The Houston Bar Association Lawyers for Literacy Committee brought in 27,480 books during its annual fall book drive in September and October.
Over 50 volunteers sorted and boxed the donated books, which were distributed to 34 community shelters, hospitals, missions, veterans’ residential facilities, agencies, and literacy programs throughout the Houston area, the bar association said in a press release.
Some of the donors included: 72 law firms, 15 businesses, 43 individuals, four professional groups and libraries, the city of Houston, the U.S. Trustee’s Office, the 1st Court of Appeals, and the judges and staff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
In the more than two decades since the drive started back in 1994, when the bar association started the initiative along with Literacy Advance of Houston (then the Houston READ Commission), 368,240 books have been donated and given out.
Learn more about the book drive and the Lawyers for Literacy Committee on the Houston Bar Association’s website.
Photograph courtesy of Houston Bar Association. From left: Daniel Caldwell, law student at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and Lawyers for Literacy Committee members Sarah Cabello and Maria Lowry.