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Millburn Junior Runs Non-Profit to Help Provide Access to Books; Millburn Library Lends Support

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Krupa Sourirajan at the Millburn Street Fair Credits: Courtesy of Krupa Sourirajan
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Krupa Sourirajan and friends running a bake sale to support the Help A Kid Foundation. Credits: Courtesy of Krupa Sourirajan
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Molly Neider, Madison Wu, Mallika Chatterjee, Blair and Sloane Schlosser of Deerfield Brownie troop 20408 helping at the Millburn Free Public Library Book Sale that supported the Help A Kid Foundation Credits: Courtesy of the Millburn Free Public Library
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Eliza Tagle picking out books to send to the Philippines as part of her project: Bookmarked for Success Credits: Courtesy of the Millburn Free Public Library
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MILLBURN, NJ - Krupa Sourirajan, a junior at Millburn High School, started the non-profit Help A Kid Foundation four years ago and is still going strong advocating for the enhancement of the quality of kids' life in the low-income families through access to books. 

Inspired by her father's childhood experiences of struggling to afford new or used books where he lived due to limitations of accessibility and funds. Sourirajan realized this problem still existed here and abroad and Help a Kid Foundation was born. The primary mission of Help-A-Kid is to provide a platform where an individual organization, like an orphanage, can receive used or new textbooks or reading books from a donor or organization for free. 

In most of the bookstores, most hardcover children’s books sell for $10 to $25, with paperbacks typically running from $5 to $15. This price point puts the buying experience out of reach for 
low-income families

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Help A Kid Foundation collects donations and distributes them to targeted organizations to buy books and school supplies for those most in need. Through their online marketplace, donors and recipients can also exchange books for free. Through their efforts, Help A Kid has donated to children's hospitals, orphanages and uses monetary donations to purchase school supplies. 

The Millburn Free Public Library donated books to be distributed on the Help A Kid Foundation digital platform and through their annual book sale have more books to donate in the coming months. The library looks forward to supporting Help A Kid Foundation as part of their charitable endeavors. 

For additional information and opportunities to donate, check out www.kidsbooksforfree.com

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