Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) today announced that
Books-A-Million stores across the country collected books and toys
during their annual holiday campaign held mid-November through January
1. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Books-A-Million store
teams and through their partnership with the local community, over 180
charities nationwide received donations.
Each store chose to partner with a local organization that they believed
would benefit most from the campaign. "We chose the Georgia Baptist
Children's Home to receive this year's book and toy donations," said
Sharon Vacula, General Manager of the McDonough, Georgia
Books-A-Million. "They are dedicated to rebuilding the lives of children
who have come from difficult situations involving abuse, abandonment and
Justin Hodge, General Manager of the Brookwood Village Books-A-Million
located in Birmingham, Alabama, stated, "The kids currently staying at
Children's of Alabama, a hospital that provides specialized medical care
for ill and injured children across the state, will benefit from the
books and toys our shoppers donated this holiday season." Cayleigh
Cummings, who works for Children's of Alabama, agrees. "We are truly
blessed to be able to partner with Books-A-Million to raise the spirits
of the patients and families we served this holiday season. Close to 500
patients and families had a brighter Christmas this year thanks to the
'Sugar Plum Shop.' There is no way we could make an event like this work
without these types of organizations in our community and state."
Other organizations who participated in the campaign also provided
feedback on the impact of the holiday donation campaign. "Without
businesses like Books-A-Million, thousands of children in the
Mid-Florida area would not have gifts during the holiday season. We are
thankful that people in the community care enough to support our holiday
drive and bring smiles to the faces of children and parents in our
programs at Children's Home Society of Florida," said Jennifer Anchors,
Executive Director of the Children's Home Society of Florida.
Additionally, Denise Martin from the Altrusa Club of Portland describes
how beneficial the campaign is to the organization. "With literacy as
Altrua's primary service focus, so many in the state of Maine benefit
from the distribution of these books throughout the greater Portland
area and beyond, as our sister Altrusa clubs in Bangor, Biddeford/Saco,
and Sanford/Springvale also distribute books to needy members in their
local communities," said Martin. "Our ABC program in Portland receives
the largest benefit of the drive, as this program distributes books to
hundreds of kindergartners in schools serving poor readers, as defined
by the state as 'Chapter 6' schools."
Gratitude was also expressed by Michele Donegan, Commander at Hermitage
Precinct, representing the Metro Police Christmas Charities in
Nashville, Tennessee. "Thank you so much. The toys and books we
collected from the Nashville area stores are going to make many children
within Davidson County very excited on Christmas morning! Thank you so
much for partnering with us!"
Participating charities who received donations during the Holiday Book
and Toy Drive from Books-A-Million's 258 locations include, among
others, Children's Hospital of Alabama; Toys for Tots in Huntsville and
Florence, AL; Holiday Hope in Brunswick, GA; United Way in Kokomo, IN;
Ronald McDonald House in Joplin, MO; Shriners Children's Hospital in
North Carolina; Books-A-Go-Go in Jacksonville, FL; Brunswick Shriners
Hospital in Erie, PA; and Families Helping Families in Columbia, SC. The
outreach efforts of these organizations range from literacy and
fellowship to children's health and hunger. A list of all the charities
can be found online at www.booksamillion.com/bookandtoydrive.
"Through the generosity of our customers, and the overwhelming response
from our store teams, we were able to collect more books and toys than
ever before this holiday season," said Terrance G. Finley, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Books-A-Million, Inc. "Thank you to our
customers for supporting our local Books-A-Million stores, and giving
the gift of literacy to children in need this season."
About Books-A-Million, Inc.
Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation's leading book retailers and
sells on the Internet at www.booksamillion.com.
The Company presently operates 258 stores in 33 states and the District
of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names
Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional
bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. Also
included in the Company's retail operations is the operation of Yogurt
Mountain Holding, LLC, a retailer and franchisor of self-serve frozen
yogurt stores with 41 locations. The Company also develops and manages
commercial real estate investments through its subsidiary, Preferred
Growth Properties. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded
on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more
information, visit the Company's corporate website at www.booksamillioninc.com.
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