When our flight touched down in Appleton, Wisconsin, Kevin, Cris, Emily and I knew we had our work cut out for us. Over the next 48 hours, we had 480,000 books to label, sort and distribute to over 300 Recipient Groups. But on Wednesday morning, we woke up ready to hit the books. Literally.
The books were donated by Townsend Press, and were stored at RR Donnelley’s Book Fulfillment Services warehouse. The warehouse set us up with everything we needed, and we were off to the races. With the help of Advisory Board members from the nearby Green Bay chapter, as well as other volunteers, we successfully organized all of the orders to be shipped to and picked up by our Recipient Groups. That night we met with local community members to talk about the different ways to tap into First Book resources, at event made possible by the Fox Valley Advisory Board. Karen, the food was incredible!
On Thursday, all that was left to do was load up the vehicles for groups picking up books, and hope for a Brett Favre sighting (to no avail). Without a doubt, I’ll remember the warm hospitality of Appleton. A fantastic distribution all around!