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City-Wide Book Drive Collects 80,000 Books Success Will Benefit Children and Adults Across San Antonio

San Antonio, TX – October 23, 2012 –During the Summer,  SAReads and Firstmark Credit Union called on San Antonians to donate new and gently used books to the SAReads annual Book Drive, and the community response was overwhelming. The annual book drive was started by Texas State Representative Joaquin Castro and has expanded under the collaborative SAReads campaign.

This year, organizers estimate that more than 80,000 books were dropped off in collection bins at Firstmark Credit Union branches, H-E-B Stores, San Antonio Public Library branches and Barnes & Noble. Volunteers at the SAReads Book Bank are now sorting the books by reading level and preparing them for distribution to schools, early childhood and adult learning centers, as well as area non-profit organizations. 

“Once again we are inspired by the generosity of so many in our community  and their shared commitment to addressing literacy challenges in San Antonio,” said Pamela Toman, Executive Director of Literacy of San Antonio which oversees the SAReads campaign.  “One of our key initiatives is ensuring that children in Bexar County have access to books both at school and at home. The book drive provides books they can keep; books that will help them develop confidence and proficiency with reading.”

The SAReads Book Bank fills more than 2,000 square feet of donated space made available through the generosity of Firstmark Credit Union. Volunteers who man the bank include employees of the Credit Union, local members of Rotary International, and College of Education students from UTSA.

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Firstmark Credit Union provides financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Bexar County, as well as education-related employees in Bexar County and the 12 surrounding counties; and their relatives. Established in 1932, the Credit Union serves over 88,000 members and manages more than $750 million in assets. For more information, go to firstmarkcu.org.