6-year-old Kelly Boston-Hill wanted to do something a little different for her birthday — She wanted to help other kids. To achieve this, she hosted a “contactless – social distancing” book drive, that would benefit a non-profit organization called; The Book Fairies. Her efforts were so successful that she has collected and donated more than 5,000 books. The organization was pleased with this and has named her a Book Fairy Jr.
Kelly, who has has a passion for reading, releases book reviews and read-alongs on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram TV. 6-year-old Kelly launched Kelly’s Doll House during the peak of the ongoing pandemic. The goal: to read to children that may not have access to books but may have access to video. During the New York COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate by Governor Cuomo, Kelly watched The Book Fairies read along. The Book Fairies launched Contactless Book Drives and she knew they would be a perfect fit to celebrate her birthday with a purpose. “Coronavirus caravans are cool but I want kids to read and books are amazing”; the 6-year-old said.
“On a yearly basis, The Book Fairies works so hard to open up access to books for kids and adults in need, distributing 2.3 million books since 2012. However, since COVID-19 has hit, the requests for books have increased as so many of the most vulnerable have been left in the dark without access to books. It is absolutely amazing and inspiring, how 6-year-old Kelly has selflessly and generously given up her birthday gifts for children who are less fortunate. She is leading by example and we are so grateful to her and her family for their support in helping us to continue giving the gift of reading. Because it starts with a book!”
Eileen Minogue, Executive Director for The Book Fairies, had that to say about Kelly’s drive.
Kelly’s Doll House collected over 3,000+ books within four hours that will be donated to local schools and community-based organizations in New York City and Long Island. The 3,000+ books were delivered via a drop off social distancing event that happened on Saturday, June 27th. According to The Book Fairies, this was the biggest collected drive during COVID-19 that they had experienced. This was all coordinated by a 5-year old, now 6-year-old girl.
The drive saw some special guests come to show support. Some of these include; Todd Jones “The Donutologist” – Cuzin’s Duzin; Collette V. Smith, the NFL’s 1st African American Female Football Coach and the New York Jets 1st Female Football Coach in franchise history; New York State Assemblywoman Taylor Darling (18th District); Dr. Michele C. Reed – “The Fit Doc”; and Celebrity DJ Ms. Chu. However, the efforts of Family, friends, and neighbors from New York City (Queens/ Brooklyn), Long Island, and across the nation cannot be overlooked.
They answered 6-year-old’s call to gather old/used or new books for children and adults to help Kelly’s Doll House increase literacy.
Some Additional contributors to Kelly’s Doll House Book Drive include Queens Courier, Tenenbaum Law P.C., Walter The Vault, The Fit Doc Wellness Group, and Vera Moore Cosmetics. The 6-year-old also received support from members of several organizations including ESOTA Dance School, Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Greater Queens and Eastern Shore Chapters of The Links, Inc., Jack and Jill of America Nassau County Chapter, Girl Scouts of America, Inc. Daisy Troop #1277, Brooklyn-Long Island Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Diner en Blanc Long Island, and The Fit Doc Wellness Group.
It’s a great thing to see all these people and organizations come together for a greater good; in spite of everything happening right now. 6-year-old Kelly has been named one of the Long Island Nets “Heroes of Long Island” for her kindness.