Atlanta Book Drive- and why it’s important that YOU donate!

Did you know Atlanta is currently in a contest?  The “Eyecare About Reading” Book Drive Competition Provides Free Books and Eye Exams to Children Across the U.S.  This is a contest to donate the most books! Our opponents, Oklahoma City and Houston, Texas are also in the running to donate books benefiting their local children’s hospital.

Here’s the lowdown:  Every 3 books received (donated) = 1 eye exam for Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. (and, if needed, glasses fitted with Transitions lenses)   VSP will provide up to 5,500 free eye exams in total for the campaign, a value of more than $2,000,000.

The total books donated will be spilt between CHOA and Bess the book bus. If ATL wins then CHOA gets an extra 100 eye exams AND Bess the Book Buss will come to visit!

How to participate:  Donate a few (or a lot!)  used books towards Bess the Book Bus, AND a few (or a lot!) NEW books to Childrens. (All books that get donated to CHOA must be in new condition due to patient risks)  We have until August 22nd to stack the shelves and win for our city!

Why it’s important that YOU donate:  In order for children to read well, and essentially learn, they must first be able to see well.  In fact 80% of what we learn is through our eyes, and an astonishing 1 in 4 children have an undetected vision problem, most are due to lack of vision care! 

Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach program that travels across the country providing free books for underprivileged children, in schools, shelters, and community’s.

For me personally reading books was a huge part of my childhood.  So I knew I wanted my daughter to gain interest in reading at an early age.  She loves books now and can enjoy sitting down and flipping through pages.  I cannot stress enough how important reading and books are.
I want to donate.  Where do I take my books to?
Metro Atlanta residents  will be able to donate their new (for the safety of patients) books at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Centers listed below. Hours of operation for the centers is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9a.m. to 9p.m. on weekends.
Children’s at Mount Zion (through Friday 27th and Hudson Bridge location opens August 1)
Attn: Lisa Gaither
2201 Mount Zion Pkwy
Morrow, GA 30260-3312


Children’s at North Point
Attn: Rose Weber
3795 Mansell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30022-8247


Children’s at Satellite Boulevard
Attn: Katina Artis
2660 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30096-5803


Children’s at Town Center
Attn: Dana Hunter Tatum
2985 George Busbee Parkway
Kennesaw, GA 30144-6812
Children’s at Forsyth
Attn: Roshonda Gideon
410 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041-7407
If you live outside of these areas, PLEASE visit  VSP Facebook page Here, select the Book Drive Tab and make a “promise” to protect your eyes. For every promise received, Transitions Optical will donate one free book to Bess the Book Bus!!

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