Denver7 Books for Kids drive helps Colorado kids in need get books to read this summer

Drop off books at select ARC Thrift Stores

DENVER - Denver7 is teaming up with ARC Thrift Stores to help kids in need get books to read this summer.

Last year, the Denver7 Books for Kids book drive, with your help, collected more than 40,000 books. We're hoping for even more this year!

The Denver7 Books for Kids book drive was created after teacher Kyle Schwartz of Doull Elementary asked students to finish the sentence "I Wish My Teacher Knew."

"Some notes are heartbreaking like 'I wish my teacher knew I don't have pencils at home to do my homework.' I care deeply about each and every one of my students and I don't want any of them to have to suffer the consequences of living in poverty, which is my main motivation for teaching," said Schwartz.

"I Wish My Teacher Knew" inspired Schwartz to ask for support in creating a book drive for kids in need.  Denver7 and ARC Thrift Stores are answering that call.

You can help by donating gently-used, kids books from April 18 to May 8 at nearly two dozen Colorado ARC Thrift Store locations (see below).

You can also donate at Denver7, located at 123 East Speer Blvd. in Denver.  The Denver7 Books for Kids bin is located outside of the front door of the building.

Any books the schools cannot use will be donated back to ARC. 

ARC donation locations:

  • Arvada: 9661 West 58th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004, 303-420-0358
  • Aurora: 1070 South Sable, Aurora, CO 80012, 303-369-5858
  • Aurora: 3106 South Parker Road, C-1, Aurora, CO. 80014, 303-283-0337
  • Aurora: 10000 East Colfax, Aurora, CO 80010, 303-343-9843
  • Broomfield: 6500 West 120th Avenue, Broomfield, CO 80020, 303-439-7255
  • Centennial: 8100 S. Quebec St., Centennial, CO 80112, 720-440-6340
  • Colorado Springs: 2780 South Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916, 719-391-7717
  • Colorado Springs: 1830 West Uintah, Unit A, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, 719-473-0502
  • Colorado Springs: 4402 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, 719-522-1203
  • Colorado Springs: 7207 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, 719-528-5263
  • Colorado Springs: 2780 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916, 719-391-7717
  • Denver: 255 South Hooker, Denver, CO 80219, 303-936-4371
  • Denver: 1515 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80210, 303-777-3703
  • Denver: 1405 Cortez St., Denver, CO 80221, 303-427-0934
  • Denver: 7485 East Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80231, 303-752-2731
  • Fort Collins: 2701 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525, 970-267-8870
  • Greeley: Unit A-C, 2401 27th Street, Greeley, CO 80634, 970-330-7082
  • Lakewood: 6791 West Colfax Ave., Lakewood, CO 80214, 303-232-6066
  • Lakewood: 12039 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80228, 303-984-0851
  • Littleton: 8996 W. Bowles, Littleton, CO 80123, 303-933-2967
  • Louisville: 1349 E. South Boulder Rd., Louisville, CO 80027, 303-666-8060
  • Thornton: 9131 North Washington St., Thornton, CO 80229, 303-450-4220
  • Westminster: 8657 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO 80003
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