Thursday, September 29 2022

The shop hopes to raise more than $80,000 to give $100 gift cards to students who have lost their homes and belongings.

BOULDER, Colo. – A bookstore in Boulder helps children who lost their homes in the Marshall fire and their beloved books in the devastation.

Boulder Bookstore on Pearl Street raised funds to give each child a $100 gift card to replace their books.

The outlet has learned that 807 K-12 students have been affected.

The idea first evolved when students came up with book lists for the items they hoped to replace. The staff immediately wanted to step in and help.

“For all the staff, it was a really uplifting experience to come together and feel like we could do something. We could make a difference. I hope we will make a difference,” said general manager Arsen Kashkashian.

At first they heard that around 500 students had been affected. As the weeks passed, the number continued to increase, until they learned the exact number just a few days ago.

As they learned that there were more children, they continued to increase their goal. They hope to raise over $80,000 to give at least $100 to each child.

“It was a store-wide effort,Kashkashian said. “I think it would be really great to achieve a goal that seemed almost impossible when we started.”

So far they have raised over $72,000.

Monday at the end of activities is the last day to make a donation.

Every employee played a role in fundraising. Cashiers asked customers at checkout and the online sales team offered the option to donate online.

“I think I cried the first two times when someone – especially when someone chose to be very generous, because it was just striking,” cashier Lila Quinn said.

Quinn said almost everyone who buys a book will make some kind of donation, even if it’s only $1.

“I find it really touching. There’s a lot of kindness and generosity in people, whether someone donates a dollar to $20 or more. It’s really powerful to see people come together and not only caring about books, but also putting books into the hands of those who have lost them. It’s quite touching,” Quinn said.

The last day for fundraising is Monday at 7 p.m. You can donate in person at the store, over the phone, or online.

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