Books Will Go Now Locals Generosity Helps Group Find Shipping Solution
Byline: Kerry Lester
Sherry May has found a way out of her Catch-22, thanks to an outpouring of suburban generosity.
May, an Elgin resident who runs not-for-profit Go With Books, recently sought help getting thousands of books and supplies to needy Louisiana students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Go With Books, incorporated in October, distributes unwanted books to needy communities around the country. It is unable to accept monetary donations because it hasn't yet been granted 501(c)(3) tax code status.
And, as a newly founded organization, Go With Books has no money to put toward a rental vehicle, which in total would cost hundreds.
"We're in a Catch-22," May told the Daily Herald on Jan. 4. "I thought (transporting the books) was going to be a no-brainer. Heck - I can get a rental car for $15 a day."
Now, through a coordinated effort from a Glendale Heights logistics company, a Winfield musician and an Elgin office supply company, May's books will travel down to Louisiana this week.
"People from all over the suburbs, even as far as Texas, called after reading the first article - just volunteering what they had," May said.
After "a lot of time on the phone" a plan was hatched using a pool of resources.
Ron LaFleur, the Winfield musician, helped May and Go With Books' secretary Dawn Farris transport the books from May's garage to JBS Logistics in Glendale Heights. …