WMC hosts ‘Y on the Fly’ book drive with YMCA

Y on the Fly book drive

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - In partnership with the YMCA, WMC Action News 5 hosted a book drive Saturday in the station parking lot.

With more than 6,000 books already donated, the YMCA is getting closer to a goal of 10,000 books.

However, they won't end the donating there.

"10,000 books, 100,000 books. All the books," said Briana Terry, Y on the Fly coordinator.

Variety is especially good because this book drive is hoping to get a type of book every child likes to read.

Organizers with the YMCA of Memphis say it's important that a child isn't just handed a book, but is able to pick one out they love.

"When a kid comes up we try to gauge what kind of books they like, and we have conversations about it," said Terry.

This book drive is part of the YMCA's "Y on the Fly" program.

"With Y on the Fly we're taking the Y out of the building and into the community where our services aren't present, and people can't get to us. And with that programming, we are bringing fun activities. And most importantly, our mobile library," said Terry.

The 10,000-book goal is to make sure children across the Mid-South have books to read when school is out for the summer.

WMC Action News 5 was happy to help move toward that goal with a Saturday book drive in the station's parking lot

Pamela Milan's son loves to read. When she saw the book drive on the news, she had him donate one of his books.

"I wanted to see him give back because I know a lot of kids out there don't have access to books," said Milan.

It’s a love of reading that the YMCA staff hopes will keep the books coming, so that passion can be passed down to the next child.

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