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RSF Resident Starts Charity to Bring Books to Children in Need 

Books For Friends, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded by Rancho Santa Fe resident Sarah Lackey, whose passion for reading inspired her to help other children. A voracious reader, Sarah often found solace in reading. It was when she began to wonder what children without the means to afford books did that the idea to start a book drive came to her. In 2012, she launched her first one, collecting hundreds of gently-used books that were then donated to Promises2Kids. In 2013, she held another book drive and received over $5,000 in donations as well. The majority of the books benefited the Monarch School in San Diego. Now in high school the teen has also involved her school, Cathedral Catholic High School, with her fundraising goals. In spring, she led a book drive at the school and distributed books to inner city Catholic schools. Sarah’s most recent fundraiser, called a Friendraiser, took place at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and raised awareness about Sarah’s mission to bring books to children in need.

For those interested in lending a helping hand, Books For Friends is in need of Student Ambassadors and Educators. As a student ambassador to Books for Friends, you will work with the organization and assist with book drives and fundraisers. An educator is responsible for educating his/her school about the program. Additionally, any organizations in need of books can contact Sarah for assistance. Visit www.booksforfriends.net to see how you can get involved with Books for Friends.