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Senator Singleton Collecting Children’s Books to Celebrate National Reading Month


Seeks Volunteers for Community Service Event with BookSmiles

(MOORESTOWN) – In an effort to promote a love of reading, New Jersey State Senator Troy Singleton has kicked off a children’s book drive in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and National Reading Month.


The Senator is collecting new and gently used children’s books throughout the month of March. Donations will be given to BookSmiles, a local organization that seeks to “irrigate book deserts” by building personal libraries for kids and classrooms in need throughout the South Jersey region.


“Growing up, my mother instilled a deeply ingrained joy of reading in me. She would tell me that by opening a book, you can go anywhere in the world,” said Singleton. “Reading not only gives us the ability to transport ourselves, but it allows us to expand our horizons. These are opportunities every child should have, regardless of their socioeconomic status.


“For these reasons, I am proud to partner with BookSmiles to collect books for kids who may not have a shelf of books to call their own,” continued Singleton.


Anyone interested in donating books can drop them off Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm at the Senator’s office located at 400 North Church Street, Suite 260 in Moorestown. A donation bin is located in the lobby of the building.


In addition, the Senator announced that his monthly “Serve with Senator Singleton” event will also be held in partnership with BookSmiles. This community service event will be held on Saturday, March 16th from 10am to 12pm at BookSmiles, 7300 North Crescent Blvd. Unit 10, Pennsauken, NJ, 08110. Volunteers will be asked to sort book donations and can sign up with the link below:

Each month, Senator Singleton crowd-sources a team of volunteers to help with a particular community service project. This event will be the Senator’s 60th “Serve with Senator Singleton” event since becoming a State Senator in 2018. Previous volunteer efforts include: indoor and outdoor clean-up days, animal welfare projects, clothing and supply drives, painting projects, gleaning efforts, and community event set-up and staffing. To date, more than 2,400 hours have been donated by volunteers to local community service projects.