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.

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 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 supports the Boston Community - 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.

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

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.

Storytime Crafts donates books for Cultivator Bookmobile, Northeastern, North Carolina -  May 22, 2020
Preparing hygiene kits for BPS families - May 26, 2020

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


Storytime Crafts prepared over 50 hygiene kits this week for BPS families with the help of Needham High School student Patrick Tsung, '21.

SJP2CA Lower Campus receives donations
May 26, 2020

Storytime Crafts safely delivering books, games, hygiene kits and masks to Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Lower Mills Campus.

Books for the Richard Murphy School in Dorchester 
June 3 2020
Storytime Crafts receives book donations from local community - June 6, 2020
Breakfast kits for BPS families - June 9, 2020

Packing over 500 books for students at the Richard Murphy School in Dorchester. They have converted a loading dock and parking lot to a socially-distanced free grocery pick up location.

Along with groceries, volunteers give out hygiene kits, cloth masks, games and hundreds of books to help keep kids entertained and to promote literacy during this distance-learning period.

Volunteer Ambassador, Evan Raskin, helps assemble kits for Boston Public Schools' Families - June 6, 2020
ReadBoston and Storytime Crafts partner for Red Cross distribution - June 12, 2020
Broadmeadow School PTC donates books - June 11, 2020
Volunteer Ambassador, Rory Paterniti (right) assembles hygiene kits for Boston families - June 6, 2020
Donations for Dorchester and Brockton communities - June 20, 2020

This photo only begins to tell a story of spreading love and kindness. From our amazing partners at Hope & ComfortRafi Nova and First Book for donating hygiene products, masks, and our amazing Volunteer Ambassadors Patrick TsungEvan Raskin and Rory Paterniti for assembling hygiene, baby formula, and breakfast kits for families most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you Donna Woodson at Bird Street Community Center for partnering to support families in both the Dorchester and Brockton Communities. We will continue to work hard to reach underserved and diverse communities.

Hygiene kits and Books with Breakfast kits for Greater Ashmont distribution - June 22, 2020
Books and games for the Murphy School - June 24 & July 2, 2020
Bird Street donations - July 2, 2020
Hope & Comfort hygiene products for BPS - July 7, 2020

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