Hundreds of books help kick off new ministry

May 17, 2016

The Bazillion Drive is a dream come true for the Yellow House Book Pantry.

In 2015, Wesley Chapel UMC opened Yellow House Children’s Book Pantry. On Wednesdays, when the church food pantry is open, parents, grandparents, and other caregivers can choose two free books for each of their children. The book campaign has been a tremendous success. Churches in the Sylacauga area have donated hundreds of children’s books. Since the book pantry opened last summer, more than 600 books have been sent home to children living in poverty. Each book represents hope for a child.

The new influx of books from the Bazillion Book Drive will help begin a new phase of the Yellow House Book Pantry—The Red Wagon Ministry. It has been a dream since the inception of this organization. A red wagon filled with books will be delivered to local schools, daycares, and others who reach out to children. The children can look through the books and choose something special to keep.

Fighting illiteracy can begin with giving a book to a child. However, when a family struggles to feed their child, books are not a high priority. Organizations like the Yellow House Children’s Book Pantry help to fill this void for children, increase their chances of keeping up in school and takes steps toward a successful life.

The Bazillion Book Drive is an initiative of the Ministry with the Poor Operational Team, and will be the mission project for Annual Conference 2016. The book drive will continue to impact lives as the team discerns next steps. For more information about the Bazillion Book Drive, or to find out how your church can be involved, visit

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