HAMMOND | Books, Brushes & Bands for Education and First Midwest Bank have partnered to bring Book Brigade: A call to Action book drive to all Northwest Indiana First Midwest Bank locations.
The drive is designed to foster collaboration across Northwest Indiana communities and bring focus to children's literacy in economically disadvantaged areas.
"Reading is essential and it's time to add it to the list of basic human necessities like food, warmth and shelter," said Michelle Golden, president of Books, Brushes & Bands for Education.
Each branch will be host to a Radio Flyer Wagon, where residents can place new children's and young adult books from Monday through Aug. 23.
The goal is to collect 25 books in each of the 17 locations.
In September, collections will be distributed door to door by Books, Brushes & Bands for Education students and volunteers through a Red Wagon Brigade parade of wagons in three Hammond neighborhoods.
Founded in 2000, Books, Brushes & Bands for Education is a nonprofit organization devoted to children's literacy, arts and music education, without residency restriction. The organization promotes its vision through events held throughout the year and its mainstay vocal and instrumental music ensembles.
Book Brigade: A Call to Action was conceived after long association between Books, Brushes & Bands for Education and First Midwest Bank.
Brochures detailing the campaign will be available at each donating site and donations are also accepted at the organization's Hammond office, 5920 Hohman Ave. For more information and to volunteer call (219) 932-3232.