Still, some institutions refuse donations, a decision Bruno says is largely subjective. She suspects some administrators question the politics of certain members. But the group’s mission is apolitical.
‘‘We are basically responding to a need. But I don’t know if you can see that or understand that unless you are here with us,’’ Bruno says. ‘‘And probably working as the warden of a prison or working in a prison mail room, you do not see it that way at all.’’
She understands the skepticism but shrugs.
‘‘We are simply doing exactly what we say in our mission statement,’’ Bruno says. ‘‘We are sending books to prisoners. That’s all.’’