COVID-19 "Books with Breakfast"

“Books with Breakfast” is a COVID-19 crisis response program developed to provide books to Boston Public Schools students with the goal of keeping children engaged in reading and learning while aiding parents in the task of educating at home. This partnership with ReadBoston and Boston Public Schools is addressing the immediate needs of families and underserved children by supplying books to support continued at-home learning during school closings. 

ReadBoston/Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
1,100 books for underserved children - March 27, 2020

Storytime Crafts provided ReadBoston with 1,100 books for Boston Public Schools students on March 27 to supplement with food distributions to ensure children have access to reading while they are away from school. The Dimock Center in Dorchester also received books to support families in need. A special thank you to one of our incredible partners Hope & Comfort for providing Boston Public Schools students with essential hygiene products.

ReadBoston/Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
Meeting the needs of underserved children, 1,100 books - April 6, 2020

Storytime Crafts and ReadBoston partnering at a social distance to get 1,100 books into the hands of Boston Public Schools children in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Today started with packing 1,100 books for Storytime Crafts COVID-19 “Books with Breakfast” initiative to provide Boston Public Schools families reading support during school closings. A special thank you to Hope & Comfort for providing essential hygiene products and to ReadBoston for your continued dedication and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greater Ashmont Main Street, Dorchester, MA
Meeting the needs of underserved families, 550 books & hygiene products - April 15, 2020

Every Wednesday volunteers distribute bags of food at the greater Ashmont Main Street center from 4-6 to Boston Public Schools families in need. Storytime Crafts donated 550 books for the “Books with Breakfast” initiative to provide to families to give children reading support. A special thank you to Hope & Comfort for providing essential hygiene products for distribution at Greater Ashmont.

Friday Distribution
ReadBoston, Storytime Crafts, First Book - April 16, 2020

Every Friday, amazing volunteer drivers line up along the street at the Red Cross in Boston to safely pick up food, hygiene kits and books to deliver to families in need. Today, volunteers will drop off for 550 families from the King, Haynes, Trotter, Burke HS, Frederick, Dever, and McCormack.

With social distancing our tasks are harder, and require extra steps...our work is more independent, yet we are all dependent on each other. We all have the same goal...to reach families affected by the COVID crisis, give children access to reading, and show the BPS community we care, people care. Storytime Crafts amazing partners make this possible: ReadBoston, Martin Luther King K-8 School, Dorchester, Boston Public Schools, First Book and Hope & Comfort.

Books with Breakfast - Love & Kindness - April 23, 2020

A simple request for children’s books and my heart is filled with joy. Thanks to Boston Saves for connecting us via FB. Storytime Crafts COVID-19 initiative “Books with Breakfast” is about love and kindness. So thankful for great partnerships with Read Boston and Boston Public SchoolsSherrelle Boyce, I hope Daevin enjoys his special books with breakfast from Storytime Crafts and his signed copy of “Danny Dollar” by the fabulous Ty Allan Jackson.  

Meeting the Needs of Boston Public Schools Families - April 28, 2020
Storytime Crafts Responds to Request - April 28, 2020

Storytime Crafts received a request for books and resources during the school closing for a family with three boys who love to read and stay active. Every "Books with Breakfast" package comes with a signed copy of Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire by Ty Allan Jackson.

Resources for the Dorchester Community 
May 6, 2020

Storytime Crafts provided over 700 items this week to the Boston Community, including children's and adult books, dvds, toys, diapers, and children's clothes. We are thankful for amazing volunteers helping to distribute everything safely to families.

Wicked Flannel Donates 100 Masks for Boston Public Schools Families - May 12, 2020

Storytime Crafts is so grateful for the support from Wicked Flannel, and for generously donating 100 adult and youth masks for Boston Public Schools families in need. 

     Wicked Flannel is a small family owned business run by a husband and wife team, Molly and Ben St. Jeanne, in downtown Hampton, New Hampshire. They opened their doors on April 17th, 2019 with a mission to give back to the seacoast community and New England as a whole. They have transformed their flannel-themed clothing store into a mask-making production center and have donated 2,300 masks. To inquire about masks visit: https://www.wickedflannel.com/

Books, Baby Formula, Diapers and Masks for BPS families 
May 13, 2020

Packed over 600 books for Boston Public Schools families as well as toilet paper, diapers, and gift bags with baby formula, hearts from Catching Joy, Inc. and books from First Book. Masks were donated by Wicked Flannel

Rafi Nova Donates 150 Masks for Boston Public Schools families - May 15, 2020

Rafa Nova donated 150 masks to Storytime Crafts to provide to vulnerable adults and youth in the Boston Community. 

     Weeks after launching their fair-trade fashion start-up Rafi Nova, Co-founders Adam and Marissa Goldstein pivoted from making backpacks from vegan leather and vintage South East Asian textiles to manufacturing safety-compliant, washable masks for essential workers. 

     Giving back is a core Rafi Nova value. To date, they have given away more than 15,000 masks to those in vulnerable communities and to workers on the frontline including police departments, fire departments, hospitals, and homeless shelters. To inquire about masks visit: https://rafinova.com/pages/face-mask

Rafi Nova Masks for Navajo Nation, Arizona
May 19, 2020

So thankful for the donation of Rafi Nova face masks. Some immediately went to support our neighboring Boston communities. Others were sent to Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona. The Navajo Nation has surpassed New York and New Jersey for the highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate in the US -- another sign of Covid-19's disproportionate impact on minority communities.

Storytime Crafts Donates Books for Cultivator Bookmobile, Northeastern, North Carolina -  May 20, 2020
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