supporters like you, brought favorite books to our processing center, lovingly packed them and shared our mission with your friends and family.
It might sound simple, but as the
Chicago Tribune reported on December 25th
, "some of the best things you can do in the world are the simplest things." The simple act of giving books means a lot to the children we serve. Children like Hannah who told us, "Because I'm a reader, I will be a teacher."
means teachers can assign reading homework, parents can encourage their children's interests and children can experience the pride and joy of book ownership.
Bernie's Book Bank currently serves nearly 65% of at-risk Chicagoland children.
Can you help us serve 100% of at-risk children who need books for a better life? We need
to accomplish this goal.
Please consider a gift to Bernie's Book Bank this year: $60 provides 12 quality books for 10 children and $200 provides 12 quality books for 33 children in a large classroom. Every dollar you donate has a profound impact.