Gabe’s Books for Peru

There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than highlighting some of the wonderful events we’ve had this year. Here, Gabriele raised 355 books that his family will ship to Peru. Normally, Milk + Bookies will help you find a local organization in your home town in need of books, but Gabe’s dedication to the children in the CHOC Hospital in Borja, Peru was his only choice. He was so inspired by his experience helping others that he has started his own non-profit, Mission:Hero. We are thrilled to have helped get him on his way!

Gabe’s mom says,
“As a mom of two young impressionable boys, I am constantly looking for fun ways to engage them in learning valuable life lessons during the most important developmental years of their lives. Finding Milk + Bookies was beyond a nice birthday solution for Gabriele…it was the perfect opportunity to take his love of books and desire to share to the highest level. To boot…he now tells other kids that “kids can make a difference too. You don’t have to have tons of money or be a grown up….you just have to decide to do something good & Go For It.”

by meredith

Norah’s 5th Birthday

This is a wonderful story about one family’s experience hosting a Milk + Bookies party, Please check it out:

We loved what the birthday girl’s mother wrote:

I have to confess something, though. I was trying to really make Norah understand why it was so important to give these books to children in need, and frustrated that she seemed so focused on what she was getting. And yet I hadn’t been setting the best example for her this past week. I didn’t ask for her involvement in the party planning. I didn’t approach the event calmly and happily. I ran around like a maniac to Michael’s and Home Depot and Kinko’s trying to recreate every adorable book-themed decorating project I found on Pinterest. I yelled and stressed and got caught up in the silly need to impress with “my perfect party theme,” completely losing sight of the fact that this day was about Norah.
So I guess it was a “teachable moment” for us both. For me, it was a reminder that things don’t need to be perfect, and that this drive to impress everyone with how I can do it all is silly and unrealistic. And for Norah, it was a chance to learn about children in her own community who are less fortunate, and whose days might be brightened with new stories to read.

Norah raised 16 books that will go to her local children’s hospital.

by meredith

Eight Crazy Nights

As we are coming up fast to the holidays, we wanted to share some ideas to make it more meaningful and less stressful for your family.

Some of our supporters celebrate Chanukah, some, Christmas and some, both.

Whatever your family does, it can get out of hand and lose it’s meaning altogether, especially with children in the mix. One family we know always makes sure to add one Chanukah night all about giving and not getting. This is where Milk + Bookies comes in:

1. Pick a night and dedicate it to giving.
2. Invite your family and friends through
3. Purchase your Bookies Box on our SHOP page.
4. Order cookies at
5. Get some frozen potato pancakes at Trader Joe’s (or anywhere).

Of course those are just our suggestions. The only thing we REALLY hope you do is participate in some kind of giving experience.


by meredith