The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute in Egleston Square has a vast collection of wild things, from unicorn tears and strange skulls to a big, furry paw that might once have belonged to the center's namesake creature.
Now, the kind and curious folks at 826 Boston - the writing and tutoring center for public school students that hides behind the research institute's freaky facade - are on the prowl for the good stuff: books.
Help 826 Boston inspire the imaginations of local kids by participating in their book drive, from Jan. 7 to Feb. 15. The goal is to raise at least 1,500 titles (including reference books) to keep on hand at their center in Roxbury. Drop-off points around the city will be posted soon to the center's website, or you can donate "new or gently used" books at the center itself, at 3035 Washington St. Take the opportunity to browse the faux-institute's selection of strange souvenirs, too - the shop's income helps the non-profit grow.
For more suggestions on how to help, e-mail Joseph, an 826 intern, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
826 Boston opened its doors in October as the newest chapter of 826 National, founded by author and publisher Dave Eggers. The writing and tutoring centers serve public schools in cities around the country, from San Francisco to Seattle, and are run by volunteers.
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