Co-Executive Director, Caroline Chance, will attend Pepperdine University located in Malibu, California, beginning in the fall of 2017.
In June 2017 Books That Benefit received its second $4,500 grant from The Pineywoods Foundation. With this grants Books That Benefit added $1,000 (from gifts provided by contributors) and in so doing purchased 1,200 new children's books from Scholastic Books. The books were purchased through the Brandon Elementary School Library with assistance from Kim England, its librarian, and from the Dunbar Primary School Library with assistance from Sandra Choate, its librarian. The new books were hand delivered to seven worthy organizations in Angelina County, Texas and Nacogdoches County, Texas that provide services to children. Thanks again, to The Pineywoods Foundation for its generosity in making these donations possible.
A special thank you to Mr. Joe Murray for his continued generous support of Books That Benefit and its mission!
Annette, a volunteer and contributor, creates handmade fabric books for young readers.
The following is a thank you note received from First Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas in March, 2015:
Dear Caroline and Books that Benefit,
Thank you so much for the books you recently donated to First Baptist’s mission project in the Texas valley. Along with other projects, the mission group hosted a book fair for the children of the area. The group built bookshelves for the children, and each child was allowed to pick books to stock his or her new shelf. Your generous donation of over 500 books gave the children a great start on filling their shelves! Also, thank you for the funds you donated to purchase children’s Bibles. We were able to purchase and hand out 50 beautiful Bibles to the children of this region. Your generosity made this project possible, and we are deeply appreciative. I've attached photos of some happy children with their new books!
In May 2013 Books That Benefit received a $4,500 grant from The Pineywoods Foundation. Books That Benefit added $500 (from monetary gifts provided by contributors) and in so doing was able to purchase 1,385 new children's books from Scholastic Books. The books were purchased through the Lufkin Middle School Library with assistance from Diana Hineman, its librarian and a member of the board of directors of Books That Benefit. The new books (ranging in price from $5 to $15) were purchased for children between the ages of three and ten and they included everything from classics to recently released books. The books were selected so that children of all reading levels would have choices available to them. The new books were hand delivered to seven organizations in Angelina County, Texas, two in Nacogdoches County, Texas, and two in Polk County, Texas, each of which provide services and assistance to children in need. Many thanks to The Pineywoods Foundation for its generous gift!
In February 2013 the founder of Books That Benefit, William Chance, received the Golden Anvil Award presented by the Pineywoods Foundation annually to an individual or organization who has displayed particular community service during the past year. Chance was the youngest recipient in the 27-year history of the award. A newspaper article and related picture can be downloaded below.
In December 2012 Books That Benefit's contributions to children in need through the gift of reading was featured in The Lufkin Daily News. The article and a related picture can be downloaded below.
In November 2012, at the Texas Association of Student Councils Statewide Middle School Conference in San Marcos, Texas, former Executive Director of Books That Benefit, William Chance, lead workshop sessions informing middle school student council representatives on how to conduct successful book drives for children in need in their communities. The workshop sessions conducted at this conference of approximately 1,100 students and teachers encouraged middle schools statewide to join the cause of Books That Benefit in collecting and distributing books to children
In September 2012 Patricia White, Director of Student Council at Lufkin High School, following meetings with William Chance, the former Executive Director of Books That Benefit, presented Books That Benefit to District 4 of the Texas Association of Student Councils, suggesting that it be adopted as a district wide project for student councils. The recommendation was unanimously approved. The 58 schools represented in District 4 agreed to compete to see which high school could collect the most books. Thousands of books were collected for kids in need through the competition. The books collected through the event were distributed to daycare centers, churches and school libraries throughout the state of Texas.
Many thanks to the students of Brownsboro High School for their successful book drive which benefited hundreds of children in their community. Brownsboro High School won the competition by collecting 3,310 books.