Making A Difference: Two Acton Children Organize Book Drive for Children in South Africa

 Henry with his Mom and Chief Gross, who accepted the books on behalf of the BPD

Henry with his Mom and Chief Gross, who accepted the books on behalf of the BPD

Today, Friday, April 20, two Gates Elementary School (Acton, MA) students, Henry, 12, and Faith, 9, donated over 300 books to the Boston Police Department to distribute to children in need.

Last summer, Henry and Faith became inspired by the book "I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" (by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda) about a girl from America and a boy from Zimbabwe who become pen pals and learned from each other's vastly different cultures. One of the story’s most important messages that resonated so strongly with Henry and Faith is how small contributions can have a huge impact. It was with that message in mind that the two Gates students organized a book drive and collected over one thousand children's books. With the help of Delta Airlines CEO, Mr. Ed Bastian, they were able to transport the books to children in need in South Africa. Their drive was so successful, over three hundred books flowed in even after they had finished their book drive, which they generously donated to the Boston Police Department. From here, BPD officers will distribute the books to children and grade schools across the city.

To Henry and Faith, we say thank you for your generosity, and your deed will surely have a tremendous impact.