Most days I write about products, places, and people I love but today I’m going to talk about a program that is close to my heart. Months ago, I volunteered to find a home for a Little Free Library. As soon as I learned Little Free Library’s message, I knew I had to jump in and help. Unfortunately, all of the spots were filled, but about a month later, I was asked to be part of the program. I was so excited, you guys have no idea!
“Take a book, leave a book”
Always a gift, never for sale.
My Little Free Library was made possible by Hunter Public Relations and Post Foods. We all partnered up in hopes to teach little ones library etiquette, sharing, and most of all, the love of reading!
This special Little Free Library has a unique design and it’s own set of books. The Alpha-Bits branded libraries star popular PBS Kids’ Super WHY! characters to promote reading skills and encourage children to become Super Readers. Do you guys remember my post with my super hero nephew? 🙂
I originally wanted my Little Free Library in my hometown of Mount Dora, but the people around here didn’t show enthusiasm for it. This program is special, I didn’t want to put my library just anywhere. The perfect home was under my nose all along.
My Godmother, who is also my biological aunt (boom!) is from Winter Garden. I sometimes attend her bible studies if I’m in town, or meet up with her and my uncle at Axum Coffee. This coffeehouse isn’t just any other coffeehouse, they give 100% of their profits away to serve the world, including orphan care, fresh water needs, medical care, education, and more. How amazing is that?
When I contacted Axum about this cause, they were excited and said “yes!” without me having to explain all the details. Finally, people who got it! 🙂
Here is their story:
“The Dream began in 2005. We have been envisioning a gathering place for the community to do life together. Not just a place about the coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries, panini and desserts, but rather a place about people in the community coming together around a cause. A place about helping those in need: locally, nationally and internationally. A place about giving instead of taking. A place where guests are not just numbers, but people with stories to tell. We wanted to find a way to tangibly touch the lives of people in need: orphans, human trafficking victims, the poverty-stricken, those without potable water, etc while creating a place that unites the local community. So, we decided to give all the profit away in hopes of changing the world…one cup of coffee at a time.
The name was born out of this dream. Axum is a city in Ethiopia. In Axum there are 45,000 people. The is no fresh water, inadequate medical care, 1000 orphans on the streets and 1000 beggars who are old, blind or physically impaired in some way. Most people walk over 5 miles each day to collect water from a reservoir that then needs to
be boiled to be relatively safe.
Over the next 10 years, with the right funding and committed people we can bring fresh water to the city, enhance medical care, sponsor orphans back into homes of relatives or friends and help care for the old, the poor, the blind etc. If we do these things the city will experience total transformation and our impact will be felt for generations to come. We are currently working in Axum and hope that in 10 years this WILL be our story. Axum will always be a picture of our dream for cities around the world. Let’s change lives one city at a time!
This is our story. Join us and make it your story!
We would love to hear about local, national and international causes that are near and dear to your heart. Please share relevant information with us at firstname.lastname@example.org “
This was a match made in heaven, if you ask me. Guess what else Little Free Library does? They give books to Africa. They have an exciting new partnership with the non-profit Books for Africa where Little Free Library ships $1,000 worth of books to African villages.
Axum even has a children’s area
Perfect home <3
They also have a donation station where you can drop off soap.
This little sweetheart is enjoying the Free Little Library. This was taken days after I dropped it off. I know her parents. Thank you, K&J for sharing this with me and my readers!!
Their coffee and goodies are so delicious!
One more thing, The West Orange Times wrote a story about me and this program. Check it out here.
Come visit Axum Coffee. Enjoy yourself and help others.
If you would like to donate to my Little Free Library, contact me or Axum Coffee.
My Little Free Library was sponsored by Post Foods. They provided the house and books. I was not financially compensated.