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November | 2014
2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists Shipment: The Books Have Landed!
From Warehouse to School Library: Voyage of 39,482 Great New Books
  • That's a wrap! Fourteen of 29 pallets of books at the Harte-Hanks warehouse
    That's a wrap! Fourteen of 29 pallets of books at the Harte-Hanks warehouse
  • The 29 pallets filled up an entire AIT Worldwide Logistics 18-wheeler truck
    The 29 pallets filled up an entire AIT Worldwide Logistics 18-wheeler truck
  • Next stop: From Massachusetts to the ships at Tropical Shipping in Florida
    Next stop: From Massachusetts to the ships at Tropical Shipping in Florida
  • The maestro! Jomo Douglas, St. Vincent Ministry of Education's Customs broker
    The maestro! Jomo Douglas, St. Vincent Ministry of Education's Customs broker
  • Courts and the Hands Literacy Link for St. Vincent, Elaine Ollivierre, deliver
    Courts and the Hands Literacy Link for St. Vincent, Elaine Ollivierre, deliver
  • Unloading the Courts delivery truck at C.W. Prescod Primary School, St. Vincent
    Unloading the Courts delivery truck at C.W. Prescod Primary School, St. Vincent
  • Wayne, Jerry, and Shane, the rainsoaked but unstoppable Courts delivery crew
    Wayne, Jerry, and Shane, the rainsoaked but unstoppable Courts delivery crew
  • On Grenada, the Courts truck delivers to Bonair Government School
    On Grenada, the Courts truck delivers to Bonair Government School
  • They're here! The books arrive at Langley Park Government School, St. Vincent
    They're here! The books arrive at Langley Park Government School, St. Vincent
  • Unloading the books for 31 schools at the Roseau Lions Club on Dominica
    Unloading the books for 31 schools at the Roseau Lions Club on Dominica
  • Man, the encyclopedias are heavy! Moving the books into the Lions Den
    Man, the encyclopedias are heavy! Moving the books into the Lions Den
  • Lion Louisiana Dubique (left) with Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo
    Lion Louisiana Dubique (left) with Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo
  • Thanks to World Book, schools received new encylopedias and reference books
    Thanks to World Book, schools received new encylopedias and reference books
  • New books, new library. Blessed Sacrament RC Primary School on Grenada
    New books, new library. Blessed Sacrament RC Primary School on Grenada
  • Can we open them yet? Students at Ave Maria RC Primary School, St. Lucia
    Can we open them yet? Students at Ave Maria RC Primary School, St. Lucia
  • MoneyGram Foundation handover at Beach Allen Primary School, St. Kitts
    MoneyGram Foundation handover at Beach Allen Primary School, St. Kitts
  • See our rejuvenated library! Clare Valley Government School, St. Vincent
    See our rejuvenated library! Clare Valley Government School, St. Vincent
  • On Grenada, Grand Roy Government School students look over the titles
    On Grenada, Grand Roy Government School students look over the titles
  • Let the reading begin! At Troumaca Ontario Secondary School, St. Vincent
    Let the reading begin! At Troumaca Ontario Secondary School, St. Vincent
  • Wow, did you know this...? Vieille Case Primary School, Dominica
    Wow, did you know this...? Vieille Case Primary School, Dominica
  • MoneyGram Foundation at Massacre-Canefield Primary School, Dominica
    MoneyGram Foundation at Massacre-Canefield Primary School, Dominica
  • Shipment snapshot: The books cover every reading age and interest
    Shipment snapshot: The books cover every reading age and interest
  • Shipment snapshot: The A-Z Mysteries series is always in high demand
    Shipment snapshot: The A-Z Mysteries series is always in high demand
  • Celebrating at New Prospect Primary School on St. Vincent
    Celebrating at New Prospect Primary School on St. Vincent
  • These young readers are ready! Judy's Pre-School on St. Vincent
    These young readers are ready! Judy's Pre-School on St. Vincent
  • New books and discoveries at J.W. Fletcher RC Secondary School, Grenada
    New books and discoveries at J.W. Fletcher RC Secondary School, Grenada
  • Dr. Seuss is here! All smiles at Calibishie Primary School, Dominica
    Dr. Seuss is here! All smiles at Calibishie Primary School, Dominica


Hooray! The 39,482 books of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment to 107 schools and community libraries have landed! This miracle has been made possible by you, our loyal Hands donors. So please take a bow! And, of course, none of this would happen if not for the generous assistance of our Hand Logistics Angels, who gave their invaluable support to Hands for the seventh year. Harte-Hanks provided warehouse space, boxes, pallets, fork lifts, and all manner of expert help. AIT Worldwide Logistics donated an 18-wheeler truck to move the 24,460-pound, 29-pallet load from Massachusetts to Florida. And Tropical Shipping provided discounted ocean shipping to six islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Which is where the Hands Literacy Links, with the help of Courts delivery trucks and key movers and shakers from each island's Ministry of Education, swung into action to get the boxes delivered from ships to schools. Thank you all!

GivingTuesday: We'll Double Your Donation Dollars!
Tuesday, December 2, is GivingTuesday, the national day of giving back. Thanks to the generosity of two longtime Hands supporters who will match your gift up to a total of $23,000, you can turn the day into "Hands Tuesday" with your donation. Make your donation at our special Hands Giving Tuesday donation page and these two Hands supporters will match it. It's the caring spirit and generosity of all of our Hands donors who make this whole miracle (see above) occur every year. Fifty-eight thousand Caribbean children send hugs!