I got the following e-mail on Thursday (5/30/02) from my friend Bob in Corvallis, Oregon:
"I would like to do a textbook collection for Bir Zeit University and for our sisters and brothers in other schools in Palestine. ...I am putting out this e-mail in the hope that we can pull something together quickly. ...I will make sure that the books get to their destination in time for our sisters and brothers to use them. ...We need people to donate science, social science and humanities textbooks in good condition... Please let me know ASAP if you can assist. You can read about our efforts on http://pcwf.virtualactivism.org "
I immediately got ahold of the bookstore at Southern Oregon University in Ashland and by Friday afternoon was able to pick up three boxes of books (pre-calculus and accompanying study guides), and I then drove them up north to rendezvous with Bob. It was just that simple!
In this time of terrible violence in the mideast many of us feel there is so little we can do. Here is something positive that can be done! The school year is ending now, for high schools and for universities. Make contact with one near you and find out if there are books which are being discontinued that be donated to this wonderful cause. Do it. Make a difference. It is just that simple!