As part of the National Day of Service on Saturday, thousands of volunteers on the National Mall packed 15,000 brand-new books into bags to be distributed to DC-area students.
The books, including “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport, were provided by First Book, one of seven nonprofits featured as part of the National Day of Service.
“It was thrilling to see so many people come out today to do their part to put new books into the hands of kids from low-income families,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.
“We’re honored to be a part of the National Day of Service; to show people the many ways they can help their communities through service.”
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Each volunteer packed two books into a bag, and decorated bookplates with personal messages. The books and other materials were made possible by KPMG, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, through its KPMG’s Family for Literacy program.