|Published:||Jan 10, 2013 7:31 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 10, 2013 9:11 AM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A new non-profit is rolling through Southwest Florida and it's looking for children's books.
Big Rig Books was created with the goal of promoting children's literacy. It collects donated books with a tractor trailer bookmobile, and delivers them to kids who need to build their home libraries.
Big Rig was the idea of John and Kathy Gervase, a couple from Chicago who stay part-time in Fort Myers. The semi, which has been outfitted to work as a traveling library is about 35-feet long and can carry more than 7,000 books.
The organization is already partnering with local literacy groups in Southwest Florida, such as 'K is for Kids', which is based in Naples and is scheduled to start delivering books to local schools this month.
Big Rig is looking for help from the community, whether through donations of time, money, or books.
This Saturday, the Gervase family will hold a neighborhood book drive. Anyone wishing to donate can stop by 1501 Inventors Ct. in Fort Myers between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.