First Book and AFT Bring a Truckload of Books to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Last night, four First Book employees, with help from American Federation of Teachers’ volunteers, ventured to a small alley in the financial district of New York City to unload, label and sort 30,000 children’s books for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The American Federation of Teachers and their local New York affiliate, the United Federation of Teachers, requested 30,000 new books from First Book to go to kids in the affected areas. To get the books there on time, First Book staffers loaded a 26-foot truck with the 30,000 books yesterday afternoon and drove them to a warehouse in lower Manhattan.

Anna Taleysnik-Mehta, who headed up First Book’s efforts, stated:

“Books for tomorrow ready to go, almost all the rest are up in storage and being sorted; we just did a day of work in an hour and change thanks to the amazing building crew and AFT and First Book staff”

We couldn’t be more grateful for the volunteers who lent their support to this effort. Our thoughts continue to be with the millions of Americans who are still impacted by this storm.

If you are interested in providing books to children in need who are affected by Hurricane Sandy to help them get through this challenging time, please donate.

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2 comments on “First Book and AFT Bring a Truckload of Books to Hurricane Sandy Victims
  1. Erica says:

    First thank you for your effort! My daughter loves her books and lost most of them in Hurricane Sandy. How do we sign up for books?

  2. Brian Minter Brian Minter says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that!

    First Book works solely through schools and programs that serve kids in need. So if your daughter’s school, or any other program she’s involved with, fits the bill, they can sign up – for free – at

    Good luck!