The 2014-2015 Gift of Reading program is officially closed. Nearly 900 RAFT members received 30 or more books to gift to students and build classroom libraries.

Students from several local organizations also benefitted from Gift of Reading, including Sacred Heart Community Services, CET, Santa Clara County Office of Education Migrant Education Program, San Jose Academy High School, and Haven Family House in Menlo Park.

RAFT could not have done this without all the volunteers who went out of their way to connect everyone with books. RAFT would especially like to thank the volunteers who showed up every week to run the book distribution and process donations: Kathy White, Georgina Patterson, Doreen Sabo, Mari Sato, Earl Heinrich, Melissa Gorin, Barbara Anderson, Gabby Martz, Nancy Hatlo-Donnelly, and many more.

Community members donated around 30,000 books and we were able to purchase additional books with financial donations. RAFT thanks all the bookstores, libraries, and offices that served as book collection sites and contributed to the drive’s success.

RAFT is pleased to announce that Gift of Reading will be back next winter.

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