So off we went. We got to the recycling center and loaded books into the truck. Pete also moved some tables and books around. Once again, the materials on hand were deemed to be too close to one of the balers. All told, we took 18 boxes of books with us. I put Bright Lights explanatory fliers in the outgoing boxes.
There wasn’t much traffic on the roads going into Anchorage; although the weather was nasty. We went right to where we were going, and as luck would have it, we were immediately introduced to the Bean Café Volunteer Coordinator who showed us where to put the books. The Bean Café routinely tends to those who are homeless.
Pete unloaded the books, and I stacked them carefully. The bottom of one box fell apart and I had just enough room for all the books in another box.
Mission accomplished – we left and headed to the Natural Pantry where we stocked up on a few more items.
Embarking on this endeavor was, for me, gratifying. I knew that it was something that I could do that would be of benefit to others. It just took a little bit of initiative to put what I was thinking into action.
We dropped the books off at the temporary couple’s shelter. I am now wondering how I might get books to the temporary woman and children’s shelter. I have the books ready to go. And I have this feeling that this is going to be as easy as it was today.
The recycling center staff also came up with a flier indicating that we’ll drop off books on doorsteps if people want them. I’m going to have to generate some publicity for this part of the project. This won’t be hard, it’s just going to take time.
It’s snowing again so I have an excuse for being inside.
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