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New Books for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Nonprofit First Book to Provide New Books to Schools and Programs Devastated by the Storm

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 - In the aftermath of last week's storms, First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need, is raising funds to restock schools and home libraries throughout the affected communities.

"Even as first responders are working to provide these families with electricity, water, and other critical resources, First Book is joining forces with our local volunteers and partners to replace hundreds of thousands of lost and destroyed books in schools and libraries in low-income communities," said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.

"After distributing more than five million books in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we know new books can be valuable lifelines for those whose worlds have been turned upside down," Zimmer said.

Every $2.50 contributed to First Book’s relief fund will provide a new book to a child affected by the storm. Click here to donate, or visit

Thanks to the generosity of First Book’s partners in the publishing industry, every $2.50 donation will be matched with an additional new book.

"In the months to come, as infrastructure is repaired and replaced and families are able to return home, we’ll be there to ensure that kids who lost so much will have the books they need,” said Zimmer.