September
28

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Heath’s 6th Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to

Heath!

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For his sixth birthday, Heath hosted his second Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser, where he and all of his ninja friends helped raise 25 books for the Elizabeth House!

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Since 1993, the Elizabeth House has provided shelter, hope, and support for homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena by supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic needs. Through classes on parenting, health, financial management, emotional health, and job skills training, the team at the Elizabeth House works tirelessly to build a better future for these women and their children!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 13

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 25

DONATED TO: Elizabeth House

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Great work Heath! We know the children at the Elizabeth House will love the books you gave them! 

We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Heath and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

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To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
August
12

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Connor’s 1st Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to

Connor & Jessica!
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To celebrate her son Connor’s first birthday, Jessica hosted a small but mighty Dr. Seuss themed Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser benefitting the Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter in North Carolina.

Helpmate provides safety, shelter, and support to victims of domestic abuse and their children through free emergency housing, courtroom advocacy, counseling, and helping build a safer future for victims and their children. Connor and Jessica raised five books for children in these difficult situations to enjoy!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 4

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 5

DONATED TO: Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter

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Great work Jessica and Connor! We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Connor and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
June
3

Madewell Gives Back with Milk + Bookies

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to our friends at Madewell!

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The amazing team at Madewell put together a stellar Milk + Bookies book-raiser at their Costa Mesa / South Coast Plaza store on May 29th. They provided guests with champagne and delicious cookies from Milk Jar to enjoy and, for everyone who brought in books, they received 20% off a purchase of $125+ AND a free Madewell tote! The folks at Madewell were able to raise over 42 books which will be donated to Olive Crest, an organization focused on preventing and treating child abuse in Orange County.tumblr_m2ucafR1PO1qzdg78image001

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 42

DONATED TO: OLIVE CREST

We are so happy to have partnered with Madewell to give so many fantastic books to kids who need them most! Madewell is one special company who not only makes the BEST products, but also gives back to their community! Madewell also supports initiatives that protect the environment and responsible sourcing. To learn more about Madewell‘s social responsibility initiatives, click here!

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THANKS TEAM MADEWELL!

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To find out how to get your company/store involved with Milk + Bookies, email us at info@milkandbookies.org!

Learn more about hosting your own book-raiser by visiting our website here!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

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by Abigail Wordin
November
25

We Are Thankful For…

Happy Thanksgiving!


This year has FLOWN by and we can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is already here! It has been an incredibly busy year for us at Milk+Bookies and we wanted to take a moment to share what we are thankful for.

We are thankful for all of the parents and families.

We understand how hard you work in order to love and support your children. Thank you for being the creators of the next generation, supporting them as they explore the world with new eyes, and inspiring them.

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We are thankful for all of the teachers, principles, and school administrators.

Thank you for loving each student as your own. We know how you dedicate a countless number of hours to your students and your classroom in order to help them learn, grow, and realize their full potential.

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We are thankful for all of the children and students.

Your excitement, perspective, and love brings magic into the world. You inspire us day in, day out.

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We are thankful for all of the authors and books.

You whisk us away to far away lands, take us on adventures, and transform us into mystical creatures. You challenge us and help us grow by showing us your world and the world of your characters.

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Thanks to all of you, Milk + Bookies has grown beyond what we could have ever imagined. We have inspired future philanthropists across the country in over 400 cities and your book-raiser parties and events have helped to raise and donate over 259,000 books. Our newest program, Leaders+Readers has helped to donate 90,000 books to Title I schools and organizations throughout Los Angeles.

We are thankful for YOU for understanding the importance of reading and giving, and helping us to get books into the hands of kids who need them!!

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It’s safe to say that 2015 has been OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD! We are so excited for 2016 and all the year has in store for us.

While Thanksgiving encourages us to reflect on what we have and what we have accomplished, we also want to take a moment to reflect on how we can BE BETTER and DO BETTER. Having said that, these staggering statistics drive us to work even harder next year, and we hope you will join us!

Los Angeles has the highest number of illiterate residents of any U.S. city.

Most, if not all, Title I schools don’t have a budget for books or library support staff.

70% of LAUSD students are part of the free lunch program – If they cannot afford lunch, they cannot afford books.

Approximately 60% of LAUSD students are scoring below proficient in English Language Arts.

Help us continue to inspire future philanthropists and bring books to kids who don’t have any by hosting your own book-raiser party, have a Leaders+Readers book-drive at your LA school, send us your gently used books, and READ!

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Have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving!

Read! Give! Grow!


by Marianna Yamamoto
June
2

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Mrs. Kraemer’s Class

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It’s no secret that we love teachers! We love them even more when they take the time to teach their students the joys of giving back with Milk+Bookies!

Today’s Milk+Bookies Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to Mrs. Kraemer and her fantastic class! Put together as a 1st grade class project, they helped raise books for an underserved school in Nashville, TN. Check out what these amazing future philanthropists were able to accomplish!

Total Books Raised: 102
How many kids were involved in your event? 21
Donated To: Napier Elementary, Nashville, TN
Below are quotes from the students!

“Good and makes me smile and feel happy.” -Tess age 6.

“Like I want to sing.” – Hayden age 7.

“Great in my heart.” – Adi age 7.

“Giving makes me feel goo. Giving makes me feel happy.” – Sophie age 7.

“Happy and glad and proud.” -Arnold age 6.

“Delightful.” – Meenal age 6.

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“Thank you Milk+Bookies for another great experience!”

Thanks for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!!

Read! Give! Grow!


by Sonia Garcia
February
6

Valentine’s Day Inspired Book-Raiser

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Well folks, it is officially February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!

What better time of year to celebrate your love of books and giving than now, right? The team here at Milk+Bookies love discovering new ways that we can help make your Book-Raiser memorable, fun, and successful. So, we have compiled a list of our top 5 favorite DIY and party planning ideas (courtesy of Pinterest…where would we all be without it?!?) inspired by Valentine’s Day!

Heart Garlands

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Garlands are one of the best ways to decorate for any party and there are endless ways to make them. This is a great example of a “book-themed” heart garland. If you have as much of an aversion to cutting up books as we do then newspaper works just as well!  

Valentine’s Day Coloring Cards

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You can find tons of free printable cards online like these or, if you are the more creative type, you can design your own. What we do at all of our book-raisers is have kids fill out and draw on cards that say things like “Reading makes me feel..” or “Giving makes me feel…”. You can see examples here.

Books All About Love

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Who knew there were so many children’s books out there that would be perfect for story time at your Valentine’s Day themed book-raiser!?! You could also tell the kids to donate their favorite books about love. You can find a list of some great Valentine’s Day themed children’s books here.

Blind Date with a Book

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Discovered this activity on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with it! It would be great to see this incorporated as a way for the kids to choose a book for story time. You simply wrap the books in plain paper then write clues to what the story is about!

Cookies…Of Course!      

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Now, what would a Milk+Bookies Book-Raiser be without cookies!?! Whether you are a culinary wiz or a more pre-made kinda person, just grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter and go to town! Or, you could purchase the official Milk+Bookies Cookie from Isabella’s Cookie Company. YUM!

 

Happy planning everyone!

To find out how to host your own Milk+Bookies Book-Raiser click here.

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
January
21

Splendid Bookraiser Update!

As some of you might remember, over the holiday season we partnered with Splendid stores all across the nation and hosted the second annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting National Relief Charities. The local event here at Splendid’s Santa Monica boutique on December 4th was quite the turnout! At this event alone we raised over 200 books!

Lovely ladies Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tiffani Thiessen, Garcelle Beauvais, and Malin Akerman came out to support and donate. There was shopping, hot chocolate, and of course bedtime stories for the little ones. We were even mentioned in People Magazine!

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Everyone (even our tiniest philanthropists!) had an AMAZING time!

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The team here at Milk+Bookies want to give a HUGE thank you to Splendid and everyone who came out and donated! As a result, over 14,000 books were raised and are in the process of being sent to the Pine Ridge Reservation located in South Dakota in one of the country’s most impoverished counties. They will be used to stock the shelves of libraries in eight schools giving children of all ages access to reading materials.

We recently received word that boxes upon boxes have started to trickle in to National Relief Charities. The task now is to collect all of the remaining books from Splendid stores nationwide, sort them, count them, and then send them off to their final destinations! Clay Ramsey, NRC Program Manager, was kind enough to send us some photos of said boxes (we certainly don’t envy the people sorting through all of those!):

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‘Twas certainly a season of giving!

More updates are coming soon…


by Alesha Dailey