January flew right by and here it is February 1st already. If you are like me you are simply amazed at how quickly the days are flying by. It almost seems like it was just yesterday that I was posting the January Comments for a Cause, doesn’t it? The saying is true that time flies when you are having fun. At least I hope you guys are having fun reading some of my posts.
January we focused on giving back to the community – specifically the community around the Concord, NC area by highlighting Cooperative Christian Ministry. You can read all about this organization located in Cabarrus County by clicking here to read that post.
In a nutshell this organization which utilizes many volunteers seeks to provide immediate assistance to members of the community who are experiencing crisis in the areas of food, shelter, or finances while engaging them in a series of actions that will empower them to move beyond crisis. Not the easiest of goals but they do it and they do it amazingly well. I know many folks who volunteer countless hours at CCM and without this in the community there would be huge gaps. Chris and I are thrilled to donate $150 to CCM for the month thanks to your comments here on It’s Just Life. Thank you.
I have an ongoing list of charities to highlight for Comments for a Cause and have wanted to highlight The Bookworm Box for ages but they did not have their 501(c)3 status. I like to choose charities that have that status and I was patiently waiting for that to happen. I recently completed an online survey about what I liked and didn’t like about The Bookworm Box and that was one of my comments. Lo and behold I received an email shortly after completing that survey from the director Shanna Crawford telling me that they did indeed have that tax status and since November they were considered a 501(c)3. Bingo!
So what is The Bookworm Box and why do I want to feature it? It is the brainchild of author Colleen Hoover. I found out about the subscription box service from blogger friend Julie who blogs at Word Storm Casserole. She has recently become a life coach and her website here includes her new business information and blog. Julie told me about this great subscription service and I actually received a free month for review and posted that review here.
I fell in love with the idea of receiving autographed books every month (subscription can be customized to skip a month if need be) and when a space finally opened up I jumped in headfirst.
Subscription boxes are all the rage but the big difference about The Bookworm Box is that it gives back. You know I am all over that. Here’s how it works.
- Authors donate signed copies of their books .
- Authors also donate bookmarks, postcards and other book related promotional items.
- The Bookworm Box folks select 1 or 2 books (depending on your subscription) and pack them up with some seriously wonderful Bookworm Swag which includes pens, reading lights, notepads, earbuds , water bottles and other amazing items. Each box is a surprise and you never know what may appear under the crinkly paper. (And for the record I LOVE the crinkly paper even though others seem to complain about it.)
- The boxes get shipped out and everyone is happy.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
I realize I am yelling but the exciting part is that The Bookworm Box does not receive funding from outside sources. All monies received from subscriptions are used to reimburse overhead costs, such as books, packing supplies, paid employees, etc. 100% of the remaining profit is then donated to charity at the end of each monthly bookworm cycle.
The list of charities is vast and varied and that is what I love the most. Since 2015 over $1,000,000 has been donated to charities. YES! To view a partial list of the charities please click here.
I seriously cannot think of a better way to give back than to subscribe to The Bookworm Box. The books eventually make their way to my Little Free Library. My subscription dollars help to fund worthy charities. I get to discover some new authors. I get a monthly surprise. What’s not to love?
Please join me this month and comment often to help support The Bookworm Box. For every comment made on any blog post on It’s Just Life during the month Chris and I will donate 50 cents to The Bookworm Box.
Please check out their website, their mission and feel free to stop by their shop and select a few things to buy that you find there. If you want a monthly subscription you can sign up as well for what is available. Be sure to tell them I sent you by. Just sharing the book love, you know.