While my friend, Carson, and I were sifting through the library for a great book to read, we found out that our school library was seriously lacking in interesting books. So, we set off to look for books that could be donated to the school library to help anyone that likes to read. We had this idea, if someone buys a book then that person thinks that the book is interesting enough to go out of their way to purchase a copy. With this mindset we set out looking for book donations along with book suggestions so that we could go out and purchase those books to donate to the library. We got the money to purchase those books from friends and kind strangers that didn’t mind helping with our cause.
We spent decided that the timeframe should be 2 weeks, this is to see the amount of donation we would get regardless if it was in the form of books or money. This was because I was curious about how much a normal person can do to help in a cause. Between Carson and I we were as smooth in our words as the sound of glass breaking, it just doesn’t sound right and gets everyone’s attention in a bad way.
During the first week of the campaign we got a wonderful total of 34 books, 28 of them were children books, the reason behind this was because we were only asking for book donations. We saw the mistake in our original plan and quickly made changes, like not accepting children books anymore. The reason for the mass amount of children books was because people only buy books when they are a kids, when you grow up you get a library card. Originally this was how we asked people, we would approach people that we faintly know, Carson would be leading and I would follow close behind, then Carson would say “ Do you have any books that you don’t read that are just wasting away? If you do would you mind giving them to us?”. The next day that person would come to school with their backpack full of children’s book.
The Second week was much better, we corrected our flawed way of asking for book donations. Carson finally had enough of me just watching him ask people, so he sent me on my own to ask people for donations. It was horrible, it was like asking people that you don’t even know for a favor while knowing that you wouldn’t see this person again. I don’t do well with new people, so my friends were the ones that had to deal with me begging them for donations. This worked out for about a day, before I ran out of friends to ask. I was unwilling to ask for donations from strangers alone, so we made a compromise where the amount of money that I received as donation Carson would have to match it. The motivation of making Carson’s wallet cry with emptiness, propelled me to talk to strangers. I was able to get 42 dollars and 8 books from donations, Carson was able to get 17 books and 53 dollars from donations excluding the 42 dollars that he had to put in. With the money that we got and the list of suggestions from people, we went to a bookstore to buy used books, in total we were able to get 42 books.
Carson thought that it would be a better idea to sent the books off to the public library rather than the school library. Carson persuaded me to go along with it because some of the books aren’t really school appropriate and that would lead to some complications when they check the books. Taking the low road we just dropped off the books at our public library. It was an interesting experience knowing that you helped someone in the future by basically stealing from someone in the present.