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Remington Youngblood and Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal at the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta on June 11. Aldo Nahed. (click for larger version)
July 08, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — Remington Youngblood is taking his book drive statewide.

On June 11, Remington Youngblood met at the Governor's Mansion with First Lady Sandra Deal.

Youngblood, 11, was led into the immaculate library, where he, Ember Bishop, first lady's assistant, and Sandra Deal sat and talked for almost two hours discussing all the different places and organizations around Georgia that need books.

Remington's nonprofit, Change 4 Georgia is holding large book drives, collecting new and used books that will be donated to libraries, Title I-funded schools and military veterans and their families.

Other organizations where the books will be donated include Heartbound Ministries, Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy, Books for Keeps and Literacy Action.

Georgia4Change and Deal will partner with the organizations that need books.

There's a $2,000 donation by Carl Black in Roswell to cover freight costs and the nonprofit is currently looking for a warehouse with a loading dock that can be used for two-to-three months while the books are distributed.

"We have had 100,000 books donated to C4G from Better World Books and are figuring out the logistics and location," Youngblood said. "The plan is to flood Georgia with books."

Another book-related program C4G is working on is the "Building by Books" initiative, which sets up "Giving Libraries."

These are shelving units that are filled with books that children and adults can borrow and return; or keep.

A Giving Library was recently placed at the Georgia Army National Guard in Cumming.

"We have another one to go in the Military Outreach Center at Georgia Perimeter College," Youngblood said. "Building by Books is a great program and we are very excited about the difference it can make in a person's life."

If readers have new or gently used books, warehouse space or monetary donations to C4G, email Change4Georgia@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.change4georgia.org.

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