Hicksville – Jericho Rotary Club part of record-breaking Day of Service

On Saturday, May 20th the Hicksville – Jericho Rotary Club joined more than 50 Rotary Clubs, and over 500 Rotarians and community volunteers from Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk County on Saturday, May 20 in a new record-breaking “Rotary Day of Service.”

The Hicksville – Jericho Rotary Club joined forces with the Floral Park – Bellerose Rotary Club to hold a Book Drive which collected new and gently used books for distribution by The Book Fairies, a not-for profit that sources and redistributes books to under-resourced communities on Long Island and in New York City.

“We were very excited to participate in the ‘Rotary Day of Service'” said Donna Rivera-Downey, president of the Hicksville -Jericho Rotary Club. “It was our goal to collect 1000 books and we exceed that number by more than 500 books. This was only possible because of the generosity of our friends and neighbors who brought their books to us.”

The two Rotary Clubs joined together to make the event a true success. Throughout the day, community members brought their books to the Hicksville Fire Station #3 where, Rotarians and volunteers sorted the books into five categories: Baby Board Boards, Picture Books, Elementary Chapter Books, Young Adult and Adult Books. Once sorted, the books were boxed up and delivered to The Book Fairies Warehouse for further distribution.

“We want to thank all those who brought us books, the Hicksville Fire District for the use of the Fire Station #3 Pavilion, Staples in Hicksville and Levittown for the donations of packing boxes, the Hicksville Boys & Girls Club for their book donation and all the volunteers who came out to help us sort and pack.” said Donna Rivera-Downey.

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club is the first Rotary Club of Hicksville and was founded in 1951. Rotary brings together a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. It connects 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Its services improve lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club meets on Thursdays at Frank’s Steak in Jericho. Visit Rotary.org for more information on how to join Rotary or contact Donna Rivera-Downey at 516-532-4566.

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