Serving together to advance Dr. King’s dream

Serving together to advance Dr. King’s dream
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Photo courtesy: Debbie Lefever

Volunteers in Orange County had several projects this year to choose from to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day “A Day On, Not A Day Off.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘what are you doing for others?’”

On Monday, Jan. 21, THINK Together hosted its annual Martin Luther King Jr. book doctor event.

During this three hour project, 3,016 books were “doctored” by volunteers from PIMCO, Starbucks, Jumpstart Irvine, UCI Red Cross Club, National Charity League, Orange County Church of Christ, Hope Worldwide, El Modena National Honor Society, UC Irvine Alpha Phi Omega and countless others who signed up through OneOC.

The volunteers cleaned, repaired, and labeled gently used children’s books that have been donated to THINK Together’s Early Literacy and Math Program.

OneOC matched up more than 100 volunteers to THINK Together’s Book Doctor Project.

Now that these books have been “doctored” they are ready to go back into the hands of children through community events, nonprofit partners, local school districts, and pediatric waiting rooms in Orange County.

The volunteers who participated in this project are crucial in the distribution of books to children; it wouldn’t be possible without them.

The popularity of the Book Doctor Project has increased over the past year and it has been great seeing familiar faces volunteering month after month.

Thanks to volunteer support, THINK Together’s Early Literacy and Math Program has been able to distribute nearly 70,000 books since July 2012.

The inventory of gently used books to “doctor” has been exhausted due to all the Book Doctor events that have been held. In order to continue the Book Doctor Projects and distribution of books to children, the Early Literacy and Math Program is now focusing on book donations and Book Drives as volunteer projects.

If you have any gently used children’s books collecting dust, give the gift of literacy to others and donate your books to THINK Together. For more information on hosting a Book Drive for THINK Together contact Jonathan Barba.


Photo courtesy: Debbie Lefever