Palm Beach Atlantic University students and faculty recently donated about 1,740 used textbooks during a book drive to support CARE for AIDS, an organization that serves people in Kenya with HIV/AIDS.
The book drive, a first for PBA, was held during finals week May 2-5. Volunteers set up a tent on the Rinker Green where used textbooks could be donated, and a drop box was set up in the campus bookstore.
The books eventually will be resold, with the proceeds going to support CARE for AIDS.
The original goal for the drive was 1,000 books, said Tay Mazzola, who recently completed her junior year at PBA and who serves as an intern with CARE for AIDS. "The students and faculty were so supportive, and we had so much fun out under the tent during the drive," Mazzola said.
The monetary value of the books will be determined later, she said.
The total number of donated books likely will increase in the coming weeks. PBA’s Campus Store is donating a number of books that it is unable to sell, but the quantity has not been determined yet, said Abbie Rosemeyer, the store’s director.
CARE for AIDS was founded in 2007 by a group of college students. The organization is modeled after the holistic ministry of Jesus in order to transform the community and empower the local churches to offer help and support to people who have HIV/AIDS.