Loads of kids’ books for needy families

HUGE HAUL—Staff members from the Westlake Village-based My Stuff Bags Foundation pick up a load of books that they will pass on to local families in need. The books were donated by the Molina Foundation’s Book Buddies program at a giveaway event April 12 in Long Beach. Courtesy photo

HUGE HAUL—Staff members from the Westlake Village-based My Stuff Bags Foundation pick up a load of books that they will pass on to local families in need. The books were donated by the Molina Foundation’s Book Buddies program at a giveaway event April 12 in Long Beach. Courtesy photo

Four area nonprofit agencies that serve low-income communities are making plans for the next weeks to pass out 10,000 new children’s books—enough to fill a library bookshelf more than a football field long—to families in need across the Southland.

The books, which were donated by The Molina Foundation, are storybooks, activity books and work/study books from a variety of publishers and authors for age levels from infants to teens.

The giveaway took place at a Long Beach storage facility earlier this month.

The local agencies receiving books are My Stuff Bags Foundation in Westlake Village (3,500 books) and the Assistance League of Conejo Valley (1,500 books), which is based in Agoura Hills.

Each agency provides programs and services for disadvantaged children and families.

Altogether, the books have an estimated value of $94,000.

The distribution was part of The Molina Foundation’s 2018 Book Buddies program, a literacy campaign taking place during the year across the country.

Book Buddies helps to give disadvantaged children and families opportunities to engage in reading and learning.

Last year, the Book Buddies program saw distributions to more than 200 groups around California and in 21 other states.