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Don't think twice, just do it

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Mira Wadehra1That is one piece of advice that Mira Wadehra has for anyone thinking about doing a book drive. The 16-year-old living in Cupertino, CA, has walked her talk. She organized her first book drive the summer of 2014 when she was an incoming high school freshman.  Three years later, she has started collecting books for her third book drive.

Mira believes, “You will feel very accomplished.  Knowing that you are helping feels really good.”

A fan of Magic Tree House and Geronimo Stilton books, Mira wanted children in Africa to have access to books they would enjoy.  She collected books by going to library sales, where she could buy a bag of books for $5.  She told friends and posted on NextDoor. Her parents helped promote the book drive.

To raise money, she used GoFundMe and posted on Facebook. Her parents posted, too.

Mira has some suggestions for book drive organizers:

  • NextDoor really helps.  It lets friends and neighbors know about the book drive.
  • Use GoFundMe.  It’s an easy way to raise money.
  • When you use GoFundMe, be sure to raise your goal because GoFundMe takes 10% of what you raise.

And she advises, “The first book drive may seem hard, but once you have finished, you will feel very accomplished.”

Mira continues to organize book drives because, “We take books for granted.  Africans are much poorer than we are.  I like doing something about it.”