Maryland Nonprofit Works To Get Books To Kids In Under Resourced Neighborhoods

The Maryland Book Bank is working to help kids have access to reading with donated books.

Video Transcript

- Pandemic has stopped us from doing a lot of things, but one thing it could never stop us from doing-- reading.

- Sean Streicher with how you can help a local nonprofit give hundreds of thousands of books to under-resourced neighborhoods.

SEAN STREICHER: The Maryland Book Bank donates nearly half a million books a year to families, libraries, even schools. The majority of these books come from generous donors. Tia Richardson dropped off 51 books at the Maryland Book Bank for their annual Books For Kids Day.

TIA RICHARDSON: I understand that there is always a need for kids to get books and books and education is a way to just change your whole outlook on life.

SEAN STREICHER: The goal is to collect 10,000 books to fill out 2,000 story kits for children in need of something to read in Maryland.

MARK FEIRING: A story is something we developed for COVID. So what we started doing is creating a nice little box that has five to 10 books in it, depending on which program, and then those are shipped directly to children's homes. They can go online and order them, and it's free.

SEAN STREICHER: They now send the kits directly to schools. Mark Feiring, the executive director of the Maryland Book Bank, says the book kits have been extremely successful during the pandemic, and days like today are vital.

MARK FEIRING: One of the important things is that we engage the community and what we're doing, as well. So when we get people out here to help us pack these things up and sort, it gets us ahead of the game a little bit, because the sorting part is really time consuming.

SEAN STREICHER: And Tia knows with each book donated and sorted, a child can be taken on an adventure without leaving their home.

TIA RICHARDSON: Books can take you places in your mind where you normally couldn't go, so I wanted to be a part of it, so I'm glad I can do that.

SEAN STREICHER: Now while they do have a lot of books, they could always use more. If you want to find out how to donate or volunteer your time, head over to our website, WJZ.com. In Baltimore, Sean Streicher for WJZ.