WRAL Go Ask Mom: Book Harvest plans drive-through event to celebrate kids, books

DURHAM, N.C. — Book Harvest, a Durham-based nonprofit that gets books to kids in need, will host a contactless drive-through celebration of kids and books on Jan. 18.

The event takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which also is the National Day of Service. Participants are asked to bring donations of new and gently used children’s books to the event. Children’s book characters will be on hand to cheer on attendees as they drive up and help unload their donations, according to a press release. Donations will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m., Jan. 18, at Durham Central Park.

The pandemic is forcing the annual event, called the Dream Big Book Drive, to take on a different form this year. Usually, hundreds of people show up to volunteer to donate and sort the children’s books into different categories. Last year, people donated more than 42,000 new and gently used children’s books at the Dream Big Book Drive. Altogether, Book Harvest has distributed more than 1.4 million books to kids in the area since 2011, according to the release.

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