We donated over 1000 books to refugee children this Christmas
We are pleased to announce that Books2Door has donated over 1000 books to child refugees from Afghanistan, recently welcomed into the city.
Using books as a key resource to support the learning of toddlers and primary school-aged children, the bookseller reached out to Leicester City Council directly with an offer to donate a selection of book sets with some including up to 10 books in a pack.
Understanding the importance of reading and the symbol of books for imaginative young minds, Books2Door, which has been established for 18 years, were keen to donate books that could help children settle into the country. Hand-picking a selection of books appropriate for different ages, totalling over 1000 books. The donation included a broad range from sensory or ‘touchy-feely’ books for newborns and toddlers to activity-based non-fiction books for those aged between 5-9 years old.
To complete the book donation, each child also received a special 10-book Christmas collection which has been festively wrapped by the book company, for each child to open on the big day.
Abdul Thadha, founder of Books2Door explains, “Our ethos is to support children by making books accessible and we want every child to have something to open on Christmas Day.
It has been our honour to donate these books to children from Afghanistan as a token to help them settle into the county and of course, the city of Leicester. As a bookseller, we are opening our hearts and giving children the gift of reading.”
Abdul himself was born and brought up in one of the most economically deprived areas of Leicester. His 18-year-strong book business aims to introduce children from all backgrounds to the love of reading by making books accessible to every household.
Jackie Lewis, who manages the team which supports the newly Afghan arrived families, thanked Books2Door for this very generous offer. It is one amongst the many offers of support and assistance provided in the city, and will bring a little hope to the families who have been through so much. Jackie Lewis is part of the Leicester City Council Supporting Tenants and Residents service (STAR) who work with vulnerable tenants and residents in the city, including refugees.