Sometimes people think that they don’t make a difference in society, that they are significant, and that they don’t have any influence whatsoever. But that’s not true. One person CAN make a difference in society. Take Kyra Citron for instance.
Kyra, who lives in New Jersey, loves to read. She wants to help children develop that love, too. She wanted to give the gift of literacy to those in need. So, during her summer vacation, she gave up her free time and didn’t do many of the fun things that teenagers generally do. Instead, she set out to see what she (as only one person) could do to help people who don’t have money to buy books.
It turns out that what she did was phenomenal.
She collected books. She sorted them. She organized them. She packed them. She put them in two storage units at Red Bank Self Storage. All told, she gathered 6,000 books.
Collecting and donating 6,000 books is a significant achievement for just one person to do. Oh. By the way, Kyra is only 15 years old. One person – one YOUNG person – has made a difference in the lives of many youngsters who received the books.
As if collecting and organizing the books weren’t enough to do, Kyra also raised money to pay for the rent of the storage units where the books were temporarily kept. All told, she raised $5,000. Again, that is a tremendous achievement for one person to do.
Kyra gave away the books to the Bridge of Books Foundation. The Foundation donates books to schools, Head Start centers, and several community organizations in the state of New Jersey. Since Hurricane Sandy, the foundation has temporarily changed their focus. They started giving out “comfort bags” that held three books. They gave the bags to children in emergency shelters for people displaced by the hurricane.
Red Bank Self Storage, where all of the collected books were stored, has two facilities in New Jersey. In 2001, they built their first one on a vacant lot in the heart of the town of Red Banks. In 2010, they opened a second facility in the nearby city of Atlantic Highlands. As a family-owned business, they are dedicated to customer satisfaction and providing self storage that has cutting-edge security to keep people’s belongings safe.
“Brielle teen collects and donates 6,000 Books to charity.” Asbury Park Press; 27 August 2013.
Kyra Citron of Brielle Honored by Bridge of Books Foundation.” Manasquan-Belmar Patch; 3 June 2013.