Be a Book Bunny provides new books for 1,800 children

United Way of Greenville County’s “Be a Book Bunny” project is putting new books in the hands of more than 1,800 children this spring. The goal is to help children build personal libraries, spread cheer and encourage healthy reading habits.

Employees at 61 companies and organizations volunteered to fill tote bags with new, age-appropriate books and other small treats for children served by United Way partner programs. 

“Nearly two-thirds of low-income children do not have any books in their home," said Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. "We want to change that. Having access to good books at home and being able to read at grade level is important to a child’s success in school, now and in the future. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers and companies for joining us to improve early literacy and school readiness in Greenville County.”

The tote bags are being delivered this week to children served by 18 United Way partner programs, reaching more than 1,800 children. 

Special thanks to these companies and organizations for participating:

Action Research Corporation
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
Ahold USA
Allen Tate
AMECO
Bausch + Lomb
Belk, Inc. Southern Division
Bennett Equipment and Supply Co. Inc
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS - Garlington Road Office
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS - Simpsonville Office
BMW Manufacturing Co, LLC
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Brown & Brown of SC Inc.
Canal Insurance
Christ Church Episcopal School
Corley Plumbing Air & Electric
Fabri-Kal Corporation
Furman University
G3 Real Estate Services, LLC dba Goldsmith Company
Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
GE
Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing
Greenville Country Club
Greenville County Library System
Greenville Health System
Greenville Technical College
Greenwood Genetic Centerlar
HomeTrust Bank
Hopewell Learning Center
Hubbell Lighting, Inc.
ITW - Hartness International, Inc.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
JTEKT Automotive
JTEKT North America Corporation
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville
Marsh USA Inc
Master PT
Maxim Staffing Solutions
MetLife
Monarch Elementary Chorus
Montessori School of Greenville
NAI Earle Furman
New Horizon Family Health Services
Northwestern Mutual
O'Neal Inc.
Pet Dairy
Pierburg Inc.
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
SynTerra
TD Bank
The Blood Connection, Incorporated
The Reynolds Company
The UPS Store of Greer at Hudson Corners
Think Up Consulting
UBS Financial Services Inc.
United Way of Greenville County
UPS Inside Sales Division
UPS Store at Hudson Corners (Greer, SC)
Verizon
Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP
Woodward, Inc.

Also thanks to Brett Swanson at McAlister Court, LLC for providing storage and sorting space for this year’s project.