Building Bridges Through Books
Local schools in Guardia, Comunidad and Paso Tempisque recently received a very special visit from Four Seasons guests Benjamin Sweeney and his mom Deborah. They were there to donate books collected by the non-profit Ben founded while in his junior year of high school, Books Build Bridges. We had the pleasure to speak to them and learn more about their project.
What made you passionate about books, and why did you decide your charity would be focused on book donations for underprivileged children?
Ben: “When I was younger, my grandmother would pick me up from school, and she always had an abundance of books in the back of the car. I started volunteering at the Guadalupe Community Center in Los Angeles, tutoring kids from elementary and middle school in math and reading. I was struck by the impact reading had; how much it lit up their imaginations. After a while, I started collecting and donating my own books. Eventually, the idea developed into a non-profit.”
Deborah: “We found that needs often overlap. Requests for food donations are sometimes accompanied by requests for books. People are charitable, and if they can support two or more needs at the same time, they are more than happy to help.”