Victoria Isernia, sophomore at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, helped Hindi's Libraries collect a few thousand books. (Courtesy: Hindi's Libraries)

Hindi’s Libraries, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization that donates new and gently used children’s books to organizations throughout the world, recently partnered with Victoria Isernia, a high-school sophomore at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station. Isernia learned about the organization through her aunt, Alissa Repetti, early childhood senior specialist at the Child Care Council of Nassau — one of Hindi’s Libraries’ book donation recipients. Repetti’s organization received more than 1,000 books from Hindi’s Libraries to share with its constituents.

Isernia chose to run a community book drive after spending a week at a leadership camp of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). “The leader of the camp, Thud Hill, stressed the importance of giving back to our communities and encouraged us to start our own service projects,” Isernia explains. She continues, “I decided to pursue a book drive because I wanted children to have access to the life lessons and joy that I received when I read as a child.”

Isernia immediately received support from her community. “Once school started, I had collected about 500 books and met with my principal. He loved my idea and helped me spread awareness for my drive.”

Isernia recalls an exciting moment from her project, “One of my favorite memories was when (my) mom got a call from the school telling us to come pick up books because the main office was full of books! When I got to the main office I stood in shock at the amount of boxes in front of me! I felt so grateful and supported by the community, and I truly believe that in that moment, I knew this drive would be more successful than I had ever imagined.”

Isernia’s community book drive has proven to be a tremendous success as her initiative collected more than 3,000 books towards Hindi’s Libraries from the South Huntington community.

Dovid Kanarfogel and Leslie Gang, co-founders of Hindi’s Libraries, are incredibly grateful and are eager to share these books with children throughout the world. “It’s always so inspiring to see teenagers looking to make a difference, and when they choose to join forces with us, it’s truly humbling.”

For more information about Hindi’s Libraries or to learn how you can get involved, visit HindisLibraries.com or email info@hindislibraries.com.

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