TUW African American Leadership Council donates books to Ravenel school

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Trident United Way’s African American Leadership Council’s (AALC) fifth-annual book drive and giveaway went straight to the public today with successful events in Hollywood and Ravenel. A school bus full of books was a welcome sight for kids and parents.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest across the country, the Trident United Way AALC felt this event was even more meaningful to serve as a positive way for young people to know there are community members who care about their futures.

AALC members donated 650 books for kindergarten to third graders at E.B. Ellington Elementary School in Ravenel.

Parents and kids picked up the books today during two sessions in Hollywood and Ravenel.

AALC members and parents say with all the hurt that is happening our world these days, a book is a great way for a child to focus on learning and expanding their horizons.

E.B. Ellington Principal James Dallas is in the middle of passing out books to kids in Hollywood.

AALC members along with the Hollywood Piggly Wiggly manager (center, grey shirt) celebrate a sucessful event outside the store.

Trident United Way AALC Chairperson Sonia Hanson says the event is heartwarming for the kid and volunteers. "Free books that we’ve collected from different businesses and organizations and to see the smiles on their faces, it makes the difference. A lot of people are hurting right now with so much on their heart right now, so it’s exciting.”

James Dallas, E.B. Ellington Elementary Principal was onsite to help give books to kids and families. He says this event is a big positive for the community. “Something as simple as handing out free books, I think that’s going to bring this warm feeling to our community. It’s going to bring a sense of satisfaction, appreciation and value to the kids who attend our school. So this is something that’s really positive.” 

Books were donated by volunteers, South State Bank, The Charleston SC Chapter of the Links, and Georgia Mims.

Trident United Way has several opportunities for community members to give back, including the AALC, Young Philanthropists Society and Women United. Now is the time the community needs your help. Click here to learn about all of the ways you can serve through Trident United Way.


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