Let’s Help Hannah Change the World

Last week I was honored to meet a remarkable young lady named Hannah Addington that came to volunteer at the Dollar Book Swap.  We spoke for quite awhile and I learned a lot about her and her incredible heart for literacy and helping others.  I really want to help her meet her goals and be part of her terrific mission. 
 We need more young people like Hannah to step up and help others.  I asked her to write an article for us to explain what she is up to, and how the Dollar Book Swap community can help her.  -Greg

DSC_0098My name is Hannah Addington. I am currently working towards my Congressional Gold Medal. Part of the medal’s requirements is 400 hours of volunteer service. Through my volunteer work, I have been able to get involved with the Sandals Foundation which is part of the Sandals and Beaches brand of resorts. In June, through the Reading Road trip with Beaches Teens, I was able to read to a second grade class in the Bahamas, on the island of Turks and Caicos. The students we read to lit up with excitement when we pulled out the books and started reading to them. When we finished reading to them, we handed the books to several of the students and they went crazy! They reacted like they had just won the lottery. Their love for books along with their need prompted me to set up a Go Fund Me project so I could raise funds to donate basic school supplies, recess toys, and first aid equipment to schools in Turks and Caicos.

As I near the end of my Go Fund Me project, I have added a new component. This new part of my project is to donate books, not only to the schools for their libraries, but also to teachers for their individual classrooms and to the students for their own personal reading material. In looking for ways to achieve this goal, I learned about Greg Murphy and the One Dollar Book Swap in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. I had the opportunity to meet with Greg and discuss my goals and the need of teachers and students in all of the Bahamas.

Greg and his company’s philanthropic efforts were very apparent in our meeting. Our goals of providing children in need with books was the same. Part of Greg’s business is utilizing volunteers to prepare for weekend book sales. By using volunteers, Greg is able donate books into the local community and fill a large need. Volunteers are rewarded with a $30 certificate to donate or use at the One Dollar Book Swap. To fulfill my goal of sending books to children in the Bahamas, I will be volunteering to earn credits to purchase books for the children in the Bahamas. Greg and the One Dollar Book Swap are partnering with me in matching my credits to buy books. Not only are they matching my credits, but they are also shipping the books for distribution. For this partnership, I am very appreciative and grateful.

You can help further our efforts as well. The first way to do this is help me complete my Go Fund Me campaign. Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/4v9sqa2v5dg. The second way to help is to volunteer on behalf of this project. The One Dollar Book Swap will match your certificate when you volunteer on behalf of this project. This means your time will benefit children in the Bahamas with $60 in books.  To sign up for volunteer times or to find out more about Greg’s amazing company and philanthropic efforts, visit his website at https://www.onedollarbookswap.com.

1 Comment

  • Rebecca Danielson

    Reply Reply January 8, 2016

    Hannah! I have just learned about One Dollar Book Swap. And, I have been blessed to read your log and learn about your efforts for children’s literacy and all of your volunteer work for children in the Bahamas. “Kiddie Lit” has always been a passion of mine (even French children’s stories). I will certainly try to come to the shop soon. BRAVO, keep up the good work!

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