“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers”- Charles W. Eliot
In the last few years, we have purchased more than 1,000 books to a local children’s advocacy center. These include children’s books that children receive after visiting the center for counseling or treatment and psychological therapy books for the social workers and therapists. We are very grateful and honored that we can be part of this mission to help these children continue to grow and heal.
We also purchase books for children for some underserved families. We welcome you to join us in donating books and promote book reading.
STEM Toy Drive
We collect, purchase and donate STEM toys to local families in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. The educational toys, especially the STEM toys, will greatly help children develop their academic and STEM interests. These toys may be the only precious toys these children have. The shining faces from the children when they get the gift are such a reward!
CHAFF collects educational and STEM toys all year long, which usually costs $20-30 each. If you or your company is interested in donating money or toys (which must be new and unopened), please contact us.
Supporting Needy Children Locally
We have been working with local schools and churches to provide support to needy families and students in various ways. We donate books, school supplies, winter clothes, holiday gifts, and gift cards.
The last two years have been very difficult for a lot of families due to the impact of COVID-19. Daily necessities are in great demand. For example, one of the families in Arlington have five children with only father working with an annual revenue of $30,000. Another single mother with a teenage boy has an annual income of $20,000. If you are able, we encourage you to join us or other organizations to support the needy children and families in our area.
Book Drive and Community Library Program
Education is key in bringing a better life to needy children. And an important factor in education is to read good books. Love of reading is the foundation of education, knowledge, and wisdom. This is why CHAFF brings books to children in underserved areas who do not have access to books or other educational resources. For children in early childhood, reading is essential to enable them to reach their potential. CHAFF has donated more than 40,000 books to 40 schools, benefiting 20,000 students.
Starting in 2019, we start to help provide books to community libraries. We thereafter have built two libraries. The first library is in Yuxian, Hebei, and is a village library benefiting pre-school and elementary school-aged children both in the village and several surrounding villages. This is the only countryside library in the area. The second library is in Youyang, Chongqing, conveniently located on a public street to benefit many elementary and middle school-aged children. We will continue to work with communities to build more small libraries to help more children.