Alexis Tebon and Julia Long were expecting only four full boxes of books but instead received at least 20 more boxes than expected, with a total of 2,436 books.
Alexis Tebon and Julia Long were expecting only four full boxes of books but instead received at least 20 more boxes than expected, with a total of 2,436 books.

   “Giving is more important than receiving.”

   This is a lesson that was instilled into Alexis Tebon and Julia Long as they grew up and one they held close to their hearts.

   It’s also what inspired Tebon last year to hold a book drive.

   Knowing she could not organize the drive on her own, she asked Long to help her.

   “We kind of did this together,” Tebon said.

   She explained she wanted to promote reading in the community by donating the books from the drive to local day cares, assisted-living sites and charitable organizations.

   “I thought that it would be a good idea to promote reading in the community and literacy in the community because a lot of kids don’t read books that often anymore,” Tebon said.

   “Nowadays, it seems like everyone just wants to be on technology, so I thought exposing kids to books again, it would be a good change,” Long said.

   Though Tebon created the idea in 2018, the two girls were not able to run the drive as a result of time constraints until the end of 2019.

   Read the full story, including their reactions when they gathered the two thousand books, in the Jan. 9, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.