Black Rose Foundation for Children and Cascade United Methodist Church Homeless Ministry have partnered with the Assistance League of Atlanta to collect by October 24, 2015 at least 7500 books for children in Atlanta needing a hand up. This is an initiative of the foundation’s “Justice Reads Literacy Program” to help get books in the hands of children. Since 2012 Assistance League of Atlanta has collected thousands of books during the national celebration of “Make a Difference Day”. Over the past three years Cascade United Methodist Church has collected and distributed hundreds of books to the children who receive Smart Lunch Smart Kid meals in the summer and during the week of Thanksgiving, and for children in the Angel Tree program during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. The Founder and President of the foundation, Dr. Sheila Flemming-Hunter, said that “this is a win-win partnership among three entities who all want to help children get books and learn the joy of reading.”

There will be three events to celebrate this partnership to help children with literacy. On October 10th and 17th local Chick-fil-a restaurants will offer incentives for people to bring books and make donations. In addition, October 24th will be celebrated throughout the country as "Make A Difference Day" and we will use this time to make a difference in hundreds of children's lives by giving them an opportunity to improve their literacy. The church and foundation will be joining the Assistance League of Atlanta's 4th “Make A Difference Day” event on Saturday, Oct. 24th from 10am to 2pm. At that time businesses, churches, community leaders, and the media will join together to distribute books to schools, children and other organizations that help children in need.

Flemming-Hunter hopes that people in the Atlanta area community participate in the October 10th event at Chick-fil-a@ Jett Ferry (2480 Jett Ferry Road, Dunwoody 30338) and the October 17th Greenbriar Mall Chick-fil-A (2841 Greenbriar Parkway, Atlanta 30331) book collection event by either bringing new or gently used books or making contributions to buy books. If you cannot participate in the events, books may be brought to the Assistance League (3534 Broad Street, Chamblee 30341) and Cascade United Methodist Church (3144 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311) between October 1, 2015 and October 23, 2015. If you live outside the Atlanta area and want to support the book drive, contributions may be mailed to the foundation designating “JR” book drive on your check or you may click here to donate at

For more information, please call Sheila Flemming-Hunter at (888) 530-9401

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