The family plans to continue the drive for a few more weeks, and if the books keep coming, they will donate to Florida schools affected by Irma as well.

Meghan Overdeep
September 20, 2017
Kate DiNuovo Murray

More than 1,800 miles away in Salem, New Hampshire, six-year-old Brooklyn Murray was horrified by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and she wanted to help.

“It was so bad and people lost a lot of stuff,” the first grader told WBZ-TV in Boston. “We thought that it would be a good idea to collect books because they lost, like, their houses, their money, their wallets and everything,” she says.

Brooklyn began by collecting her own books, and then word got out at her elementary school. In no time, she had more than 1,000 books to donate to Houston students whose libraries had been damaged by Harvey.

Brooke's Books is taking off & she is super excited about the collection she has so far. She has collected approximately...

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“I think because she’s 6 and in the first grade where she’s learning to read, books are important to her. I think that was a way for her to relate, and be able to do something at her level,” her mom, Kate Murray, explained to WBZ-TV.

Kate tells SouthernLiving.com that she’s now collected more than 2,000 books, and is working on getting donations from all 50 states. The family plans to continue the drive for a few more weeks, and if the books keep coming, will donate to Florida schools affected by Irma as well.

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“Kids need books. Books are a way to bring back a little normalcy to their lives,” Kate told WBZ-TV.

If you would like to donate a book to Brooklyn’s effort, you can send it to:
Brooke’s Books
P.O. Box 2130
Salem, NH 03079